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Climate Benefits of Housing in Cities: a workshop on building a greener LA – Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm at L.A. Eco-Village (Songs)

Our planet is in the midst of a climate crisis, but California’s pollution from cars is still climbing. What is the connection between housing and climate policy? How do we build a greener LA? Find out what you can do at this workshop designed to inspire, empower, and create local leaders on climate change.

How can you advocate for more housing near jobs? How can you help reduce car dependence in your community? How do we move from individual behavioral change to large-scale climate solutions?

Hear from our speakers about how housing density can reduce the footprint of our cities and reverse suburban sprawl, how we can make our cities more walkable and less car-dependent, and tackle traffic and long commutes.

About 40% of greenhouse gas emissions are from transportation in California. We will be discussing how California’s housing policies have worsened this issue and contributed to the climate crisis.

Carter Rubin
Transportation Technical Strategist, American Cities Climate Challenge

Kristen Torres Pawling 
Sustainability Program Director, County of Los Angeles Chief Sustainability Office

Jason Islas

Santa Monica Housing & Environmentalism Advocate

Lois Arkin
Founder, CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages, Co-founder Los Angeles Eco-Village

PANEL MODERATOR:  Brent Gaisford, Board Chair, Abundant Housing

Potential Questions for Discussion:
1. What are examples from your community of housing that prioritizes car usage over walking, biking, and transit?
2. How can your community encourage people to choose walking, biking, and transit over cars?
3. In your community, where are opportunities to develop more housing density? What City, County, and State policy changes would increase dense housing ear jobs, transit, and commercial centers?

Date and Time: Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: 3560 W First Street – Songs – at corner of Bimini Pl (enter
                               on Bimini)
Los Angeles Eco-Village, LA 90004

Free event

Reservations please: or 213-738-1254
Feel free to bring veggie snacks to share, but please no throw-away eating ware. Let’s make this a zero waste event as much as possible.

Note that LA Eco-Village is within walking distance of two Metro stops (Vermont-Beverly and Wilshire-Vermont and 20 buslines).  Try not to drive here.  We have on-site bike racks.

Event sponsored by
–  Abundant Housing in association with:
–  Climate Resolve 
–  CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages at L.A. Eco-Village

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CicLAvia – Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 9am to 3pm on Wilshire Blvd.

Ciclavia Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 9am to 3pm
From Western & Wilshire to Downtown LA Spring St.

CicLAvia heads back to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard on December 10 as Koreatown, Westlake, and Downtown Los Angeles will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

Planning a feeder ride or walk and want to add it to our site? Email!

Download the Route Map

Download the Notification Flyer

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for December 10th:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 3 PM
  • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
  • CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
  • CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.

Questions or Concerns

General event information: please contact CicLAvia at 213.355.8500 or

For concerns regarding the Los Angeles street closure permit, contact LA Bureau of Street Services, Investigation and Enforcement Division, Special Events at 213.847.6000.

INHABIT: Building Intentional Communities in L.A. – Wed., Oct 11, 2017 at 3301 W. Washington Blvd, LA 90018

In conjunction with MOLLY LARKEY: a shape made through its unraveling

INHABIT: Building Intentional Communities in Los Angeles

October 11th, 7 PM


ARTICULATE: Language as Resistance

October 14th, 3 PM



INHABIT  focuses on issues of land and property. As communities, we have the possibility of using our joint economic and social power to build affordable housing that supports our economic and social well-being. It is facilitated by LATCH collective and At Home Housing.

We invite anyone interested in creating affordable, sustainable housing to come with any questions about tiny houses, intentional community, and the collective building process. As a group, we will share information and resources, and generate practical solutions and designs for building alternative communities in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

LATCH Collective is a network of tiny house enthusiasts supporting each other in designing and building tiny, transportable homes. We organize opportunities for sharing and receiving skills, knowledge, experience, tools and support. We also advocate for increased housing options in Los Angeles, specifically for spaces that are affordable, sustainable, well-designed and safely built.

