2015 Grants Challenge

Compost Hubs throughout Los Angeles

Idea by LA Compost

L.A. Compost and Kiss the Ground are partnering to create a local solution to composting in Los Angeles. We are currently composting over 2,000lbs of food weekly across 5 hubs countywide. Over the next 5 years we plan to expand our work by building 20 more hubs and establishing composting programs that will keep unnecessary food scraps out of landfills, providing communities with the tools and education needed to compost locally.


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

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles


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

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Expand a pilot or a program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

How will your proposal improve the following LIVE metrics?​

Access to healthy food

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

1) Track weight of organics diverted from landfills: Prior to depositing organics into one of our composting systems, we weigh and record the amount of food or yards scraps. This record gives us a clear picture as to how many organics are being diverted from landfills each week, month, and year.

2) Record attendance at workshops/hubs: By tracking how many people are interacting with their local compost hub, as well as tracking attendance at workshops we will be able to measure the interest from the local community. As interest and educational opportunities increase, more individuals will have the tools needed to compost on their own.

3) Measure how much finished compost is being created: By weighing the finished product we can determine how much finished compost is being used and kept in the same community where it was created. This will allow us to gauge how many gardens and farms we are contributing to throughout the county.

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