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Communities Building Resilience: South LA
Low-income communities are most vulnerable to the threats of disaster. SCOPE has partnered with USGBC-LA and USGBC National on a long-term vision to promote resilience in South Los Angeles. The USGBC-LA is developing a Building Resilience Certification System to incentivize solutions for buildings and communities. Our project will create both a real world example of community resilience building, as well as tools to replicate the process in other communities.
In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
- South LA
How do you plan to use these resources to make change?
- Conduct research
- Engage residents and stakeholders
- Implement a pilot or new project
- Mobilize for systems change
- Build a toolkit
How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?
- Access to healthy food
- Exposure to air toxins
- Number of households below the self-sufficiency index
- Percent of imported water
- Walk/bike/transit score
- Acres and miles of polluted waterways
- Rates of mental illness
- Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
- Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
- Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)
Please explain how you will evaluate your work.
These criteria will help us evaluate our work: • The number of community members who actively engage in the resilience process • Incorporation of job training into implementation of all projects • Environmental metrics appropriate to targeted measures (e.g. water or energy saved) • Survey of participants to assess levels of awareness, preparedness and sense of connection as a result of the project • Evaluations and feedback from USGBC-LA advisors and SCOPE
Our project will be also be measured by the successful completion of: • A long-range community-driven resilience vision supported by a detailed implementation plan and milestones • Identification, design and implementation of physical improvements in the SCOPE facility and surrounding community • A written case study that documents and develops a replicable and scalable process for involving communities in climate resilience efforts
How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?
- Money (financial capital)
- Volunteers/staff (human capital)
- Publicity/awareness (social capital)
- Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
- Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
- Community outreach
- Network/relationship support
- Quality improvement research