Los Angeles 2015 Community Award Winners

JUDGES

KAIULANI KIMBRELL - Programs Director – Hollywood Food Guild, Center for Food Safety

LAURA ALLEN - Co-Founder & Director – Greywater Action

VICTORIA CHARLES - Professor/Sustainability Practitioner – Santa Monica College

1st Place:

Have A Heart Ranch Animal Rescue Foundation & Sanctuary - Have A Heart Ranch is home to over 100 animals which were rescued from death row at high-kill shelters, factory farms and trucks heading to slaughter houses. Their rehabilitation continues as we help them become wonderful therapy animals for children with autism, at-risk youth, veterans suffering from PTSD and people who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. The programs we provide to the community are essential for the growth, healing and happiness of so many individuals, and allow visitors and their families to pave their own path to physical, emotional and spiritual recovery while saving hundreds of animal lives each year! It's a win-win for everyone, even the environment! We are the first vegan, 100% eco-friendly animal rescue in California!

The Community Award check was presented by the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Hans Joerg Neumann. While presenting the check he emphasized the importance of supporting the local communities in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Community Award Finalists:

Surfrider Surfrider Foundation - The Surfrider WLAM Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program empowers area restaurants to reduce their use of disposable products that wind up in the ocean & on our beaches. The Ocean Friendly Restaurant program relies on Surfrider WLAM Chapter volunteers and local high school students to work with restaurants in our community to implement ocean-friendly practices and policies that reduce disposable plastic waste. By engaging the restaurant community and students in a conversation about these practices, we hope to raise awareness amongst business owners, diners, and local youth about how to implement daily practices to reduce the amount of plastic waste on our beaches and in the ocean. 

Fair Trade LA - The Fair Trade Town campaign will make LA the largest Fair Trade city in the nation to support socially responsible & environmentally sustainable consumer choices. For ten years, Fair Trade Los Angles has envisioned the positive social and economic benefits support of Fair Trade offers: the mitigation of slave and child labor, people receiving a fair wage to rise above a life mired in poverty, opportunities for women to participate actively in the global economy, promoting sustainable, organic agricultural commodities. There are a myriad of benefits for the human family, supported by Fair Trade LA's educational outreach, translating into consumers' positive choices. We offer a concept that people in Los Angles can participate in every day, each time they select from the numerous Fair Trade products available in our city. 

Mujeres de la Tierra - "Tele-Novelas in the Park" is a fun, entertaining street theatre with outrageous and funny dialogue to educate community about water conservation. Tele-Novelas in the Park" is a project developed to educate and inform families about the seriousness of the drought, the importance of water conservation as well as other ways to Heal and Care for La Madre Tierra (Mother Earth). It is a fun and entertaining platform which emulates the outrageous and funny aspects of a traditional Latino soap opera that takes place in the living room of the Cabezon family. The first episode is "A Day Without Agua (Water)". We are partnering with the School of History & Dramatic Arts- a High School within the Sotomayor Learning Academies located in Glassell Park. 

Bresee Foundation - Equips the LA Eco-Village WHP Learning Garden to teach youth environmental stewardship, providing more green space in a dense urban neighborhood. In a neighborhood out of compliance in regards to green space per capita on the City, State and Federal levels, WHP Learning Garden provides the green space required to teach local youth about environmental stewardship and sustainable communities. Support would complete the garden, equipping it for use by any of the eight nearby public schools. One local youth explained after visiting the garden, "It's the first time I've seen anything like this. It shows that there is still hope for trees. Now I will be more caring [for the environment] and maybe it will have the same impact on others."