ARTICLE: Make walking fun

Walking has become so basic in our lives we often forget it’s importance, and in some neighborhoods it is forgotten altogether: cars dominate the roads and couches trap us in their comfort. How can cities encourage their neighborhoods to make walkability a priority? Here’s how: a series of neighborhood walking tours led by local kids.

Engaging walk-tour!

This innovative approach sprung from an event held by GOOD ideas for cities, an organization which “taps creative problem solvers to tackle urban challenges.”

WEBSITE + ARTICLES: Good ideas for cities

GOOD ideas for cities “organizes creative teams across the country to solve their city’s most pressing challenges by connecting them with the civic leaders who can help put their ideas into action.” They’ve already hosted 10 of these events in three cities and at three schools! Here are some ideas that have sprung forth:

A board game to end homelessness

Building a food truck movement

Enticing tourists into city centers


WEBSITE: The 11th Hour

Climate and energy, ecological agriculture and human rights: these are the three program areas of the 11th Hour, a foundation which “works to achieve systemic change — setting health as the ultimate measure of our success.” They have a vision of “a healthy, vibrant society that values functioning ecosystems, active civic engagement and equity for all.”

Review the grants and investments they have made here.

WEBSITE: U.S. Green Building Council

This nonprofit is the nation’s foremost environmental coalition and innovator of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) sustainability assessment system. It promotes sustainability in LA County’s built environment by delivering access to knowledge, resources, recognition and networking and promoting buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible and healthy places to live and work.

Its composed of over one thousand architects, designers, engineers, students, property managers, builders, consultants, and lawyers. Click here to sign up for their newsletter.