California State University Northridge Neighborhood Sustainability Powerpoint This is a PowerPoint assignment. Table of contents, Grading rubric, and sampl

California State University Northridge Neighborhood Sustainability Powerpoint This is a PowerPoint assignment. Table of contents, Grading rubric, and sample powerpoint assignment is given below. You have to choose one topic from each column from star goasl and objectives. The sample assignment has everything in it. My neighborhood is Van Nuys,California. SYLMAR, CALIFORNIA
SUSTAINABILITY
REPORT
Diana Villalobos
Professor Vrat
URBS 310
December 1 st ,
2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
Summary
Recommendations
Neighborhood Description
Methodology
Sustainability Assessment
Built Environment
Climate and Energy
Economy & Jobs
Education, Art & Community
Equality and Empowerment
Health & Safety
Innovation and Process
 References






INTRODUCTION
 My neighborhood, Sylmar California, is located within the San
Fernando Valley region in Los Angeles. It’s a family friendly
neighborhood with a population of less 100,000 persons.
Throughout this presentation we will be examining the
sustainability of my city, meaning how Sylmar maintains the
rate levels of a Built Environment, Climate and energy,
Education, Arts, and Community, Economy and Jobs, Equity
and Empowerment, Health and Safety, and lastly Natural
Systems.
SUMMARY
 In summary, in recent years the city of Sylmar has built many low
income housing complexes that allow those with low income to
find a place to call home. With funds signed off by Mayor
Villaragiorsa in 2012, the efforts to increase resource efficiency
continue to assist major building corporations and complexes to
help save energy in cities within Los Angeles. Because of
programs that help students further their education, jobs are
created that help the local economy and help with the
advertising of the importance of donations and volunteering. As
well as volunteer programs and clinics that make places like
Mend and Vista CHC continue to provide for those in need. The
city of Sylmar although experiencing many close wild fires, the
air quality seems to be at healthy levels, but people should try
and use other forms of transportation so carbon monoxide wont
be transmitted into our ozone layer. If we all continue to help out
the best possible way we can, we’ll be able to take care of those
around us and our environment.
RECOMMENDATIONS
Sustainability Topics
Recommendations
Built Environment
Advertisement for to low income housing should be
made available to those in need of affordable
housing in Sylmar.
Climate Energy
Emphasize more the importance of energy efficiency
and saving energy in homes.
Economy and Jobs
More advertising for jobs other than fast food places.
Places like staffing agencies that help people get
jobs at offices.
Education, Arts, and Community
Leave as is.
Equity and Empowerment
Emphasize the importance of donations and
volunteering at human services centers.
Health and Safety
Leave as is.
Natural Systems
Educate people about the Air Quality website so that
people are aware of the air quality of their city daily,
especially when there are wildfires around their
areas to ensure safety of going outside.
METHODOLOGY
 T h i s r e p o r t p r o v i d e s t h e S u s t ai n a b i l it y
A n a l y s i s f o r S y l m a r C a l i fo r ni a u s i n g t h e
S TA R C o m m uni t y R a t i n g S y s tem . T h e S TA R
r a t i n g s y s te m c o n s i s t s o f s ev e n
s u s t a i n a b i li t y – r a t i n g a r e a s . W i t h i n e a c h
a r e a , a p p l i ca b l e s u s t a i n a b il i t y c r i te r i a
w e r e s e l e c te d a n d u s e d to r a te t h e ex i s t i n g
n e i g h b o rh o o d . I n t h e s e s ev e n to p i c a r e a s ,
t h e r e a r e v a r i o us a n d s p e c i fi c c e l l s b e l ow
t h e m . O u t o f t h e s e v a r i o us c e l l s i n t h e
s ev e n s u s t a i n a bi l it y a r e a s , t h e r e w i l l b e a
c e l l t h a t w i l l b e a n a l y z e d a n d t h e r a te s f o r
e a c h o f t h e s e c e l l s w i l l s h o w l ev e l s o f L o w,
M e d i um, a n d H i g h . L ev e l o f L o w s h o w s t h e
overall grade assessment for the goals
t h a t n e e d i m p rov e m en t t h e m o s t ; M e d i um
m e a n s i t n e e d s s o m ew h a t i m p rov em e n t s ,
b u t m o r e s u s t a i n a bil i t y w o r k . A s f o r t h e
l ev e l o f h i g h , i t s et s a g r e a t l ev e l o f
s u s t a i n a b i li t y. T h e s e l ev e l s a r e t h e
o v e r v i ew o f t h e p r o g r e s s t h a t t h e
c o m m uni t y o f S a n Fr a n c i s c o a n d t h e r e a r e
s p e c i fi c r e c o m m e n d a t i on s f o r i n c r e a s i n g
s u s t a i n a b i li t y.
