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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Next regular meeting: Tuesday, February 2

Join us for our next regular committee meeting - it is open to all!
When: Tuesday, February 2, 2009, 6:30-7:50pm
Where: Central Public Library, Meeting Room A (630 W. 5th Street)

Sustainability Committee & DLANC support planning CicLAvia event for Downtown

At our regular January Board meeting, DLANC voted to support the planning of a Downtown CicLAvia event to connect East Hollywood to Boyle Heights by recapturing the streets for people. Check out this presentation on CicLAvia and email us at if you'd like to be involved.

Proposed 2010 Projects: Developing Community-Based Initiatives for the Neighborhood

As discussed in December 2009 and January 2010, here are the community ideas to date for projects to be considered at Thursday's workshop (see post below).

Thursday's workshop will focus on identifying a few key projects for 2010 from this list, developing project goals and other information, and start working towards the successful implementation of some community-based initiatives organized by the general topics of Water/Energy; Waste/Recycling; Mobility; Green Space; and Green Business.

You are welcome to attend - please RSVP to if you are able to attend.

Project Ideas (Community Volunteer)

Accessibility, Partnerships & Community Vision
Universal Wi-Fi Access (Oscar)
Online Toolkit (?)
Nonprofit partnerships (Stan)
Community Greening Strategy & Microloan program study (Veronica)
Sustainability Vision Meeting (Gunnar)
SDAT Outreach & Partnerships (AZ)

Green Business

Engage Schools – UCLA, USC, LACCD (AZ)
Green Business Information (India)
Sustainability How-To Workshops

Green Space
Tree Planting, Schools & Gardens (Gunnar, Azya, Sean)
Community Gardens & Urban Gardening Workshops(Dawna, Marc, John, Skid Row Housing Trust?)
Green Alleys: Small Open Space Calculator Tool & the Harlem Place Project (Bren Students/Matt)
Model Green Block & Events: Margo Green Block – Block Parties and Urban Lab (Zane)

Caltrans Grant – Community Assistance Program, Transportation (Veronica)
Congestion, parking buy out and other urban strategies (Stephen)
Pedestrian/Bike-Friendly Urban Advocacy (CicLAvia, Park[ing] Day LA, and other events)

Trash & Storm Drain Research (Matt)
Styrofoam Research (Stan)
Survey Recycling Downtown (Maral)

2010 Community Projects - Get Involved this Thursday

Join us this Thursday, January 21 at the Los Angeles Theater Company (LATC) for our first 2010 Project Break-Out Meeting. We are hosting round-table discussions in an interactive setting to focus on our proposed community projects that address issues of Water/Energy; Waste/Recycling; Mobility; Green Space; and Green Business.

Even if you have never attended a Sustainability Committee meeting before - you are welcome and encouraged to participate! There will be a full list of proposed projects posted on our website tonight:

This Thursday promises to be a fun evening of discussion and planning for 2010 and pizza will be served. Join us as we kick-start this new format for the Sustainability Committee community-based projects. Please RSVP to if you can attend.

2010 Project Break-Out #1
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Los Angeles Theater Company (LATC)
514 S. Spring Street
6:30pm - 8:30pm (Pizza will be served)

New Park for Downtown? Community workshops resume tonight, Monday January 18

CRA/LA is applying for state funding to create a linear park on Grand Avenue near Olympic Blvd. They will be hosting the next community workshop on Monday, January 18 at 6:00pm at the Bureau of Engineering Bldg, 1149 S. Broadway, Conference Room SB-6, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

The meeting will cover: choosing the preferred park design. Please join us! The CRA needs your feedback.

The CRA is looking for community volunteers to help with these meeting. Interested? Email as soon as possible. Volunteers are asked to be there by 5:40pm on Wednesday.

There are several workshops and tours to follow. Check out our calendar for the complete schedule.

