Category Archives: Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance

July 15 NCSA Forum: Getting to 100% Renewable Energy in LA

July 15 NCSA Forum: Getting to 100% Renewable Energy in LA

City Council passed a motion last year directing LADWP to study 100% renewable energy for Los Angeles, and a lot has happened in the meantime. Join the NCSA on Saturday, July 15 to hear from experts and local advocates about the status of the study, what’s next for LA, and how you and your Neighborhood Council can take action on initiatives to green our ports and curb neighborhood drilling.

We’ll also set aside time for networking and discussion.

All welcome, though space is limited, so please RSVP HERE today!


July 15, 2017 from 1pm – 4pm


Holy Nativity Episcopal Church
6700 W 83rd St, Parish Room
Los Angeles (Westchester), CA 90045
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Call for Cool Blocks LA Leaders in Your Area


Call for Cool Blocks LA Leaders

The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA), in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, seeks volunteers in each Council District who wish to help their neighborhoods become greener, safer, and resilient to disasters. Join the NCSA on either Sat., Oct 15 in Playa del Rey, orSun., Oct 23 in Hollywood, to learn all about the new Cool Blocks LA pilot program that brings Angelenos together to achieve these goals using an innovative neighbor-to-neighbor engagement and support model.

Cool Blocks LA Leaders are building a more sustainable, resilient and socially connected LA — block by block — while also honing their leadership, coaching, and team-building skills and improving neighborhood knowledge of and access to citywide resources.

Click here for more information, and RSVP now for a Cool Block Café to learn more, hear from current leaders, and meet other prospective leaders. And please spread the word!

Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) Open Space Circle July 9, @ 1:00 noon

NCSA Open Space Circle

You’re invited to join the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) on Saturday, July 9, for an Open Space circle (aka an “unconference”) where YOU propose topics for discussion, and then convene or join topic sessions you care most about.

Depending on interest, sessions might range from shaping the NCSA’s advocacy, programming, or outreach strategies, to brainstorming a community sustainability project, to helping a NC green committee address a thorny challenge — or something altogether different!

Anyone with the desire to contribute, learn, or network is welcome to participate!

Please RSVP here:

P.S. Come early (10:00 to Noon) to participate in PlanCheckNC‘s monthly meeting, which will be held at the same venue.

NCSA Forum: Green teams, Cool Blocks, DWP Reform, and more

ncsaheaderNCSA Forum: Green teams, Cool Blocks, DWP Reform, and more

Ever wonder how your Neighborhood Council can have more of an impact on green and sustainability issues, either through advocacy efforts or by empowering your community members to take action on quality of life issues that matter the most to their neighborhoods?

If so, please join the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance at its next public forum on Saturday, March 12!

Participate in a panel discussion about forming and growing effective Neighborhood Council green teams; learn about the current DWP reform public process and why it matters for a sustainable LA; and join small group conversations with sustainability pros from Energy Upgrade CA, Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife and Environment California.

You’ll also hear about the NCSA’s exciting new Cool Blocks LA program, which offers Neighborhood Councils a smart and simple way to help residents build green, resilient, healthy, and socially connected neighborhoods, block by block.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and share with community sustainability advocates!

This event is free, but space is limited and RSVPs are required. Learn more here!

Opportunities to get involved with the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA)

ncsaheaderOpportunities to get involved with the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA)

The NCSA is coming up on our first year anniversary and building momentum! We encourage you to get involved with us, share your voice, and help us shape a sustainable future for LA:

Connect with us online: Connect with NCSA and NC green leaders at our Facebook page and group to: stay abreast of the latest sustainability news that affects LA and Neighborhood Councils; share resources and calls to action with other NCs and NC green and sustainability committees; or get help with questions!

Become a member: Ask your Neighborhood Council to join Atwater Village, Harbor Gateway North, Historic Highland Park, Northridge East, Reseda, Silver Lake, South Robertson, and Valley Village as inaugural members of NCSA! Together, we can have a stronger voice on environmental and sustainability issues. Please review our bylaws and learn how your Neighborhood Council can join.

Start a green committee: Join the growing number of Neighborhood Councils that have formed sustainability or green committees, as did Greater Wilshire, Studio City, and Van Nuys recently!

Join a committee or working group: Current opportunities include: Advocacy, Collaborative Tools / Technology, Communications / Marketing, Fund Development, Governance, Programming, and Water. (We ask for a minimum commitment of four hours per month.) To learn more, please contact us:

Become an NCSA Outreach Liaison: We currently have opportunities in the Harbor, South LA, and West LA Planning Areas. For details, please contact us:

Sustainability advocacy opportunities

The Advocacy Spotlight page on our website highlights advocacy opportunities for Neighborhood Councils.

Also, be sure to check out our running list of council file motions that relate to sustainability!

Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA)

Post-Congress NCSA Mixer + LA2050 “Draw the Future” Exhibit

Post-Congress NCSA Mixer + LA2050 “Draw the Future” Exhibit

The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) invites all Congress of Neighborhoods attendees to join us directly after the Congress for an informal mixer and opportunity to “draw the future” of LA!

Enjoy appetizers and a drink with fellow Neighborhood Council members and supporters, and interact with a team of visual design artists to help develop the “LA2050″ Plan — which aims to make LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live by 2050.

Space is limited! Please RSVP now, then stop by the NCSA table during the Congress to pick up a beverage ticket for the mixer event.

Many thanks to the hard work of the NCSA governing board and committee volunteers, and generous support by the Goldhirsh Foundation and TreePeople, for making this event possible.

Note: Weather permitting, the mixer will be held outdoors on the private, heated patio of the Justice Urban Tavern, a 3-5 minute walk from City Hall. In the event of rain, you’ll find us inside the Tavern.

Details and RSVP link:

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