(Stars Community, 2012)
NEIGHBORHOOD DESCRIPTION
 The City of Sylmar is a diverse
city within the San Fernando
Valley. It was once known for its
huge distribution of Olive
Orchards and its past can be
traced back to the founding of
San Fernando Mission. Sylmar’s
weather was once considered to
be healthy, but now because of
so much climate change, the
weather in this area seems to
stay mostly warm year round.
Today, there are fourteen public
and eight private schools within
the city of Sylmar. The total
population of Sylmar as of today
according to point2homes.com,
is 91 ,245 persons, 45,588
males and 45,657 females.
ME IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
Me buying from my local
corner market
Me at my favorite sushi
place Xevichez
BUILT ENVIRONMENT
P U R P O S E : A C H I E V E L I V A B I L I T Y, C H O I C E , & A C C E S S F O R A L L W H E R E P E O P L E L I V E ,
W O R K , A N D P L AY
RATING: HIGH
 (BE-4) Housing Af fordability
 Existing Conditions
– Sylmar of fers many housing
complex’s that fit the needs of low
income families. Recently, many new
apar tments have been built in areas
that were once vacant lots. Specific low
income housing information can be
found online or at those facilities
themselves. According to
https://www.lowincomehousing.us/CA/
sylmar.html , there are about 15 low
income housing of fer s within Sylmar,
which actually happen to be ver y close
to my home.
 Recommendations:
– The city should do a bit more
of adver tising on these low income
housing complexes and public spaces
so that people feel more apar t of the
community.
CLIMATE AND ENERGY
P U R P O S E : R E D U C E C L I M AT E I M P A C T S T H R O U G H A D A P T I O N A N D M I T I G AT I O N
E FFOR T S A N D I N C R E A S E R E S OU RCE E N E RGY
RATING: MEDIUM
 (CE-3) Greening The Energy Supply
 Existing Conditions
– Although there isn’t much evidence of energy supply
consumption in Sylmar, within the greater Los Angeles area there
is. In 2012 Mayor Antonio Villaragiorsa joined the Energy
Efficiency Community Block Grant Program; the goal of this
program funds to reduce energy consumption in public buildings,
multi-family affordable housing, and commercial buildings. The
funds were also used to tackle climate change problems.
(Chu,2012)
 Plans were made for future temperature changes and detailed
data was made to help others save energy. An ex: Solar panels
 Recommendation: Emphasize more importance on energy
efficiency and saving energy in homes.
ECONOMY AND JOBS
P U R P O S E : C R E AT E E Q U I TA B LY S H A R E D P R O P E R T Y A N D A C C E S S T O Q U A L I T Y J O B S
 (EJ-3) Local Economy
 Exis ting Conditions:
-Occupational Employment in San Fernando
Valley: 66.6% White collar, 33.4% Blue
Collar (point2homes.com)
 StarWaggon’s producti on have been using
lots all across Southern California but the
impact they have for the local economy is
massive since they use Sylmar lots as its
headquar ter s ( StarWaggons: A Star For
The Local Economy).
 They employ about 100 worker s to build
and maintain the company’s fleet
(StarWaggons : A Star For The Local
Economy).
 There are also many places as well as
websites where jobs are of fered within the
entire san Fernando valley. One example
is my sister s job, she works for a staf fing
agency that helps people find jobs.
Ultimate Roth Staf fing
Recommendations: More adver tising for jobs
other than fast food places.
RATING: MEDIUM
EDUCATION, ARTS, AND COMMUNIT Y
P U R P O S E : E M P O W E R V I B R A N T , E D U C AT E D , C O N N E C T E D , A N D D I V E R S E C O M M U N I T Y
RATING: HIGH
 (EAC-3) Educational Oppor tunity and Attainment
 Existing Conditions
– There are a lot of education oppor tunities in Sylmar. Aside from
the public schools and private schools, there are also continuation
programs for people who never finished high school, pregnant teens, even
classes just to learn the basis of English or computer skills, or tutoring
and volunteering oppor tunities for all occasions.
 Because of programs like these graduation rates in all of greater Los
Angeles have increased. As of 2016 the graduation rate was 83.2%
(Kholi, 2017).
 Recommendations
– Leave as is.
EQUIT Y AND EMPOWERMENT
P U R P O S E : E N S U R E E Q U I T Y, I N C L U S I O N , A N D A C C E S S T O O P P O R T U N I T Y F O R A L L
RESIDENTS
RATING:HIGH
 (EE-5) Human Services
 Existing Conditions
-The biggest known Human Service
center in Sylmar and San Fernando
valley is MEND. Mend offers food,
clothing, medical, eye care, dental,
educational, and training services.
-To qualify household incomes need to
be below the poverty guidelines and live
in the service areas like Pacoima,
Arleta, Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, North
