live / 2015

Cool Blocks LA

Cool Blocks LA

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance

The “Cool Blocks LA” program will build planet-friendly, disaster resilient, socially connected neighborhoods in LA, block by block. By the end of the Cool Blocks LA pilot year, at least 10 neighborhood block teams across three Los Angeles communities will complete the program. In the process, these teams will reduce both their carbon and water footprints by an average of 25% while getting to know their neighbors and building their personal and shared resiliency.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • City of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Mobilize for systems change

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Percent of imported water
  • Walk/bike/transit score
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Actions taken by participating households and blocks will be measured by carbon pollution avoided resiliency and livability program growth number of actions taken

Points will also be awarded for the qualitative contributions of collaboration sharing participation leadership social innovation mastery This will help each team focus on the key performance indicators necessary for their success and the program’s growth.

In consultation with Mr. Gershon, the NCSA will design, implement, and analyze pre and post surveys related to the above measures.

The NCSA will also measure and report on such outputs as: block leader recruitment rates participation rate per neighborhood number of LA residents and partners reached through Cool Block program education and outreach efforts

Finally, we will measure environmental outcomes that include carbon pollution reduction and water savings per household, using online calculator tools.

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
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support