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.



  • 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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  • April 19, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability – City Surgeons

    By Stacy Sinclair In advance of MGBCE on April 20th I’ve been talking to keynote speakers about what’s on their minds and what drives their work, bouncing these ideas off other conversations I’ve been having.  In a previous blog I stated that cities are structured locally and that they are the engines of change in […]

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  • April 13, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability – Defining Resilience

    By Stacy Sinclair Last week focused on the need for a language decoder ring to help us determine whether sustainability is a concept, a framework, or a movement. This week we tackle the term resilience. Look in the dictionary and there are a variety of definitions of the word. Even more so, the synonyms: elastic, […]

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  • April 5, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability – language is more than a tool

    by Stacy Sinclair Last week this series focused on some of the roles we take on and those facets of ourselves that we highlight to get our job done. This week I am thinking about the words and phrases that we use that tell others what we believe in and the roles we represent. You […]

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  • March 29, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability: Environmental Leadership

    by Stacy Sinclair Last week I introduced the journey that I’m on, interviewing thought-leaders in the field of sustainability about the challenges and opportunities they see as they work to create connected cities that work, which also happens to be the theme of the upcoming MGBCE conference. This series highlights some of the emerging themes […]

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  • March 22, 2017

    Snapshot on Sustainability: The first in series – The Economic Lens

    by Stacy Sinclair I’m an LA native, and what’s more rare is that my parents are natives as well. You’d think I know my city, but lately I’m seeing it as if it’s new to me. In reality, it is I who is new. Most of my career I’ve been an educator, in the business […]

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