Hills, and Mission Hills. Services are also
offered by MEND in Panorama City and
Sun Valley (mendpoverty.org/ourprograms).
-Recommendations: Emphasize the
importance of donations and
volunteering at Human Services centers.
HEALTH AND SAFET Y
P U R P O S E : S T R E N G T H E N C O M M U N I T I E S T O B E H E A LT H Y, R E S I L I E N T, A N D S A F E
PLACES FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
 (HS-2 Community Health)
 Existing Conditions
 Sylmar houses a very big community
health center called Vista CHC. This
health center provides services such
as family practice health care,
women’s services, sports physicals,
TB testing, free condoms, and
preventive health care education.
 Those eligible for these services are
those who fit the poverty levels of the
Federal Government.
 They accept various types of health
insurances and also offer free
cholesterol and diabetes screening
(vistachc.org).
 Recommendations: Leave as is. This
is a great service for those who can’t
afford expensive health care.
RATING:HIGH
NATURAL SYSTEMS
P U R P O S E : P R O T E C T A N D R E S T O R E T H E N AT U R A L R E S O U R C E B A S E U P O N W H I C H
LIFE DEPENDS
 (NS-4) Outdoor Air Quality
RATING: MEDIUM
 Existing Conditions
 As of today, Sylmar’s air quality is considered to be
Satisfactory and houses no
risks(https://weather.weatherbug.com/life/air -quality/sylmarca-91342)
 The website above can actually be checked daily for a daily
report of the air quality of the city.
 The use of many cars release carbon monoxide into the air
that becomes hazardous to the ozone layer.
 Recommendations: Educate people a bit more about the
access to this website so that people are aware of the air
quality of their city daily, especially when there are wildfires
around their areas to ensure safety of going outside.
REFERENCES
 1 . Chu, John. “The City of Los Angeles Has It’s Spotlight on Energy
Ef ficiency,” Ener gy.gov, 30 July 201 2, WEB. 20 Nov 2017.
 2. Kohli, Sonali. “California and LA Unified Graduation Rates Continue to
Increase. “ Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times. 1 2 April 2017.
Web. 20 Nov 2017.
 3. About-Us-Vi staCHC – Vista Community Health Center – clinic, 8 Aug. 2017,
Web. 20 Nov 2017.
 4. “StarWaggons: A Star for the Local Economy.” Film LA ., Inc., 16 Aug.
2016, Web. 20 Nov 2017.
 5. “Sylmar, Ca Local Air Quality Index and Air Pollution Repor ts”.
Weatherbug.c om . Local and National Weather Forecasts, Radar and News.
1 Dec. 2017, Web. 20 Nov. 2017.
 6. “Sylmar, CA Low Income Housing.” Low Income Housing, 16 Sept. 2016,
Web. 20 Nov. 2017.
 7. “Sylmar Demographics”. 7 Oct 2017, Web. 14 Nov. 2017.
URBS 310 – Sustainability Development of Cities
Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment
Grading (15 points)
1. [Pass / Fail ] Cover: Does it have all required elements? Title, Photo, Name, Class Info?
2. [Pass / Fail] Table of Contents: Does the paper have the correct headings as specified in the TOC
template (Be sure to add/include Natural Systems)?
3. [Pass / Fail] Introduction: Does it say what you are going to do, without any results?
4. [Pass / Fail] Summary: Short Summary of Entire Report
5. [Pass / Fail]: Recommendations: Short Bullet list of Recommendations
6. [1 points] After reading only the short Summary and the short Recommendations sections, do you have
a complete picture of the sustainability of the neighborhood and needed improvements? (eg: No need to
read the rest of the report?)
7. [1 points] Neighborhood Description: Map with boundary? Photos? Photo of you in the
Neighborhood?
8. [1 points] Methodology Is the STAR Matrix Image present with cells circled or otherwise highlighted?
Is there an explanation of how the chart works? You can find this under the matrix on the website.
9. [10 points] Sustainability Assessment Does each selected cell have two sub-headings: 1) Current
Sustainability and 2) Recommendations to improve sustainability (short bullet or numbered list)? For
each column in the STAR Communities matrix, does each column heading have a grade: [ H | M | L ]:?
Is each selected cell of the matrix supported by facts, figures, photos? graphs, etc.? Are Citations
provided for all assertions in the analysis section (APA or MLA style)? For each selected cell of the
matrix, is the page laid out 1/3 text, 1/3 images, 1/3 white space?
10. [1 points] References: Note: References provide complete information on sources, so people can verify
the Citations (short-cuts) which are provided in the Body of the Report and link to the References at the
back of the report
11. [1 points] Layout: 1/3 text, 1/3 graphics images, etc, 1/3 blank space
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[Pass/Fail]: For all [Pass/Fail] items, points will be deducted for “Fail”

