2. The Sustainability Committee has been recognized by the LA Section of the American Planning Association with a 2009 Planning Excellence Award for Grassroots Initiative.
3. The bus stop requested by community member Daveed Kapoor, as presented at the last Committee meeting, has been approved and started running last Monday. Sustainability Committee to amend letter to be a thank you to the Metro Board for their responsiveness.
4. Meeting minutes SC-09-090420 approved without objection.
5. Gary Jacoby presented his experience from the Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo which covered a renewable energy, LEED for Public Agencies, Beyond the Green Building Program and a presentation on LACCD by Larry Eizenberg.
6. Project 1 Update: Rooftop Edible and Composting Containers (Jennifer Regan): first meeting planned for last week of May/first week of June; three models under consideration including community garden, SRO rooftop, and business roof. American Apparel being considered as a business partner and prospective site. Other suggestions for consideration include: 9th Street Elementary School, Santee Alley, 945 Mateo, Weingard. A permaculture event is tentatively planned for the weekend of the Summer Solstice (June 19-20).
7. Project 2 Update: Treeplanting (Gunnar Hand): first meeting planned for first week of June; project description draft has been developed; community member Lawrence Lawdry recommended Skid Row Brigade as potential community partner.
8. Project 7 Update: Event and Education Programming: Earth Day (Jennifer Regan presented committee work at Green Drinks which had a record turnout; Ashley Zarella presented the SDAT at the LA County National Conversation on Climate Action); upcoming events (Placemaking Series planned for expansion to the rest of the neighborhood, Summer Solstice Event in support of Project 1); Sign-ups: Tanner Blackman, Pamela Tuttle and Natalia Aguilar volunteered to assist with future events
9. Other Project Updates (20 minutes)
i. Project 6: SDAT (Sustainable Design Assessment Team) Grant: still stuck in agreement limbo as it is being reviewed by the City Attorney’s office.
ii. Projects 3-4: Increase participation in cost-saving efficiency programs and recycling/food waste programs: to focus on identifying programs.
iii. Project 8: Green Living Program: Pamela Tuttle expressed interested in getting involved with this project.
10. Bren School of the Environment Project Introduction: school project to investigate environmental and economic impacts of transforming Harlem Place into a more sustainable alley.
11. Community member Lawrence Lawdry requested that the Sustainability Committee investigate how we might address the waste left behind by people distributing food and clothes on Skid Row. Next steps: determine if there can be more centralized areas for distribution that could include recycling and trash receptacles.
12. Goals for next meeting: project template drafts to be developed; additional Outreach events scheduled
13. Next Meeting Proposed Agenda Items: Committee member Stanley Michaels to present research on biodegradable packaging.