At Home Housing is an organization dedicated to creating housing opportunities for intentional communities. We organize members, provide trainings, and reach out to those who are interested.  We educate the public and policymakers about the benefits of community living throughout Los Angeles.

ARTICULATE  considers how language can be used as a performative speech act that creates our shared reality. We will explores some deep structures of language and create individualized tools for healing and resistance.

Amanda Yates Garcia is an artist, witch and healer. She draws from a broad range of esoteric strategies including the Western Mystery Traditions of tarot, alchemy and Hermeticism; shamanic healing practices; positive magic and witchcraft; herbalism; energy work (Reiki, tantra and other yogas); psychomagic and more.

For more information about the exhibition or events, contact Ochi Projects at


CONNECT  addresses the divisiveness created by capitalism based on the creation of scarcity. We will use techniques derived from the Theater of the Oppressed to explore paradigms based in connection and abundance, as well as discuss solutions to the problem of contrived scarcity. This event will be held with Jade Gordon on October 21st, 3-5 pm.



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CicLAvia: Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 9am to 4pm Heart of LA

CicLAvia returns to the Heart of LA with an exciting and fun 6-mile route featuring the neighborhoods of Echo Park, Chinatown, Historic Downtown, Civic Center, Little Tokyo, Arts District, and Boyle Heights.

Lots of family-friendly activities are planned along the route.

We will be kicking off CicLAvia Sunday with a press conference at 8:30am at the Broadway HUB (Broadway and 7th St.). Come by to start your day.

CicLAvia is a nonprofit organization, and we couldn’t do what we do without your support.  Let’s keep CicLAvia rolling by making a donation today.

See you this Sunday, Oct. 8th at CicLAvia: Heart of LA!

Romel Pascual, CicLAvia Executive Director



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World Green Building Week is 9/25-10/1. Join us at BuroHappold DTLA on Mon 9/25 at 6pm

In Los Angeles, our friend BuroHappold Engineering, is co-sponsoring a special event with the U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter featuring 20 plus Green Building thought leaders, including Lois Arkin from L.A. Eco-Village.

World Green Building Week is the flagship event of the global green building movement organized by WorldGBC and led by its network of over 70 Green Building Councils and their 32,000 member companies.

Buildings account for over a third of the world’s carbon emissions. But that can change. Join us for collaborative discussion in celebration of World Green Building Week. We’re tackling a wide range of subjects from net zero buildings, clean energy use, equity, economy and environment and much more. We’ve assembled thought leaders for a lively discussion on our collective impact on Los Angeles and beyond.


BuroHappold Engineering
800 Wilshire Blvd, 16th Floor
Los Angeles 90012
in collaboration with:
The U.S. Green Building Council L.A. Chapter

These will be fast paced 3 minute slide presentations with discussion to follow:

City of Santa Monica

City of West Hollywood



NVision  Development

Kilroy Realty

Our Foods

L.A. Eco-Village

Frederick Fisher  and Partners

Mia Lehrer +  Associates


Perkins+WillJENNIFER SCHABRios Clementi Hale Studios

Rios  Clementi Hale StudiosERIC


Miller Hull Partnership

Electrical Training  Institute

BuroHappold  Engineerring



Estolano  LeSar Perez Advisors

Additional panelists still to be confirmed

Visit the World Green Building Week homepage for more details.






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Hands-On Greywater Workshops/Conference: Simi Valley, Oakland – 10/21/17; Yosemite – 11/1-3/17

Please share with interested people and organizations.

Hands-on greywater workshop in Simi Valley 10/21/17.  Learn more here.


What: Localizing California Waters Conference

When:  Nov. 1-3, 2017

Where:  Rush Creek/Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite, CA

Details here:


Join us to convene on-site water organizations under one voice: California Onsite Water Association. At this intimate water reuse conference (focusing on rainwater, blackwater, greywater, and stormwater) professionals, designers, and policy advisers will work together to advance onsite water’s technical and policy future.


