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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Regular Committee Meeting - This Tuesday, March 2

Join us for our next DLANC Sustainability Committee meeting this Tuesday, March 2. We have a lot of great things to discuss - check out our agenda and we hope to see you soon.

Sustainability Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 6:30pm-7:45pm at the Central Public Library (Meeting Room A)
630 W. 5th Street

  1. Public Comment.
  2. Approve meeting minutes from February meeting.
  3. Neighborhood Council elections registration for candidates begins later this month. You are encouraged to sign-up as a candidate and run for a seat on the Board of Directors.
  4. Mobility and the Cyclists' Bill of Rights (see Should DLANC adopt these guiding principles? Action to be considered to help create a more cyclist-friend Downtown.
  5. Mobility: Electric Community Car Share Program is a proposed plan to install electric car charging stations along Hollywood Blvd and advocate to create parking variance option for developers. Action to be determined.
  6. Mobility: Wireless Internet Accessibility project to help create free wireless hotspots throughout Downtown. Update on status.
  7. Green Space: Green Pockets Project to build small urban pocket gardens throughout the neighborhood has launched with two community information meetings and we are moving forward with planning for Big Sunday. To discuss a date for a survey day in March 2010 and introduce project team members. We need volunteers to help coordinate the first survey day.
  8. Green Space: Urban Garden Guide to be presented - it is a pamphlet with information about building your own urban garden guide. Action: Committee to consider reallocating funds to print brochure. Translation of text to come.
  9. Green Space: Tree Planting Project is ongoing with the Wells Fargo Foundation application submitted for maintenance funding for the Skid Row Pilot. Awaiting feedback.
  10. Green Living Education opportunity has been presented by Green Beacon, to potentially create a partnership with the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council. The goal is to develop green living education programming for Downtown Los Angeles. Will need volunteers to help coordinate.
  11. Sustainability Committee Chair office hours are designated opportunities to work on projects for the community. Come visit!

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Green Pockets: Small Garden Project for Downtown

Community Information Meeting
Central Public Library
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 - 12:15pm

Community Information Meeting
DLANC Office (453 S. Spring St, #1020)
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 – 6:45pm

Community Projects Workshop
Central Public Library, Meeting Room B
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 – 10:00am

There are many ways to get involved as we map possible spots for little gardens (native plants, flowers and maybe even edibles!) around the neighborhood. We hope you will get involved!

Looking to our members and friends for information

We've been tracking some of the news articles our committee members, community partners and others have recommended. Check them out and let us know if you run into anything interesting.

Introducing the 2010 Community Projects

Through a process of outreach and community meetings, the Sustainability Committee has chosen the following projects for 2010. We welcome your involvement in any of these initiatives. Or, if you have other ideas, please email us at

We've categorized these initiatives based on the general subject matter: Energy/Water; Green Business; Green Space; Mobility; Waste/Recycling.

02/02/09 - February Regular Monthly Sustainability Meeting

  1. Welcome and Introductions: Todd, Marc, Niva, Paul, Gunnar, Stanley, Christopher, Tamara and Ashley.
  2. Continuing education and outreach report. Committee represented at CITYLabs event (1/27/10). We need committee volunteers for upcoming outreach events (Green Block Party, 2010 Community Projects Workshop Scribe). We are also inviting committee members to bring a news item to the next committee meeting and suggest potential speakers.
  3. Stanley Michaels presented a news item on technology being developed by Hewlett-Packard.
  4. Recommendation to look into getting announcements into residential building email lists/building managers.
  5. Accessibility to wireless internet and potential “hot spots” Downtown. Committee to consider motion to support the creation of a pilot project to introduce free wireless Internet in Downtown. Proposed several sites for consideration: Pershing Square (already has one); Civic Center; Skid Row/San Julian and East 5th Street; Gladys Park; Grand Central Market; LAPD Headquarters; Bringing Back Broadway; Spring Street Park; Trade Tech. Look at Experience LA which has information about available hotspots.
  6. Presentation of draft Urban Garden Guide by Sustainable Community Projects Intern. Guide will be translated into Spanish, Korean, and committee also recommended Chinese and Japanese. Additional suggestions of resources included: The Green Door (hydroponics); FarmLab, fruit trees; Bank of America Starbucks coffee grounds for compost. Pitfire Pizza has a garden – potential image for brochure.
  7. Gunnar Hand presented the status of the Skid Row Tree Planting Project. Committee passes motion to support Wells Fargo grant application for tree maintenance.
  8. 2010 Project Workshop: Overview of new meeting format and introduction of proposed 2010 Projects.
  9. Energy/Water: Education and outreach for cleaner stormwater. Pet waste (dog walks) and business waste best practices.
  10. Green business: Data gathering on what businesses need to be more “green”
  11. Green space: Mapping and building small gardens around Downtown. Harlem Place Project. Tree Planting.
  12. Mobility: Bike racks, pedestrian crosswalks, and CicLAvia
  13. Waste/Recycling: Restaurant composting and multifamily recycling; would like to develop list of Downtown resources for waste disposal.
  14. Next 2010 Community Projects Workshop (Saturday, February 27 10AM – Noon)
  15. Motion passed to approve meeting minutes SC-17-091201 and SC-19-100105.
  16. Agenda item for next meeting: to review and discuss supporting the Cyclists’ Bill of Rights.
  17. Adjournment

Multi-Family Recycling Downtown

As part of our effort to understand participation in the City of Los Angeles' free multi-family recycling program, we have found this map identifying locations currently using the program.

Does your residential building have recycling? Is it included on this map? Let us know! Email us with your address and recycling status at

View Multifamily Residential Recycling Program in a larger map