Ongoing Coalition Efforts

RePower LA – Los Angeles Alliance for A New Economy

Green Education Inc. has been a coalition member of RePower LA since 2011, diligently working as part of a citywide coalition of community groups, environmentalists and small businesses, anchored by LAANE, SCOPE, and IBEW Local 18 that advocates for expanded energy efficiency and clean energy investment at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The coalition was formed in direct response to double-digit unemployment in many of LA’s neighborhoods, worsened by the Great Recession, and our city’s unsustainable reliance on dirty energy. 

With this in the forefront, the coalition advocated for increased investment in energy efficiency programs that would save customers money on their bills, create good, career path jobs and help the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), the nation’s largest municipally-owned utility, move toward cleaner energy.  Los Angeles is on track to reduce energy use 15% by 2020 and by 442 GWh by the end of this year (the equivalent of taking over 64,000 cars off the road).  That’s enough energy to power 400,000 homes. Thanks to our coalition’s advocacy, LADWP has now helped upgrade 20,000 homes, small businesses and schools throughout the city.  Now, the coalition is also working to expand access to solar power.

A cornerstone of RePower LA’s work is its support for the Utility Pre-Craft Trainee program, which was developed by IBEW Local 18 in partnership with the DWP.  The program has opened up quality career path opportunities at both the DWP and the City for entry level workers across Los Angeles.  It is also training future utility workers, against the backdrop of massive waves of planned retirement by DWP’s existing workforce. Green Education Inc. actively promotes the Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPTC) program, and has just recently launched it’s own Green WORKS! Internship to prepare and educate future UPTC members as they transition to LADWP jogs.

RePower LA’s efforts include conducting “Green The Block” education events and town hall meetings in disadvantaged communities that are pollution burdened and experiencing high levels of unemployment. Green Education Inc has been a strong advocate and contributor to this community outreach and education effort, with our most recent event conduct in CD15, in a Wilmington neighborhood that was attended by over 250 local residents.

Building Healthy Communities – Long Beach

Since 2010, Green Education Inc. has been an active member of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) collaborative, whose mission is to reduce health disparities and improve community health overall through systemic changes fueled by adult and youth resident engagement, collaboration and resource sharing, and strategic communication about community needs and solutions.

Green Education Inc. members have supported this mission via outreach and organizing neighborhood education events and workshops. Our Executive Director also chairs the Neighborhoods Workgroup and was a recent Steering Committee member at BHC. Current Neighborhoods policy work/campaigns focus on increasing awareness for creating sustainable/equitable neighborhoods, the urban agriculture movement, access to healthy foods, establishing local food purchasing policy, ensuring inclusive land and joint use policies, and having input in city-wide Healthy Communities Policy.

Green Education Inc. is proud to be a long-term partner organization with Building Healthy Communities and is working hard with the Environmental Health Workgroup to organize partners for future green zones policy initiatives, access to community solar power and creating green, sustainable and energy efficient neighborhoods. On any given day, you will find our members out in the community advocating for more equitable, sustainable and environmentally healthy neighborhoods.