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2008-10-31 (T.Guembes) Re: Sustainability Committee -- Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council

Hi Ashley,

We definitely would love to support what you are doing. We need more
leaders like you in our city. Let me know exactly what you need from
me and I will do my best to provide you with that information.

If there is something you'd like to get published also send that my way.

Keep up the great work.

Tony Guembes
Publisher / Editor
A publication for the Eco-Conscious Community
8350 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90211
323.556.0629 Tel
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On 10/30/08, Ashley Zarella, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA
> Dear Tony,
> As you know, I am a new member of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood
> Council and recently launched a Sustainability Committee to develop a
> community greening strategy for our neighborhood. We have an enthusiastic
> and diverse group of community members participating and we look forward
> to developing a program that compliments the great work being done at the
> city level. The intent is to enhance existing programs and services at the
> neighborhood and community level through outreach and education as we hope
> to foster a healthy urban environment for this and future generations.
> Although we are a new committee, we have already gotten to work on a grant
> opportunity that would provide this community with valuable resources and
> expert advice through the AIA (American Institute of Architects). The
> Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program is a community
> assistance program that focuses on the principles of sustainability. SDATs
> bring teams of volunteer professionals (such as architects, urban
> designers, planners, hydrologists, economists, attorneys, and others) to
> work with community decision-makers and stakeholders to help them develop
> a vision and framework for a sustainable future. We believe that this
> opportunity will empower our neighborhood with valuable information and
> resources and facilitate the work being pursued by the Downtown Los
> Angeles Neighborhood Council Sustainability Committee.
> You can read more about the SDAT grant here:
> I am writing because one requirement of the grant application is to
> provide letters of support from community leaders. I would like to ask you
> to partner with us as we pursue this exciting opportunity to focus on the
> environment at the community level. Your publication provides a focused
> look at work being done in Los Angeles and your partnership would help us
> fulfill some of the grant requirements for media outreach. Our deadline is
> fast approaching and we will need any letters of support by Wednesday,
> November 12. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please let
> me know as I would be happy to meet with you to provide you with more
> information.
> Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
> Sincerely,
> Ashley Zarella
> --
> Ashley Zarella, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA
> Director, Area-Wide Work-Force, Private Sector
> Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, 2008-2010