live / 2015

Revitalizing the way Los Angeles grows mentally physically and economically.

Revitalizing the way Los Angeles grows mentally physically and economically.

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by GREENBOXFARMS

Our "Green Works Project" seeks to build on existing research that shows how nature and built environments directly affect human health and well-being. Additionally, by creating local economic development and sustainable food chains we want to end the food deserts that plague Los Angeles.


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

  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD
  • Applied Technology Center (High School); Bell Gardens High School; South Los Angeles elementary and high schools (TBD)

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
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders
  • Implement and track policy

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

  • Access to healthy food
  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Obesity rates
  • 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.

With the help of our partners, here are a few ways we will measure the success of our project:

  • Conduct research with students to see how their interactions with nature affect their wellbeing and habits. (Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences, rates of mental illness, access to healthy food, obesity rates, and percentage of LA communities that are resilient)

  • The amount of produce grown and their distribution mileage from source (Access to healthy food, percentage of LA communities that are resilient, exposure to air toxins)

  • Vegetation mapping (Percentage of tree canopy cover)

  • The percentage of locally sourced project materials (Percentage of LA communities that are resilient)

  • The amount of money donated to schools via produce sales (Percentage of LA communities that are resilient)

These metrics will deliver insight on key issues regarding community health, sustainability, and economic development.

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