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Communities Building Resilience: South LA

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) & US Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-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.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research