Sustainability in Los Angeles: Who, What, Where?


The following resource list provides links to Los Angeles based organizations that offer programs that can help to support local, sustainable economies, including web calendars and share sites.

Burbank sustainability Los AngelesBuilding Sustainable Communities – Los Angeles County Resource List

Compiled By Jessica Aldridge, Executive Director, Burbank Green Alliance

The following resource list provides links to Los Angeles based organizations that offer programs that can help to support local, sustainable economies. The Resource List is separated into three sections:

  • 1. Community Resources
  • 2. Green and Environmental Web Calendars
  • 3. Community Share Sites


Los Angeles Area Sustainable Community Resources

Arid Lands Institute –

The Arid Lands Institute is a self-sustaining education, research, and outreach center of Woodbury University dedicated to issues of aridity, climate change, and the design of the built environment.

Burbank Farmers’ Market –

One of the oldest Farmers’ Markets in Southern California (over 26 years), all of our produce is certified California grown. Most of our produce is grown on family-owned farms–some of which have been in business for 100 years. We are one of the only Non-Profit markets in the country. All proceeds go to the Providence St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, and are used to help more than 12,000 Burbank residents every year who need medical care and who cannot afford it.

Burbank (and Beyond) Green Alliance –

 Dedicated to promoting effective, sustainable practices and building a network of resources to support Burbank and surrounding communities. Provides workshops, lecture series, film screenings, monthly e-newsletter, networking events, resource materials and more.


Burbank Recycle Center –

Accepts: Paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, scrap metal, oil, antifreeze and oil filters. Buy back center for CRV bottles and cans. Provides tours, workshops, and free compost bins to Burbank residents.

Buy Local-LA – see Facebook page

Our goal is to make LA products, services, artists of all kinds, etc in the mainstream. When you buy a product made in your area, the money gets funneled right back into the city itself.

Buy Local Santa Monica –

Buy Local Santa Monica was created by representatives of the Santa Monica business community and the City of Santa Monica to support local businesses and raise awareness of the community, economic and environmental benefits of choosing local first.

California Coast Keeper Alliance

CCKA coordinates, supports, and enhances the work of the local California Waterkeeper programs to provide a statewide voice for safeguarding California’s waters, and its world-renowned coast and ocean, for the benefit of all Californians and for California’s future.

Center for Biological Diversity –

The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

CicLAvia –

CicLAvia consists of the temporary opening of streets to residents so they may enjoy a safe and pleasant space for walking, jogging, skating or riding a bike. CicLAvia differs from permanent bike routes because it is a temporary space whose principal use is not transport, but recreation. In general, CicLAvia occurs on a fixed day of the week (usually Sundays and in some cases on holidays) and has an average duration of six hours.

Community Supported Agriculture, California (CSA) –

CSA is a way for the community to develop a relationship with local farm(s) by committing to purchase produce on a regular basis. CSA delivers local, organic, in season produce in large groups such as schools. The schools get $2 per bag sold for their garden or nutrition program.

Create:Fixate –

Create:Fixate is an organization dedicated to elevating the importance and accessibility of art and music through education and to providing opportunities for emerging artists to create, perform, and sell their work through mixed medium exhibitions.

Endangered Habitats

The Endangered Habitats League is dedicated to the protection of the diverse ecosystems of Southern California and to sensitive and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region’s inhabitants.

Evolver –

Evolver is a new social network for conscious collaboration. It provides a platform for individuals, communities, and organizations to discover and share the new tools, initiatives, and ideas that will improve our lives and change the world.

Fallen Fruit –  

Using fruit as our lens, Fallen Fruit investigates urban space, ideas of neighborhood and new forms of located citizenship and community. From protests to proposals for new urban green spaces, we aim to reconfigure the relation between those who have resources and those who do not, to examine the nature of & in the city, and to investigate new, shared forms of land use and property. Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration that began with creating maps of public fruit: the fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles.

Famers Markets at connects Certified Farmers’ Markets, farmers, and fresh food consumers throughout the Los Angeles area. On their site, you can access information about individual markets, farmers, fresh produce, and monthly events. allows you to discover the fresh food sources in your area, and learn more about eating and living healthy.

Friends of LA River –

FOLAR is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship.

Gardens of Gratitude – or Facebook

Transforming a city into an edible oasis, one garden at a time. Volunteers in the LA area install gardens and offer maintenance year round.  Sign up to volunteer or to receive information on a free garden.

Green Business

GBN is a non-profit providing the owners and decision-makers of socially and environmentally conscious businesses a time and place for connecting, sharing, deal-making and networking. Their mission is to connect those who understand the importance and opportunity of environmentally friendly commerce. GBN meets the second Tuesday of every month in Santa Monica. Visit their website to join their mailing list.

Heal the

Heal the Bay is making southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use science, education, community action and advocacy to fulfill our mission.

The Joyful Activist –

The Joyful Activist is the headquarters for actions that Transform Outrage into Outrageous Fun! To create a hub of user generated content to both instigate and inspire like-minded community activity, the world over. Please join their mailing list for information on events and community-building outings.

LA Alliance for a New

LAANE is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to building a new economy for all. Combining dynamic research, innovative public policy and the organizing of broad alliances, LAANE promotes a new economic approach based on good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment.

LA Bike Coalition –

La Bike Coalition is a membership supported advocacy organization working to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life in Los Angeles County.

