The DLANC Sustainability Committee meets on the First Tuesday of every month at the Central Public Library.
Our committee chairs host office hours and neighborhood stakeholders gather for project workshops
to help advance several community-driven initiatives - for Downtown Los Angeles.

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Special Committee Meeting - Monday, May 24 at 6:30pm

We are hosting a special meeting (which will replace our regular meeting) to formalize our 2010-2011 budget request. In addition, there are a few new projects and upcoming opportunities which we would like to discuss as a group.

We also invite all DLANC candidates to attend our meeting and introduce themselves - you will get a couple of minutes to share your vision for Downtown Los Angeles. Check out our complete agenda. See you there!

Sustainability Committee Special Meeting
Monday, May 24 from 6:30pm-7:45pm

Central Public Library, Meeting Room A

Meeting Agenda:
  1. Welcome and introductions.
  2. Review and approval of meeting minutes from the May 2010 regular meeting.
  3. Announcements: Neighborhood Council Elections are June 25. Candidates are welcome to introduce themselves to the Sustainability Committee. Any other public announcements?
  4. Committee Budget for 2010-2011: We have to develop our proposal for the next annual budget. We are hoping the Neighborhood Council will still have the $45,000 as we did last year. Last year's budget allocation was $6,000.
  5. Sustainable Community Projects Internship: We are proposing a second internship for this summer to continue to develop our outreach capacity and internal organization. Tamara to present the job description for approval and posting.
  6. Green Space & The Harlem Place Project: Update on the May 3 presentation to the community and next steps.
  7. Green Space & The Urban Garden Guide: We have a launch! We need a volunteer to help us coordinate the translation.
  8. Green Space & Tree Planting Guide: We have a launch! Gunnar to present guide.
  9. Green Space & Green Pockets: Discuss potential partnership with the Downtown Los Angeles Youth & Cultural Center to help them build a more sustainable parking lot. We would like to help them identify resources and partners to do something better than an asphalt surface lot as their primary revenue generator and would like to include this project as an extension of the Green Pockets initiative.
  10. Mobility: Pedestrian Cross-Walks: Community members are invited to bring a few ideas of where we should target a corridor of mid-block crosswalks. Current suggestions include: Broadway, Spring Street & Main Street.
  11. Sustainability Committee office hours are designated opportunities to work on projects for the community. Next office hours are Monday, June 14 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Come visit!
  12. Adjournment.

Green Pockets - Greening a Parking Lot

The DLANC Sustainability Committee is considering a partnership with the Downtown Los Angeles Youth & Cultural Center to help them "green" their parking lot. It will be a BIG POCKET of green space that we hope will set the example for the rest of Downtown. Get involved as we kick-off this exciting initiative!

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Harlem Place Project - Starting a Conversation about Green Alleys Downtown

At a community presentation of the Harlem Place Project, the graduate student team from the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management discussed the impacts of transforming small-scale open space on both a local and regional level. With more than 900 miles of alleys and many park-poor neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, the DLANC Sustainability Committee is interested in understanding more about what can be done to enhance our urban environment, improve stormwater quality and quantity, air quality, reduce heat island effect, and create a more livable neighborhood.

Click here for a full update on the project and copies of the reports from the Bren Team.