Pomona Introduces World's First Solar Panel Assembly Factory

Tuesday May 4, 2021 by Carolyn

After a decade of planning, Claremont social entrepreneur Devon Hartman has opened the very first nonprofit solar panel assembling factory in the world. Located in Pomona, Community Home Energy Retrofit, known as CHERP, has established the phrase one goal of installing solar panels on 6,000 low-to moderate homes in Pomona and Claremont.

The switch to solar is projected so save those residents a combined $6.5 million in energy costs annually. Plus, the factory will create approximately 200 positions. 

The State of Homelessness and How to Help

Friday April 23, 2021 by Carolyn

Homelessness in America is a tragedy.

It is a sad reality that Los Angeles has one of the largest unhoused populations in the country. According to NPR, in 2020, homelessness in Los Angeles County increased for the third time in four years. The annual homeless count showed that 66,433 people lived on the streets, in shelters, and in vehicles within the county. Homelessness increased despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent to provide housing to those in need.


LA's Sustainability Guide--The Urban Farmers' Almanac

Thursday April 22, 2021 by Carolyn

If you're like me, you're increasingly concerned about climate change but sometimes feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem and your ability to make a difference through everyday decisions.

Angelenos Margaret To and Margie Peng, to the rescue.

They are the co-leads of the Los Angeles chapter of Climate Designers, a global hub for designers and creative professionals from all industries, committed to using their creative skills for climate action.

Help to Improve the Lives of Seniors in our Community

Tuesday February 9, 2021 by Carolyn

Each of us has at least one senior in our lives who sometimes needs help but doesn't know where to turn. She or he may not have access to healthy food, transportation, medical care, legal services, counseling, companionship, or simply conversation. 

Perhaps that senior is even you.

The coronavirus pandemic has intensified the challenges that many seniors, especially those living alone, face every day.

The Legacies of Gandhi and MLK Help LA to Heal

Monday January 25, 2021 by Carolyn

The legacies of the world's most influential proponents of nonviolent social change, Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, live on through Cities4Peace. An initiative of the International Association for Human Values, Cities4Peace is a global initiative that helps cities improve their quality of life by actively promoting peace, compassion, and nonviolence. It does so through a series of intensive workshops that bring together groups of indivduals who have lived in conflict with one another.

Winning Ideas for Improving LA--A Must Read

Wednesday October 28, 2020 by Carolyn

LA2050 recently held a grant competition that attracted 285 proposals from a wide range of nonprofits, social enterprises, B corporations, and government entities.

Applicants pitched their ideas for improving life in Los Angeles in the following areas--Learn, Connect, Live, Create, and Play. A total of $1 million was distributed among the top 25 winning submissions.

Treat Yourself to Live Talks Los Angeles

Thursday September 24, 2020 by Carolyn

Since 2010, Live Talks Los Angeles has produced hundreds of live events around southern California, featuring prominent and emerging writers, actors, artists, musicians, humorists, chefs, scientists, and, through our Live Talks Business series, thought leaders in business. 

Founded by Ted Habte-Gabr, Live Talks Los Angeles has become a vital part of the cultural life of our city.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Live Talks Los Angeles is being offered virtually. So, you can enjoy a range of conversations from the comfort of your home. 

Powerful Collaboration Creates Huge Hunger Relief Effort in LA

Wednesday June 10, 2020 by Carolyn

Like so many Angelenos, Austin Beutner and Anthony Pritzker were distressed that the Covid-19 pandemic had dramatically increased the food insecurity experienced by so many in the community. Government efforts were inadequate and slow. 

So, Beutner, superintendent of the LAUSD, and Anthony Pritzker, philanthropist and a member of one of the nation's most prominent families (Hyatt), decided to take action. It only took at 20-minute phone call between the long-time friends to create the charity L.A. Students Most in Need.