Recommended Organizations and Links

“Required Reading”

  • Check out my friend Jeffrey Stewart’s fantastic blog/site: www.whocareswhatyouthink.net . Jeffrey is a very sharp, witty voice on issues social and political.

Environment

  • Sustainable Works (www.SustainableWorks.org) — “We exist to ensure that the concepts of sustainability and the actions associated with living a sustainable lifestyle are integrated into the daily activities of individuals, institutions and businesses. We do this by providing hands-on, interactive, educational experiences, serving as a liaison between governments, institutions, businesses and individuals and fostering community development.” (in Los Angeles County).
  • Heal the Bay (www.HealtheBay.org) — “Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action and advocacy.”
  • Climate Cents (www.ClimateCents.org) — “Climate Cents is the central hub that connects you to local projects that are fighting climate change in Los Angeles right now. We call it Climate Cents because it only takes your daily pocket change to make a difference. We’ve researched and selected trusted local nonprofits that are running powerful projects that you can support. When you donate to these projects through Climate Cents, you’ll know exactly the kind of difference you’re making.”
  • TreePeople (www.TreePeople.org) — “TreePeople inspires and supports the people of LA to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. We unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. We work with volunteer leaders using our unique Citizen Forester model, and we influence government agencies for a healthy, thriving Los Angeles.”
  • Climate Resolve (www.ClimateResolve.org) — “Climate Resolve is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit…that is dedicated to creating real, practical solutions to meet the climate challenge while building a better city for Angelenos today and in the future. Our mission is to make Southern California more livable and prosperous today and for generations to come by inspiring people at home, at work, and in government to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prepare for climate impacts.”
  • Environment California (www.EnvironmentCalifornia.org) — “Environment California is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.”

Energy and Environmental Consulting

  • EcoMotion, Inc. (www.EcoMotion.us) — “The cost-effective greening of cities, corporations, and campuses is our mission.”

Electoral/Political Reform / Consumer Advocacy

  • California Clean Money Campaign (www.CAclean.org) — “Do you want an open and accountable government that’s responsive to the needs of all Californians, not just big money campaign contributors?  The solution is called “Clean Money, Fair Elections”, which would change the way we finance election campaigns.”
  • Common Cause (www.CommonCause.org) — “Common Cause is the original. Our founding in 1970 sparked a democracy reform movement that continues to grow.”
  • Public Citizen (http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=183) — “Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. Since our founding in 1971, we have delved into an array of areas, but our work on each issue shares an overarching goal: To ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power.”

Federal Budget

  • The Concord Coalition (www.ConcordCoalition.org) — “The Concord Coalition is a non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, the long-term challenges facing America’s unsustainable entitlement programs, and how to build a sound foundation for economic growth.”

California Budget

  • The California Budget & Policy Center (www.CalBudgetCenter.org) ”The California Budget & Policy Center (formerly the California Budget Project) was founded in 1995 to fill a serious unmet need: for a credible, independent source of information on how budget and tax policies affect low- and middle-income Californians.”

Leadership Development and Civic Engagement

  • Southern California Leadership Network (www.LeadershipNetwork.org) — “Southern California Leadership Network advances the region and the state by inspiring, preparing and connecting leaders to drive change. SCLN does this through its signature Leadership Fellowships, continued leadership development opportunities and other events to promote lifelong leadership learning.