On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the Board of Supervisors presented the winners of the 10th Annual Green Leadership Awards (GLA), honoring a commitment to environmental sustainability, and reminding us of the steps we can take as individuals to educate the next generation in ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Green Leadership Awards were established by the Board in 2008, to promote citizen community involvement in energy and water conservation, environmental sustainability and the preservation of our natural resources.
The 2018 Green Leadership Awards and Honorees are:
Michele Prichard, Director of Common Agenda, Liberty Hill Foundation
Los Angeles Convention Center Managed by AEG Facilities— Next Level Sustainability
Public Agency Award
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)— Go Human Active Transportation Campaign
GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles— GRID Alternatives Los Angeles Non-Profit Solar Opportunities
Los Angeles County Award
Department of Internal Services with Treasurer and Tax Collector— Los Angeles County Clean Energy Program
About the Honorees:
Michele Prichard, winner of the Chair’s Award, was selected for having created grant programs addressing poverty, racial justice, and environmental health. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the GREEN LA Coalition, a collaborative effort involving more than 100 environmental and environmental justice organizations formed to inform and support the City of Los Angeles in advancing policies for a sustainable future. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the California Health and Environmental Funders Network and is President of the Board of Directors of the Venice Community Housing Corporation. Ms. Prichard received the “Best Friend in Hard Times Award” from the LA Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness, and the Founders Award from Strategic Actions for a Just Economy. She earned a Master’s Degree from the UCLA School of Urban Planning and an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Los Angeles Convention Center (managed by AEG Facilities), winner of the Business Award was selected for its work on the Next Level Sustainability project to elevate and expand its sustainable practices across five areas – waste and recycling, energy and climate, water, purchasing and education/communication – while reducing the company’s carbon footprint. More than 30 environmentally friendly practices and procedures were implemented, ranging from a management program for compostable kitchen waste to cool roofs that reflect sunlight and heat away from buildings. The program saved more than 1 million kilowatt hours and $180,000 annually.
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), winner of the Public Agency Award, was selected for its six-County community outreach and advertising campaign, Go Human Active Transportation, launched to reduce bicycle injuries and fatalities, change travel behaviors, and meet regional transportation planning goals. The desired outcome was to encourage more walking and bike riding by the public. The campaign successfully implemented three core strategies: advertising to remind drivers to be aware of walkers and bikers, collaborating with cities to establish protected bike lanes, bulb-outs and crosswalks, and distributing toolkits to empower elected officials to institute change at the local level. Community participation was enhanced with the creation of a Go Human pass, which served as an incentive to connect bicyclists and pedestrians with transit.
GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, winner of the Non-Profit Award, was selected for the work on its Non-Profit Solar Opportunities program, providing free technical assessment to agencies, including an estimate on system size, cost, and savings, while identifying options for funding. GRID Alternatives added a job training component for low-income residents served by the agencies. Non-profit organizations, operating on a tight budget, often do not have the resources to access renewable energy as a low-cost investment. The program has reduced operating costs for non-profit organizations, reinvested energy savings back into the services provided, and increased awareness of solar energy, environmental justice, and workforce development.
The Department of Internal Services with Treasurer and Tax Collector, winners of the Los Angeles County Award, were selected for the work done with The Los Angeles County Clean Energy Program, which encourages residential property owners to retrofit buildings and adopt energy efficient practices using the County’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) initiative. The program was launched in 2015, by the Internal Services Department in collaboration with the Treasurer and Tax Collector, and has since financed more than 30,000 projects, at a value exceeding $800 million. Other program outcomes have included saving more than 3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, nearly 2.9 billion gallons of water, and more than 1 million tons of CO2 emissions.