Southern California Non-profit Organizations
Working for Sustainability

Public Policy, Planning and Technology

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Alliance for Survival - Los Angeles
Alliance for Survival - Orange County
Americans for a Safe Future
California League of Conservation Voters
CALPIRG--California Public Interest Research Group
Communities for a Better Environment
Earth Share of California
Global Cities Project
Green Party of California
Labor/Community Strategy Center
League of Women Voters/Environmental Action Committee (ENACT)
Natural Resources Defense Council
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Population Coalition
Rainforest Action Network - Los Angeles Field Office
SCCED--The Southern California Council on Environment and Development
University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Environmental Coalition
Zero Population Growth, Inc.

Alliance for Survival - Los Angeles
Contact: Jerry Rubin, Director
Address: 2035 4th St., Ste. 103C; Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310-399-1000

We are a grassroots peace and environmental organization opposed to nuclear weapons, nuclear power, environmental degradation, the pre-occupation of the government with military strength and military spending, and other political and personal injustices. We support converting our economy to fulfill human needs, have a global perspective, and are working to make the connections between peace, social justice and the environment. We believe that if the people will lead, the leaders will follow.

Projects: Campaigns against the Ward Valley nuclear waste dump; campaigns against toy guns and wartoys for children.

Volunteers: Yes

Alliance for Survival - Orange County
Contact: Marion Pack, Executive Director
Address: 200 N. Main St., Ste. M-2; Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: 714-547-6282
Fax: 714-547-6322

Americans for a Safe Future
Contact: Jennifer Richardson
Address: 409 Santa Monica Boulevard, 2nd Floor; Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-395-2388
Fax: 310-394-5825

Americans for a Safe Future (ASF) is the leading political force in a statewide coalition of groups working to stop the construction of a radioactive waste dump in Ward Valley, CA. The proposed waste dump site is only 18 miles from the Colorado River, Southern California's primary source of drinking water. ASF is focused on pioneering a more responsible radioactive waste storage policy for the country. Speaking for thousands, ASF is the voice that reaches elected leaders, top officials in government agencies, and those shaping public policy. ASF is succeeding in preventing shallow land burial of radioactive waste at Ward Valley and in reshaping the entire nation's policy on nuclear power and waste storage.


  • Lobbying
  • Policy meetings with top governmental officials
  • Editorial board briefings
  • Disseminating information to the public
  • Public testimony
  • Outreach to cancer and health care advocacy groups
  • Alternative research
  • Environmental testing oversight

Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising

California League of Conservation Voters
Contact: David Allgood, Southern California Director
Address: 10951 West Pico Blvd., Ste. 201, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310-441-1656
Fax: 310-441-1685
San Francisco Headquarters: 415-896-5550
Web Site: www.

California League of Conservation Voters is a statewide political action committee that works to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and federal office, then hold them accountable to the environmental agenda.

Projects: During election years, we work on the campaigns of candidates who will support strong environmental protections by giving financial, strategic, volunteer and media support; Legislative watchdog: track important environmental legislation in Sacramento and give all state lawmakers a grade for environmental performance; Web Site: lists candidates who endorse a strong environmental agenda, significant environmental legislation, how people voted, and how representatives in Sacramento voted on environmental issues

Resources: Newsletter; California Environmental Scorecard (contains voting record); memberships available

Volunteer Opportunities: Election season: work on campaigns of environmental candidates; officework

CALPIRG--California Public Interest Research Group
Contact: Ed Maschke, Executive Director
Address: 11965 Venice Blvd., Ste. 408, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310-397-3404
Fax: 310-391-0053
Web Site: /

CALPIRG does research and advocacy work in a variety of areas such as energy alternatives, toxics use reduction, pesticides control, food safety, environmental quality, consumer protection, good government and campaign finance reform. There are ten field offices and a number of canvass offices and college campus chapters.

Projects: Legislative watch for monitoring toxics bills and Committee member records; critiques of chemical industry's "Responsible Care" program and the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory report.

Resources: Literature on all of the above; quarterly newsletter

Volunteers Opportunities: Internships Please visit the web site listed above for complete information.

Communities for a Better Environment
Contact: Carlos Poras, Southern California Director
Address: 650 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 850, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213-486-5114
Fax: 213-486-5139
Web Site:

Communities for a Better Environment is a 15,000 member urban environmental health organization that works for the implementation and enforcement of laws intended to provide clean air, clean water, and toxic free communities. CBE's mission is to work towards a healthy, sustainable future through effective advocacy and community action that prevents pollution and reduces environmental health hazards in urban communities.