Downtown and walkability - A Walkers' Paradise

Out of cities across the country, Los Angeles ranks 9th overall for walkability according to Walk Score. Surprised? We were too. We were pleased to see our neighborhood, Downtown Los Angeles, ranked No. 2 within the entire city for walkability.

So what does this mean?

In 2010, the Sustainability Committee would like to focus on issues of walkability and help foster a more bike-friendly environment. What can we do to further enhance walkability Downtown?

01/05/09 - January Regular Monthly Sustainability Meeting

Tuesday, January 5, 2009, 6:30-7:50pm
Central Public Library, Meeting Room A (630 W. 5th Street)

Meeting Minutes SC-19-120109

1. Welcome.
2. Stanley Michaels commented that he enjoyed the December Special Meeting and would like to see a second Sustainability Committee meeting each month. Discussion deferred to later in the agenda.
3. Stuart Patterson invited our participation in upcoming LATC ArtWalk events now that the group is getting involved. Volunteered his services as a graphic designer.

4. Jonathan Parfrey presented CicLAvia – an event that will be coming to Los Angeles in 2010. They would like our involvement to help identify potential routes, plan the event itself and get involved to increase awareness about the need for a more walkable, bike-friendly cityscape. Motion to support the planning of CicLAvia passed. DLANC PROS committee also considering involvement.

5. Approval of December meeting minutes deferred to next month.

6. Motion to nominate Pamela Tuttle and Tamara Gishri as Public Vice-Chairs of the Sustainability Committee approved.

7. AIA SDAT presentation to be made to DLANC Board on January 12.

8. Harlem Place Project Update: Bren team has developed “scenarios” for Harlem Place and are working with AECOM to develop visuals for presentation to community.

9. Sustainable Community Projects Internship: Marc is now focused on developing a “Urban Garden Guide” and looking at developing a project for an actual community garden Downtown. Considering partnership with Skid Row Housing Trust.

10. 2010 Community Projects: Reviewed the original list of brainstormed ideas for projects from the December 2009 Special Meeting. A workshop format will be set-up organized around the major topics identified by the Committee: Mobility, Energy/Water, Waste/Recycling, Green Business and Green Space.

11. Adjournment

SDAT Presentation to LANCC (Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition)

Check out the presentation made to LANCC on Saturday, January 2 by Chair Ashley Zarella Hand. If you have any questions, please email us at

Please note: There is an additional case study on the Skid Row Tree Planting Pilot - this was not presented to LANCC today.

Thank you to Jim Diers and the entire SDAT for their contributions to this presentation. For more information on the SDAT members, please click here.

To watch the presentation, check this out:

Downtown L.A. NC from Michael Cohen on Vimeo.

Sustainability Committee meeting Tuesday, January 5

When: Tuesday, January 5, 2009, 6:30-7:50pm
Where: Central Public Library, Meeting Room A (630 W. 5th Street)



1. Welcome.
2. Public Comment on Non-agenda items including community announcements (3 minutes).

3. Jonathan Parfrey, the director of Green LA Institute, will be presenting Ciclavia ("seek-low-VEE-uh") to the Sustainability Committee at our next meeting January 5. They are seeking the support of DLANC for an event downtown this year. PROS Committee is also interested in getting involved. Motion: Sustainability Committee to support Ciclavia in Downtown Los Angeles and encourage the participation of DLANC.

For more information, check out our website:

4. Review meeting minutes from the December meeting. Action Item: Approve minutes SC-17-091201 (all meeting attendees - 3 minutes). Available on our website

5. The Sustainability Committee has two chair positions: the Board Chair and Public Vice-Chair. Currently, we are looking for interested community members to consider applying for the Public Vice-Chair position. Candidates to volunteer 10-12 hours/month (includes regular committee meetings and flexible office hours). Motion: Sustainability Committee to nominate new Public Vice-Chair for 2010.