Introduction

Summary

Recommendations

Neighborhood Description

Methodology

Sustainability Assessment
Built Environment
Climate and Energy
Economy & Jobs
Education, Art & Community
Equity & Empowerment
Health & Safety
Natural Systems
Innovation and Process

References
Built
Environment
Climate &
Energy
Economy &
Jobs
Education,
Arts, &
Community
Equity &
Empowerment
Health &
Safety
Natural
Systems
Innovation &
Process
BE-I:
Ambient Noise &
Light
CE-T:
Climate
Adaptation
EJ-I:
Business
Retention &
Development
EAC-I:
Arts & Culture
EE-T:
Civic Engagement
HS-I:
Active Living
NS-I:
Green
Infrastructure
IP-I:
Best Practices &
Processes
BE-2:
Community
Water Systems
CE-2:
Greenhouse Gas
Mitigation
EJ-2:
Green Market
Development
EAC-2:
Community
Cohesion
EE-2:
Civil & Human
Rights
HS-2:
Community
Health
NS-2:
Biodiversity &
Invasive Species
IP-2:
Exemplary
Performance
BE-3:
Compact &
Complete
Communities
CE-3:
Greening the
Energy Supply
EJ-3:
Local Economy
EAC-3:
Educational
Opportunity &
Attainment
EE-3:
Environmental
Justice
HS-3:
Emergency
lanagement &
Response
NS-3:
Natural Resource
Protection
IP-3:
Local Innovation
BE-4:
Housing
Affordability
CE-4:
Energy Efficiency
EJ-4:
Quality Jobs &
Living Wages
EAC-4:
Historic
Preservation
EE-4:
Equitable Services
& Access
HS-4:
Food Access &
Nutrition
NS-4:
Outdoor Air
Quality
IP-4:
Good Governance
BE-5:
Infill &
Redevelopment
CE-5:
Water Efficiency
EJ-5:
EAC-5:
Targeted Industry Social & Cultural
Development Diversity
EE-5:
Human Services
HS-5:
Health Systems
NS-5:
Water in the
Environment
EJ-6:
BE-6:
Public Parkland
CE-6:
Local Government
GHG & Resource
Footprint
Workforce
Readiness
EAC-6:
Aging in the
Community
EE-6:
Poverty
Prevention &
Alleviation
HS-6:
NS-6:
Hazard Mitigation Working Lands
BE-7:
Transportation
Choices
CE-7:
Waste
Minimization
HS-7:
Safe Communities

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