Welcome to USGBC-LA's blog, where we hope everyone will Learn, Share & Lead Green, with the rest of us. USGBC-LA welcomes submissions on thought leadership, case studies, community engagement, resilience, and anything that would offer education and advancement to each of us and our projects in the sustainable built environment.


Submissions may be articles, photos or videos; proper credits must be provided. For articles, we suggest a maximum of 900 words (650-750 is optimal), along with a photo (project, event, or headshot), and a 1-2 sentence description of contributor. Submissions will be reviewed for publication on this blog and through our various social media channels. Please submit to Erica Farr, Community Outreach and Marketing Director, erica@usgbc-la.org.



  • July 12, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability: USGBC-LA is a teenager, with all that brings

    by Stacy Sinclair This week, USGBC-LA is celebrating 15 years. So, it’s a teenager. And like most teens, we can still remember its birth, we see much hope for the future, and in the present, there can be a lot going on and the choices made can set the path for adulthood. I learned about […]

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  • June 28, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability: Independence

    by Stacy Sinclair As the July 4th weekend draws near, thoughts of BBQs and fireworks fill my mind and I wonder (maybe a little too often) why the smell of a BBQ makes me hungry, no matter how long ago I ate. I remember past fireworks shows and how my eyes ache for the spectacle […]

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  • June 14, 2017

    What’s Your City’s or Neighborhood’s Vocation?

    by Beatrice Ungard (Benne), PhD The idea that a city or a neighborhood has a vocation may sound strange as the concept is usually applied to humans, not places. Yet, the notion of a place’s vocation begins to make sense when you think of a place as a socio-ecological system that has the properties of […]

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  • June 6, 2017

    USGBC-LA Stands proudly with CA Leadership on Climate Agreement

    USGBC-Los Angeles stands proudly together with Governor Brown, Mayor Garcetti, and the over 200 other Governors and Mayors across the country representing 54 million Americans who are committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement. Although we strongly disagree with the President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, USGBC-LA is more committed than ever in accelerating […]

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  • May 31, 2017

    Energy Recycling for Sustainability

    by John Aidun Many of the ideas for advancing urban sustainability entail “smart” technologies.  That is, setting up networks of cameras, detectors, or other sensors that can be useful for more efficiently and effectively managing traffic (including public transit), landscape management, public safety, and public security.  Implicit in these kinds of “smart” initiatives is that […]

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  • May 24, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability – I see further by standing on the shoulders of giants

    By Stacy Sinclair In the middle of Cologne, Germany, along a bustling street near City Hall and the Mayor’s Office, there is a doorway with stairs that lead to the past. The Praetorium is the palace of the Roman governor, and lies relatively intact below existing government buildings. Like much of this city, the Romans […]

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  • May 18, 2017

    Environmentalism isn’t what you think

    by Krystle Golly I believe people think of environmentalism as something like tree-hugging, veganism, or even being extremely frugal. Yet, many of us forget to look at our individual contributions that don’t fit into our perception of an environmentalist. This last year as a master’s degree candidate at Loyola Marymount University has helped me connect […]

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  • May 10, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability: Walking is Inviting

    by Stacy Sinclair I’m reading Philip Langdon’s new book, Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All and I’m thinking about neighborhoods. In the back of my mind is the song “Walking in LA” by Missing Persons. But first, I used to go to Kemah, TX to give workshops on grant writing. I’d get dropped […]

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  • May 4, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability: Staying the Path Requires a Fresh Perspective

    by Stacy Sinclair Against the backdrop of recent awareness-building events designed to bolster against the political sludge oozing out of Washington DC, I spent Friday, April 28th at the 11th Annual Summit on Sustainability at the Getty Center, put together by the Los Angeles Business Council. There was no shortage of powerful rhetoric, but there […]

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  • April 26, 2017

    Spotlight on Sustainability -What We Count Counts

    by Stacy Sinclair   Numbers are powerful. They provide context, status, and proximity to goals. They can be used to shame or celebrate.  Often they are presented as irrevocable facts, but we can ‘work’ numbers to get them to tell our story, or to uncover one that has remained silent for too long. It’s argued […]

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