Stakeholders working in or on the integration and collaboration of onsite, distributed, and centralized systems.  Policy advisors, designers, professionals looking to create innovative BMPs, code adoption, policy advisement and evaluation feedback through collaboration.  Funding organizations interested in looking for input or participants in scalable resiliency water management projects/collaborations for California and the Western United States.  Watershed based management groups looking to collaborate with Water Management advisers to create resilient ecosystem services.

Key Invites:

Pisces Foundation, Water Foundation, California Governor’s Office of Planning Research, Wildlife Conservation Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Water Resources, Department of Public Health, SFPUC, EBMUD, LADWP, Alliance for Water Efficiency, Central Coast Salmon Enhancement, Trout Unlimited, Cal Trout, SRF, The Water Institute, Occidental Arts and Ecology, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Trust for Public Lands, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Imperial Water District, Pasadena Water and Power, Recode Oregon, Water Reuse, Utah Onsite Water Association, IAPMO, UC Irvine Pire Group, California Department of General Services (Architect), California Directors of Environmental Health, Imagine H20, ACWA, Water Reuse, The Walton Family Foundation, Dean Witter Foundation, California Resource Conservation District Association (Director), CASQA, ARCSA, QWELL, WERS, Santa Rosa Alternative Working Group

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Place It: Community Visioning Workshop with James Rojas – Thursday July 27 2017 from 7 to 10pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Re-envision your neighborhood through storytelling, objects, art-making and play.  Investigate your attachment to place and shelter by thinking beyond words by building models to express your ideas about  cohousing, intentional community, micro-apartments and tiny homes.

Date & Time:
Thursday, July 27, 2017
from 7pm to 10pm

3554 West First Street at Bimini Place
enter on Bimini Place
Los Angeles Eco-Village
Los Angeles 90004

Reservations recommended*: 213-738-1254 or

$5 to $20 sliding scale: pay at the door with cash or check (or 3 time dollars)
*or  go here to pay electronically

About James Rojas
James is an urban planner, community activist, and artist.  He developed this method to make planning visual, tactile and meaningful. Through this method, he has engaged thousands of people by facilitating over five hundred workshops and building over fifty interactive models around the world.   More about James and the Place It workshops can be found at :

Feel free to bring light veggie snacks.

This event sponsored by CRSP in association with the LATCH Collective and the You Are Here: Los Angeles Intentional Community Meet-Up

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Transition US National Gathering: July 27-30, 2017 – Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

View this in your browser for more details

 “Growing a Movement for Resilient Communities: Broadening, Deepening, and Scaling Up”

Transition members and community resilience builders from across the country are invited to gather in St. Paul, Minnesota, this July to make connections, share knowledge, and generate strategies to bring the Transition vision of resilient, local, connected and fossil-fuel-free communities to life across this nation. With a team of Transition organizers from across the country, and over 50 knowledgeable, dynamic and diverse presenters, this event promises to be inspiring, informative and fun! See below for more information on programming, housing, childcare, and more.

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Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust Member Meeting – Sat., May 13, 2017 at 10am – 11:30am at L.A. Eco-Village

BVCLT Members Meeting

LA Eco-Village Bimini Apartments Limited Equity Housing Cooperative: land owned by BVCLT

Saturday, May 13th
10 am to 11:30 am
Los Angeles Eco-Village

117 Bimini Place #201
Los Angeles 90004


The Beverly-Vermont Community Land trust is located three miles west of downtown Los Angeles, our name comes from the Beverly Boulevard and Vermont Avenue intersection and metro station.


The Mission of the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust is to exercise land stewardship as the basis for creating pedestrian-centered neighborhoods emphasizing affordable housing, work and recreational spaces that are economically and socially sustainable, and that integrate urban living with nature.

Lets put a crack in real estate speculation. Organize for land trusts in your neighborhood!


The Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust (BVCLT) is among the leading organizations in Los Angeles specializing in permanently affordable sustainable housing for those who are dedicated to a lower impact life style and have limited access to market rate housing (including those with lower wage jobs, on fixed incomes, or with disabilities).

Everyone is welcome!

Refreshments:  yes

More info: or

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