Friday, November 20, 2009

Creating a Community Greening Strategy for Downtown

Creating a Community Greening Strategy for Downtown
Community members invited to participate in the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team Program in Downtown


From Wednesday, December 2 to Friday, December 4, 2009 a team of sustainability experts from across the nation will converge upon Downtown Los Angeles to assist the local Neighborhood Council Sustainability Committee in creating a community greening strategy. Downtown was one of only ten communities selected nationwide to host a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT), a program run by the American Institute of Architects. Your input and participation is needed to ensure that any recommendations developed by the team respond to the sustainability issues you think are most important in Downtown.


The SDAT program is a community assistance program that brings teams of volunteer professionals to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders to help them develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. The goal of the project is to create a report that helps to guide the Sustainability Committee's work, identifies key projects to improve the sustainability of downtown, and serves as a model for other Neighborhood Councils to work on sustainability issues at the grassroots level. 


During their three day visit, the SDAT will take a comprehensive tour of Downtown and meet with key stakeholders from the public, nonprofit, private, and education sectors. Community members are invited to a community mixer to meet the SDAT members (Dec 2), to a public working session to engage the visiting experts while they develop their recommendations (Dec 3), and to a closing presentation and reception at the LAPD Headquarters Auditorium to hear the preliminary findings and provide feedback (Dec 4). With active community participation, this intensive three-day visit will yield a report that responds to community issues and serves as the foundation for working towards a more sustainable downtown in the upcoming years.


Our schedule is still evolving and a finalized agenda will be posted on our website by Wednesday, November 25. You are encourage to participate in this exciting project and invited to attend the closing presentation on Friday, December 4 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the new LAPD Headquarters Auditorium (202 W. 1st Street). For more information, please see the attached press package for our schedule or email us at with any questions. 


The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council is a grassroots-level advisory committee representing a diverse group of stakeholders that live, work, and own a business downtown on issues ranging from affordable housing, economic development and sustainability to arts, land use, education, and public safety. The Sustainability Committee is one of several committees of community volunteers who are taking an active role in the future of our neighborhood. Awarded a 2009 Los Angeles American Planning Association Award and California American Planning Association Award of Merit, the Sustainability Committee is building momentum and recognition for its greening efforts in Downtown Los Angeles. 



For more information, please contact:
Ashley Z. Hand, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA
Chair, Sustainability Committee
Director, Area-Wide Work-Force, Private Sector
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, 2008-2010

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