Projects: La Causa, a branch of CBE, was given funds by the National Institute of Health Sciences to conduct research and training in Southeast LA to build grassroot community organizations; RECLAIM - air pollution treating campaign; oil refinery selenium campaign

Resources: Offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles; CBE Environmental Review comes out quarterly; fact sheets; a new Community Resource Center

Volunteer Opportunities: Mostly composed of community members in Southeast LA area but everyone is welcome; internships also available

Earth Share of California
Contact: Belinda M. Teitel
Address: 1821 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 540, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: 310-264-7766
ESC Payroll Giving Campaign: 800-441-0446
Fax: 310-829-5434

Earth Share of California (ESC) is an umbrella organization of leading environmental groups, founded for the purpose of coordinating fundraising through workplace giving campaigns in companies across the State of California. We recognize that our own health is directly linked to the health of our planet and that our natural environment is now fragile and vulnerable to changes brought about by human activities. Through automatic payroll deduction, employees may direct their donations to one or several environmental groups, and they may spread their donation over a year. Workers who contribute to ESC help fund projects that tackle everything from community health issues to conservation.

Projects: ESC funds nearly one hundred environmental organizations of varying size and activity -- organizations that are dedicted to protecting and restoring our natural resources and promoting good environmental practices.

Contact: Susan Shannon, Vice President
Address: 14260 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 201, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: 818-906-2700
Fax: 818-906-3067

EcoExpo's mission is to promote environmental products and services to businesses and to the public.

Projects: EcoExpo: a trade and consumer show that is designed to showcase environmental products and services (Los Angeles and Washington D.C.); Green on Screen: environmental product placement in movies and television; Green Business Conference

Resources: Attend the EcoExpo; Resource Directory; advertising sold on web site

Volunteer Opportunities: Monitor rooms at conference; helping out at EcoExpo (hand out literature, help exhibitors with product sampling, coordinate information booth)

Global Cities Project
Contact: Walter McGuire
Address: 2162 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: 415-775-0791
Fax: 415-775-4159
Web Site:

The purpose of the Global Cities Project (GCP), the largest project of the Environmental Policy Center (EPC), is to identify and analyze environmental programs and policies dealing with sustainable development at a local government level. Sustainability, as defined by the EPC, rejects the traditional conflict between environmental protection and economic prosperity and holds instead that these goals are interdependent. The Global Cities Project works within a framework of local environmental policymaking based upon the principles of partnership, social equity, a focus on entire systems rather than single issues, and on systems change. The ten topics for study are: energy efficiency, water efficiency, water quality, transportation, air quality, solid waste, toxics and hazardous waste, urban forestry, open space, and land use.

Projects: The Project conducts an inventory of all the environmental programs and policies on member cities and an ongoing inventory of key local environmental policies and programs at the national level. The information is entered into an analytical framework or database which allows cities to compare their data with what others have done nationally. As a result, local governments can walk away with a prototype in order to bypass the research and trial-and-error process in community planning. GCP was a project of Earth Day 1990 and presented the Presidio Conference on sustainability in 1995.

Resources: Publications: a series of 10 handbooks that deal with each of the above topics in addition to case studies and ordinances; resources and on-line database searches available on Web Site (available to client cities only)

Volunteer Opportunities: Internships

Green Party of California
Contact: Mike Feinstein, Green Party Candidate
Address: P.O. Box 5631, Santa Monica, CA 90409-5631
Phone: 310-31-GREEN
Fax: 310-314-7336
Web Site: (lists Green parties with local contacts)

Because the earth community is imperiled and the current political system has proved ineffective, Green politics has arisen worldwide through Green parties and kindred grassroots movements. The Green vision is based upon ten key values: 1) ecological wisdom, 2) grassroots democracy; 3) social justice; 4) non-violence; 5) decentralization; 6) respect for diversity; 7) community-based economics; 8) post-patriarchal values/feminism; 9) personal and global responsibility; 10) sustainability/future focus.