6. Announcements:

a. AIA SDAT (Sustainable Design Assessment Team) Grant Update: There will be a presentation of the preliminary report to the DLANC Board on Tuesday, January 12. Sustainability Committee members are encouraged to attend!

b. Harlem Place Project: Bren Students are developing two “scenarios” to describe the potential impact of small-scale changes to a model Harlem Place. AECOM to provide pro bono design services for presentation to community. Next public meeting: February 2010.

c. Sustainable Community Projects Internship update. Marc Ross is working on a “how-to” pamphlet for ubran gardens and is researching possible sites for a community garden. Possible community partner: Skid Row Housing Trust.

7. 2010 Projects to be discussed. In light of our learnings from the 2009 Projects, we are empowering as many community projects within our mission. The list of ideas will be reviewed, discussed, and voted on. If you have a project idea, please attend! (45 minutes)

a. Committee mission: The Sustainability Committee is dedicated to empowering the downtown community to create a culture of sustainability. We will work with the community to increase accessibility to existing programs and services through outreach and public education. We will identify and create opportunities for new programming and partnerships to meet our goals for a more livable, affordable, and efficient urban center.

8. Upcoming events: (January 2010)
a. Jan. 4 (6:30-8:30pm) Sustainability Committee Office Hours – DLANC Office
b. Jan. 5 (6:30-7:45pm) Sustainability Committee Regular Meeting
c. Jan. 7 (6:00-8:30pm) Olympic-Grand Linear Park Workshop #1 – 1149 S. Broadway
d. Jan. 8: LA Bike Plan – Public Comments DUE TODAY
e. Jan. 9 (2:00-4:30pm) Olympic-Grand Linear Park Tour – Meet on Grand
f. Jan. 11 (6:30-8:30pm) Sustainability Committee Office Hours – DLANC Office
g. Jan. 12 (6:30-9:00pm) DLANC Board Meeting & SDAT Presentation – Los Angeles Theater
h. Jan. 13 (6:00-8:30pm) Olympic-Grand Linear Park Workshop #3 – 1149 S. Broadway
i. Jan. 18 (6:00-8:30pm) Olympic-Grand Linear Park Workshop #4 – 1149 S. Broadway
j. Jan. 22 (All Weekend) Go Green Expo (LA Convention Center)
k. Jan. 25 (6:30-8:30pm) Sustainability Committee Office Hours – DLANC Office
l. Jan. 30 (10am-6pm) Green Block Party #2 – Margo Street

9. Agenda items for next meeting?
10. Adjournment

The public is requested to fill out a “Speaker Card” to address the DLANC SUSTAINABILITY Committee on any item of the agenda prior to the Committee taking action on an item. Comments from the public on agenda items will be heard only when the respective item is being considered. Comments from the public on other matters not appearing on the agenda that is within the Committee’s subject matter jurisdiction will be heard during the public comment period. Public comment is limited to 2 minutes per speaker, unless waived by the presiding officer of the Committee. As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of services, please make your request at least 3 business days (72 hours) prior to the meeting you wish to attend by contacting Committee Board Chair Ashley Zarella at


Neighborhood Council election year - an opportunity for community engagement

This year is election year for Neighborhood Councils and all eyes are on the system as the City faces an economic crisis. This is a great year to get involved with your neighborhood - whether you live, work, own a business, volunteer for a nonprofit, or are otherwise considered a "stakeholder" in Downtown Los Angeles.

Representing nearly 420,000 people, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) has 28 board members representing districts and community interests to City Council. Through partnerships and volunteer hours, DLANC has mobilized many different community initiatives and has helped define this unique Los Angeles neighborhood.

Would you be interested to know more? Have you considered running for the Neighborhood Council? It is a great way to get involved with your community.

The candidate filing period for the DLANC election begins on March 30, 2010.

Forms to register as a candidate are available on the DLANC website: There are a lot of different types of seats available - so get involved today! You can also swing by the DLANC office (453 S. Spring Street, Suite 1020) from 10:00am-2:00pm daily to get a candidate packet.

We also need volunteers for our polling station on election day, Friday, June 25.

Check back here for more updates or go to the
DLANC and City Clerk's website for more information.