The proposal was developed through a partnership between Community Partners, Pacoima Beautiful, The Trust for Public Land, LA Business Council, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, LA Conservation Corps, LA Cleantech Incubator, UCLA and the City of Los Angeles, and would expand economic opportunity and make the community more resilient to impacts from climate change.
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Grant recipients include the Los Angeles Business Council Institute (LABCi) as the team lead, Pacoima Beautiful, GRID Alternatives, The Trust for Public Land, and Los Angeles Conservation Corps.
The programs funded through the grant were developed by the "Green Together" collaborative led by Pacoima Beautiful and includes Community Partners, Grid Alternatives and Los Angeles Conservation Corps among other organizations and city departments.
As stated by Michael Kadish, executive director at GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, "With the support of the partners here today, we've brought clean power to Boyle Heights that will save Homeboy Industries $2,900 in the first year alone."
"And equally important, we're making sure that we have programs that aren't just for the wealthiest of our residents, but everybody, so there's solar equity throughout Los Angeles."
"We experienced a fire the size of Denver that destroyed over a billion and a half dollars worth of homes and killed people," he told The Hollywood Reporter before the Los Angeles premiere of documentary Paris to Pittsburgh at the Museum of Contemporary Art. "We have communities of color and low-income communities near the port of L.A. that have cancer and asthma rates that are higher than other places."
According to GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, solar is a rapidly-expanding part of California's electrical needs and a growing industry for local hiring.
Striving to put in it [sic] human terms, the film introduces viewers to an Iowa community college student who says she's practically guarantee a job in her state's vibrant windmill industry, and a [former] Los Angeles gang member [David Andrade] who's stayed out of prison through his meaningful employment installing solar panels on L.A. homes.
"It was such a great experience that I talked to my business partner here and we agreed to sponsor a build with our own company to get our own employees out there and experience what it's like to install solar and to really give back to our local community."
Participating employers, service providers and colleges include: CalTrans, LA County Sherriff’s Department, SoCalGas, National Park Service, Allied Universal Security Services, FedEx, Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Public Social Services, GRID Alternatives, LA Trade Technical College, LA City College, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, and Glendale Community College, among others.