Please visit the web site listed above for complete information

Address: 3767 Overland Ave., Ste. 114, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone: 310-287-2210
(information on local offices worldwide): 1-800- 326-0959
Fax: 310-287-0832
Web Site:

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organization which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Projects: General: protect biodiversity in all its forms; prevent pollution and abuse of the earth's oceans, land, air and fresh water; end all nuclear threats; promote peace, global disarmament, and non-violence. Specific: work to ban factory trawlers to prevent overfishing; work to stop industrial uses of chlorine, an environmental health problem; work to end nuclear testing

Resources: Speakers' Bureau for student and community groups; slide show; library of resources in the office: reports, fact sheets; newsletter for volunteers; books include Greenpeace Book of the Nuclear Age, Greenpeace Book on Global Warming, Greenpeace Book on Dolphins; memberships available--includes quarterly magazine; public meeting in Los Angeles on 2nd Thursday of every month at 7 pm at above address to hear update on current issues--often guest speakers

Volunteer Opportunities: Involvement in specific projects in Southern California; in local communities--circulating petitions, letterwriting groups, working with high school and college environmental clubs; internships

Labor/Community Strategy Center
Address: 3780 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 213-387-2800
Fax: 213-387-3500
Web Site: /

The Labor/Community Strategy Center is a multiracial "think tank/act tank" committed to building democratic internationalist social movements. The Strategy Center's work encompasses all aspects of urban life: it emphasizes rebuilding the labor movement, fighting for environmental justice, truly mass transit, and immigrant rights, as well as activity opposing the growing criminalization, racialization, and feminization of poverty. Our work synthesizes grassroots organizing through the WATCHDOG environmental project, Bus Riders' Union, and Urban Strategies Group as well as education and policy development through Strategy Center Publications and the International Institute for Strategic Organizing.

For complete information on the Labor Communities Strategy Center, please visit the web site listed above.

League of Women Voters/Environmental Action Committee (ENACT)
Contact: Mary Johnson, President
Address: 2411 No. Cameron Ave., Covina, CA 91724
Phone: 818-332-6124

Originally created to follow regional governance/environmental issues, ENACT is a grassroots citizen action group which promotes a sustainable society through action that encourages changes in lifestyle, reduction in consumption, pollution prevention, and building sustainable communities. ENACT is a cooperative effort of the twenty chapters of the League of Women Voters in the four counties of the Los Angeles basin (LA, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino).

Projects: Buy Recycled: a traveling display of a large variety of recycled products to persuade children and adults to buy recycled and close the loop; Building Sustainable Communities: taking indicators of sustainability and assessing the health of our communities

Resources: Newsletter; the Buy Recycled kit

Volunteer Opportunities: Gathering data; coalition opportunities

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Phone (New York Office): 212-727-2700
Fax: 212-727-1773
Address: NRDC, Public Education Dept., 40 West 20th St., New York, NY 10011
Web Site:

Natural Resources Defense Council, with 300,000 members nationwide, works to preserve the environment, protect public health, and ensure the conservation of wilderness and natural resources. NRDC pursues its goals through research, advocacy, litigation, and public education. NRDC has offices in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and is the only national environmental group with major urban environment programs in both New York and Los Angeles.

Projects: Program areas include: public health (air and water pollution, pesticide safety, environmental justice, urban environments); resource conservation (coastal protection, energy conservation, public lands protection); and stemming the proliferation of nuclear weapons

Resources: Quarterly magazine, The Amicus Journal; technical analyses, research reports, and policy papers, many of which are available in part or in full on NRDC's Web Site

Volunteer Opportunities: Include research, public education, and more (primarily in New York and Washington D.C. offices)

Physicians for Social Responsibility
Address: 1316 Third Street Promenade, Ste. B1, Santa Monica, CA
Phone: 310-458-2694
Fax: 310-458-7925
Web Site:

The American recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, Physicians for Social Responsibility is a community of conscience committed to eliminating weapons of mass destruction, preserving a sustainable environment, addressing public health reform and reducing violence and its causes.

For complete information about Physicians for Social Responsibility, including a data base of radioactive hazards in the United States, please visit the web site listed above.

Population Coalition
Contact: Marilyn Hempel, Executive Director
Address: 1476 North Indian Hill Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: 909-625-5717
Fax: 909-625-5717

Our mission is to increase awareness of the burden of overconsumption and overpopulation on a sustainable future.

