Introduction to the DLANC Sustainability Committee_2010


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Get a brief introduction to the work of the DLANC Sustainability Committee through Summer 2010. The Neighborhood Council subcommittee, founded in October 2008, is dedicated to creating a culture of sustainability for a more livable, affordable and efficient urban center.

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Introduction to the DLANC Sustainability Committee_2010

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  2. 2. In the beginning…<br />Need Identified: A strategic, sustainable vision for Downtown and DLANC<br />Goal: Develop a community greening strategy (plan) and resource toolkit<br />Tool: Launched the Sustainability Committee in October 2008<br />Park[ing] Day LA 2008<br />
  3. 3. Refine our mission<br />Establish a mission, objectives for committee<br />Include broad participation with diverse representation of the community<br />Listen to your neighbors to understand needs.<br />Long list of brainstormed ideas refined to a more defined group of projects for our first year<br />“Pilot” is critical concept; data-driven conclusions<br />Support other initiatives<br />Bilingual postcards<br />
  4. 4. Foster partnership<br />Focus on existing resources within the neighborhood<br />2008 Park[ing] Day Sponsors: City Council Districts and CRA-LA, professional and volunteer groups, private sector, etc.<br />Leverage limited budget to accomplish community goals<br />Engage a broad base with relevant and timely information<br />NC Event Budget: $200<br />
  5. 5. Park for a Day<br />Community Workshop<br />DLANC Outreach<br />Dog Park<br />Basketball<br />Recreation<br />Music<br />Youth Literacy<br />Public art<br />
  6. 6. Develop reputation<br />Created a committee vision and mission to guide our decision-making and involvement in the neighborhood<br />Applied for a national grant from the American Institute of Architects – professional association which gives $15K in resources with $5K community match<br />Ashley Zarella, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA<br />Greening the DLANC Office<br />
  7. 7. Our mission<br /> The Sustainability Committee is dedicated to empoweringthe Downtown community to create a culture of sustainability. <br /> We will work with the communityto increase accessibilityto existing programs and services through outreach and public education. We will identify and create opportunitiesfor new programming and partnershipsto meet our goals for a morelivable,affordable, and efficienturban center.<br />
  8. 8. Find know-how<br />To develop community greening strategy, need people who understand different issues<br />Affordable housing<br />Reintroduction of parolees<br />Economic development<br />Parks and open space<br />Transportation and walkability<br />Amenities and livability<br />2009 SDAT Application<br />
  9. 9. Talk about your work<br />Presented to LANCC, First-Ever LA Bioneers Beaming Conference; DLANC and Downtown stakeholders.<br />Community-driven change<br />2009 AIA SDAT<br />
  10. 10. Creating visibility<br />Outreach through word-of-mouth, blogspot, listservs, and meeting reports (both online and flyers)<br />Develop skills in outreach through best practices and testing<br />Innovation in numbers – grew list serve through event outreach and sign-up lists (opt-in marketing)<br />Blogger – free website<br />Committee work provides content<br />
  11. 11. Community Project<br />What do we want as a neighborhood?<br />Identify topics, themes, and other ways to organize ideas<br />Limit the total number of projects<br />Lesson Learned: We took on a lot of projects our first year making it difficult (and sometimes impossible) to meet goals.<br />Create guidelines (project and letter templates) and a structure to keep focused.<br />Harlem Place Project<br />
  12. 12. Our approach<br />Education<br />What did we learn?<br />What do people want to know?<br />Who can help us find out more?<br />What is available Downtown?<br />Outreach<br />Who would like to know?<br />Why is it relevant?<br />Are there existing tools?<br />Advocacy<br />What is the problem?<br />Who do we talk to?<br />How can we solve this together?<br />PPS with James Rojas Workshop<br />
  13. 13. Our goals<br />Livability<br />Urban beautification and living solutions<br />Affordability<br />Equity now and for the future<br />Efficiency<br />Resource efficiency and the efficient use of resources<br />Empowerment<br />Representing our community as a knowledgeable and inclusive voice<br />Shovel-ready<br />
  14. 14. Year One Projects<br />Eight projects total (yes - 8)<br />Project 1: Rooftop Edible & Compostable Containers<br />Project 2: Tree Planting<br />Projects 3 & 4: Increase Participation in City Services (Water & Energy; Waste & Recycling)<br />Project 5: Online Toolkit<br />Project 6: SDAT & Community Greening Strategy<br />Project 7: Education & Event Calendar<br />Project 8: Green Living Program<br />Ground Up<br />
  15. 15. (1) Urban Gardens<br />Rooftop gardens presented challenge – ordinances and rules unclear<br />Author of The Urban Homestead inspired “do-it-yourself” approach with presentation and stories<br />Community internship brought volunteer to help research<br />Committee’s Urban Garden Guide with local resources<br />Volunteer graphic designer<br />
  16. 16. (2) Tree Planting<br />Consensus-building in neighborhood<br />Million Trees (Mayor’s office) designated “corridor project” means bigger trees<br />Los Angeles Conservation Corps, community partner<br />Surveys and survey day<br />Verification of surveys<br />Permitting<br />Trees, tools, and staff<br />Planting day<br />Maintenance<br />
  17. 17. 31 trees on S. Alameda Street<br />
  18. 18. (3) Energy, Water(4) Waste & Recycling<br />First meeting – presentation by Bureau of Sanitation on multi-family recycling, waste assessment city programs<br />Maintained ongoing communication; distributed outreach materials for City; learned about resources<br />Looked for information that would appeal to business owners and residents<br />
  19. 19. (5) Online Toolkit<br />Collection of information, resources, and best practices<br />Lessons learned for increased efficiency<br />Why re-create the wheel?<br />Under development (ongoing)<br />Calendar of “green” Downtown activities<br /><br />
  20. 20. (6) SDAT&Community Greening Strategy<br />Team of ten professionals from across the country <br />Visited neighborhood and stakeholders<br />3-day visit included tour of Downtown with guides<br />Meetings with stakeholders on community organization, walkability, affordability, <br />First time ever awarded to neighborhood organization<br />SDAT would like to come back<br />Preliminary Report 12/2009<br />
  21. 21. (7) Education & Event Calendar<br />Connect people who share similar interests<br />Provide a resource for the community<br />Don’t always have to be the host<br />Calendar of events provides a good reason to revisit the website<br />Outreach kit provides easy tool for attending events<br />Community asset<br />Civic engagement<br />
  22. 22. (8) Green Living Program<br />Researched different programs, both city-sponsored and non-profit<br />Sought options that were free or affordable<br />Collected information and contacts for future program<br />Generally applied to all projects<br />This content will be useful for the online resource toolkit.<br />Urban Garden Guide<br />
  23. 23. Other projects<br />Green alley project by graduate student team from UC Santa Barbara<br />Adopted final document for planned (but unfunded) Fashion District program<br />Green Pockets – helping a Downtown Youth Center build a “green” parking lot<br />Understanding our options<br />
  24. 24. Today<br />Recognition by others<br />2009 Planning Excellence Award for Grassroots Initiative<br />2009 Award of Merit for Grassroots Initiative<br />First Annual NC Peer Award for the Environment<br />Community reference for sustainability issues<br />SDAT plan issued with recommendations from outgoing board<br />Identifying opportunities for change<br />
  25. 25. Tomorrow…<br />Board chair seat open<br />Volunteer for project(s)<br />Host office hours<br />