LA Community Garden Council –

The Garden Council grows community gardens by helping LA residents create and manage successful projects in their communities. They also encourage workplace and school volunteers to serve member gardens; offer educational programs and public events; facilitate collaboration and information sharing throughout the gardening community; strive to find solutions for community gardens in crisis; and represent gardeners’ interests to public officials and agencies.

LA Green Drinks –

Los Angeles Green Drinks is part of an international networking organization that allows for anyone concerned about environmental issues to get together over a drink. Green Drinks events are simple, informal, unstructured and allow for moments of serendipity. We connect the LA environmental community and have fun doing it!

LA Guerilla Gardening (LAGG) –

LAGG mission is “to get our hands dirty by starting gardens all over Los Angeles. To be a resource for other potential Guerrilla Gardeners and a homebase for people interested in brightening their own communities.”

LA Permaculture Guild –

The guild is made up of Angelenos who have who have taken a 72 hour PC design course or are planning on taking one, preferably who have at least been to an intro lecture and ascribe to the ethics. Subscribe to their newsletter for information on upcoming events. Sign up here:

On April 29-May 1 they will be hosting the So Cal Permaculture Convergence designed to reconnect our local network by sharing resources and to define the structure, function, and organization of the group as we move forward into the future.

Ladies Night Out! Magnolia Park

Dozens of Magnolia Park boutiques in Burbank are rolling out the red carpet and hosting store-to-store parties on the last Friday of every month, 6-9pm.

Made in the Valley “The Valley Girls Grew Up”

A collective of exceptional women who have grown up and become entrepreneurs. They have discovered their unique gifts and developed their businesses to create products that give benefits to others. Their mission: “To enable local business women and their communities to thrive.” Each product is locally made and we are working towards building community through a Buy Local, Be Local, Give Local focus. They host monthly gatherings with guest speakers and participate in community events.

The Ojai

THE MISSION of The Ojai Foundation is to strengthen individuals, families, schools and communities by teaching ways to listen and speak from the heart, to honor life’s passages and to appreciate our connection with nature—supporting the emergence of a compassionate, sustainable and peaceful world. The Ojai Foundation creates and supports programs all over the world, from public school classrooms in Los Angeles to culture-shifting council circles in Israel and Africa.

People for Parks LA

People for Parks works in partnership with community organizations, public agencies, nonprofits and the private sector to expand public access to greenspace in the Los Angeles area. PFP serves as a land trust, promotes environmental education, and advocates for innovative legislation and greater funding for parks and recreation, especially in the neediest neighborhoods.

Project Butterfly –

Our mission is to cross-pollinate with other individuals and organizations that are actively engaged in positive transformation. Project Butterfly is devoted to holding space for visionaries, educators, guides, healers, artists and activists to communicate their vision, provide tools for inner healing, techniques to heal our planet and create unity through community.

Sierra Club Angeles Chapter –

The Los Angeles Chapter conducts over 4,000 outings each year open to all Sierra Club members and the general public. The Sierra Club is working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself.

Silver Lake Farms –

Organic, sustainable, local, market certified grower/farmer in Silver Lake, CA. They also offer workshops, see their site for information.

Surfrider –

Surfrider is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Find a chapter near you

Sustainable Business Council –

The Sustainable Business Council serves Los Angeles regional businesses and individuals working with sustainable products, services and processes. We provide events and educational opportunities which encourage, support and expand sustainable practices.

Those Who Care –

Our mission is to provide local Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and various charitable organizations with fresh fruit.  We harvest this fruit from local homes and businesses, and then deliver it wherever it is most needed. T.W.C travels all over L.A. County to collect fruit for distribution throughout the L.A. area.

Time Bank Directory for Southern California –

Time banking is an experiment in local community building. It is simply about spending an hour doing something for somebody in your community. That hour goes into the Time Bank as a Time Dollar. Then you have a Time dollar to spend on having someone doing something for you. It’s a simple idea, but it has powerful ripple effects in building community connections. Use the following link to search for a California Time Bank near you…  (The SFV Time Bank address is listed incorrectly and can be found at

Transition Towns in LA Area –

Transition Los Angeles is a group of local grassroots citizens who are preparing our communities for a positive outcome through the sweeping changes coming with global warming and peak oil. Transition in the greater LA area is taking place via a number of local “pods.”  Local pods might offer awareness-raising films and community discussions, reskilling classes, physical projects, and working groups.  Click on the link to find a group near you.

Transition To Green –

Transition To Green Community Clubs are about learning at the local level how to make a transition to greener living. The club meets every other month (on a Saturday from 2-4:00pm) to learn in an informal, interactive setting what Green means in relation to specific topics.

Tree People –

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles. Simply put, our work is about helping nature heal our cities.

Urban Farming Advocates (UFA)

UFA is a group of individuals, small business owners and organizations seeking to legitimize urban farming in the City of L.A. “We respectfully challenge outdated ordinances that restrict people’s freedom to use residential land for urban agriculture and self-reliance, practiced in a sustainable and responsible way, and in a manner that is directly related to the city’s efforts to green Los Angeles.”

Young Women Social Entrepreneurs (YWSE) –

YWSE provides an environment in which young women social entrepreneurs’ visions and goals are affirmed, supported, promoted, and propelled.

Green and Environmental Web Calendars

Community Share Sites

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