Projects: Building Sustainable Communities; Population Awareness Campaign

Resources: Newsletter; in-depth white papers (study of particular issues, i.e. environmental refugees; economic empowerment for women; population and justice); Leaders Guide to Population Issues; the Pop!ulation Game (played on game board with cards -- an introduction to population and sustainability issues)

Volunteer Opportunities: Office and field work

Rainforest Action Network - Los Angeles Field Office
Contact: Tamar Hurwitz
Address: 1431 Ocean Ave., Ste. 500, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-487-2068
EVENT HOTLINE: 310-285-9359
Fax: 310-458-7348
San Francisco Office Phone: 415-398-4404
Address: 450 Samsom Street, Ste. 700, SF 94111
Web Site:

The Rainforest Action Network works to protect the earth's rainforests and to support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

Projects: We are working to reduce tropical timber imports to the US by encouraging the passage of resolutions and laws prohibiting use of tropical timber locally; we provide funding for grassroots forest peoples' projects designed to protect specific tracts of rainforest land. These projects include land demarcation and legal work for land titles.

Resources: Membership $35/year and $18 for low-income/students; newsletter; Publications: semi-annual World Rainforest Report ; Wood User's Guide; Amazonia Directory; Southeast Asia Guide -- overview of deforestation, directory of organizations, etc., Cut Waste, Not Trees -- compilation of articles on wood use reduction, alternatives to wood based products, environmental justice, etc.; Kids' Action Guide; action alerts;

Volunteer Opportunities: General office, fundraising, special projects, campaign assistance, research

SCCED--The Southern California Council on Environment and Development
Adress: 626 Santa Monica Blvd. #253, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2538
Phone: 310-281-8534
Fax: 310-455-3011
Web Site:

Director: Kathleen Gildred
Associate Director: Jim Stewart

The Southern California Council on Environment and Development (SCCED - pronounced "succeed") works toward building a sustainable future for Southern California by bringing together people from government agencies, environmental and community groups, universities, and businesses in the Greater Los Angeles Area. In facilitated task forces, roundtables, forums, and conferences, we work to build consensus on programs and policies to protect the environment, strengthen the economy, and ensure equity for the region's 15 million residents.

Projects: Conferences, Forums, Annual Indicator Reports on the State of the Local Environment & Economy, and Task forces in waste, water, and transportation, bring together experts from the different sectors to develop sustainable plans and programs for the region. The Open Space Coalition seeks to preserve and expand recreational opportunities and wildlife habitats in Los Angeles County.

University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Environmental Coalition 90024
Contact: Yuki Kidokaro, Co-director
Cindy Lin, Co-director
Address: 308 Westwood Plaza, 300 Kerckhoff Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 310-206-4438
Fax: 310-206-3755

A campus-based (UCLA) environmental organization that is a source of environmental education, outreach and action for UCLA and the larger L.A. community. We bring together various environmental groups and provide a resource center for students and others on environmental and social justice issues.

Projects: Recycling Project: working to reduce solid waste on campus and increase awareness of waste issues -- introduced newspaper recycling bins in addition to existing white and color paper recycling bins; Rainforest Action Group: continuing education and action around Rainforest issues, including the Mitsubishi boycott campaign; Free Burma campaign: working in conjunction with the international Free Burma Coalition to end the exploitation of human and natural resources

Resources: Newsletter, weekly informational/educational meetings

Volunteer Opportunities: Many community volunteer projects

Zero Population Growth, Inc.
Southern California Office: Contact: Susan Peterson
Address: 519A SanVicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90402
Phone: Washington D.C. Office - 310-260-9166
Address: 1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 320, Washington D.C. 20036
Phone: 1-800-767-1956; 202/332-2200
Fax: 202/332-2302
Web Site:

ZPG is the nation's largest grassroots organization concerned with the impacts of rapid population growth and wasteful consumption. Continued population growth is foremost among the factors aggravating critical environmental problems such as air and water pollution, deforestation, wildlife extinction, and climate change. Population pressures exacerbate acute social problems such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, crime, and teen pregnancy.

Projects: State Action Alerts for California and New York; Action Alert --Federal legislation on "parental rights"

Resources: The ZPG Reporter: Award-winning periodical; 1995 ZPG Congressional Report Card; ZPG Teacher: Curriculum materials for K-12, teaching resources, research paper suggestions and resources; population information: population statistics, libraries, data bases; ZPG Bookstore: books, publications, videos, t-shirts, buttons, and much more; on Web Site, how to find and contact any lawmaker in the U.S.