Communities Building Resilience: South LA

Low-income communities are most vulnerable to the threats of disaster. SCOPE has partnered with USGBC-LA and USGBC National on a long-term vision to promote resilience in South Los Angeles. The USGBC-LA is developing a Building Resilience Certification System to incentivize solutions for buildings and communities. Our project will create both a real world example of community resilience building, as well as tools to replicate the process in other communities.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

South LA

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Mobilize for systems change

Build a toolkit

How will your proposal improve the following LIVE metrics?​

Access to healthy food

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

These criteria will help us evaluate our work:

• The number of community members who actively engage in the resilience process

• Incorporation of job training into implementation of all projects

• Environmental metrics appropriate to targeted measures (e.g. water or energy saved)

• Survey of participants to assess levels of awareness, preparedness and sense of connection as a result of the project

• Evaluations and feedback from USGBC-LA advisors and SCOPE

Our project will be also be measured by the successful completion of:

• A long-range community-driven resilience vision supported by a detailed implementation plan and milestones

• Identification, design and implementation of physical improvements in the SCOPE facility and surrounding community

• A written case study that documents and develops a replicable and scalable process for involving communities in climate resilience efforts

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research