Blueprint Earth is Making Los Angeles the Environmental Science Capital of the World

submission by volcanojess

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Blueprint Earth

Organization(s) website(s):

www.blueprintearth.org

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

https://twitter.com/BlueprintEarth

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

www.facebook.com/blueprintearth

Organization(s) instagram handle(s):

www.instagram.com/blueprintearth

Please share the direct link for voters to sign up for your newsletter(s):

http://blueprintearth.org/newsletter

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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Blueprint Earth’s mission is to preserve Earth's environments through scientific research and education.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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Blueprint Earth’s vision is to transform Los Angeles into the global leader in environmental science and technology innovation by 2050. We are creating a culture of curiosity and innovation that will grow and retain top talent, as well as drive research funding, private investments, and environmental startups. We want the name "Los Angeles" to be to the environmental science world what "Hollywood" is to the film world by 2050.

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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@BlueprintEarth is creating L.A.’s vibrant future as the world environmental science capitol through #MyLA2050

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valey

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics? (check all that apply)

Employment in the creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to create.

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Blueprint Earth makes L.A. the best place to create by building, growing, and sustaining a culture of curiosity. Blueprint Earth is creating the foundation for Los Angeles to become the world leader in environmental science and technology research by 2050. The Blueprint First program reaches elementary students early. The Blueprint Labs program creates opportunities for older students. The Mission Mojave project creates “blueprints” of our planet’s environments by engaging scientists and engineers. Blueprint Earth is creating the perfect atmosphere for new technologies, new research, and new types of manufacturing and production.

Blueprint Earth gives traditionally under-represented students access to positive science role models. The Blueprint First science literacy pilot program at Haddon Avenue Elementary in Pacoima starts this fall by connecting real scientists with 225 students. The scientists and students work together to create memorable hands-on science experiments. This helps students discover the world while generating enthusiasm for learning about the planet.

Blueprint Earth is creating an environmental science laboratory for Angelenos in high school and college to learn real skills that will prepare them for vocational lab jobs, or for work or higher education after earning a degree. The Blueprint Labs program will work with private companies, universities, and the government to study environments, and will create paid jobs for young adults in Los Angeles.

For the future of the entire city of Los Angeles, Blueprint Earth is creating teams of scientists and engineers working together to understand the environment in new ways. Our signature project, Mission Mojave, supports these teams as they create environmental blueprints, which will help protect, preserve, and restore damaged environments. This type of collaboration between professionals leads to revolutionary discoveries and innovation.

Blueprint Earth’s programs are creating a culture of curiosity focused on environmental science in Los Angeles. Blueprint First creates environment passion in our youngest citizens. Blueprint Labs creates real career skills for young adults. Finally, Mission Mojave creates real knowledge about how the planet functions, and opens possibilities for exciting discoveries and creative solutions to environmental problems facing Los Angeles in the 21st century.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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The Blueprint First program will require evaluation of whether the program activities proceed as planned and produce the expected results. Evaluations will occur during each academic year using short student knowledge questionnaires both pre and post each Blueprint First session. Classroom teachers will be surveyed throughout the year to assess program success.

The participant experience and work of Blueprint Labs will be evaluated using customer and participant case studies, customer satisfaction surveys, participant demographic surveys, and documentation reviews to measure customer satisfaction and the overall program benefit.

Mission Mojave is evaluated through participant interviews, demographic surveys, observation, and case studies. Success is measured by invitations to present at professional science conferences and publication in scientific journals. The final measure of Mission Mojave’s success is the replication of the natural study environment in a controlled setting.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

Discussion
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Love it

by justinorcutt89
5 months ago

Love it

by justinorcutt89
5 months ago

I am very aware of the work and commitment this group has and of the wonderful work and research they do..

by wam
5 months ago

Such an amazing organization!

by Kaminskygirl
6 months ago

Voted :) Good luck!!

-Sarah Richardson

by Srichardson1
6 months ago

Go Blueprint Earth!

by janemf
6 months ago

I'm a huge supporter! BluePrint Earth is a great organization. Bringing science into the classrooms in such a fun and interactive way will benefit the future of our students and the world.

by Hmarinero
6 months ago

BluePrint Earth is awesome! As a college student, I have been exposed to various fields in science and have now worked with a leading mammalian biologists because of BluePrint Earth. I can't image how much this grant would help this inventive, groundbreaking, and awesome project!!!

by TeresaCabrera
6 months ago

This is amazing! Nothing else like this out there.

by deemerj
6 months ago

Such an awesome project!! Nothing beats encouraging the scientists and engineers of the future!

by glutenfreemartin
6 months ago

This is a VERY cool project!

by jtbjtb
6 months ago

Such an important and creative project - I can't imagine a better organization for this grant! Following all the new developments as they become realities is truly incredible. Let's save the environment!!

by rdickeychasins
6 months ago

Jess, I'm proud to know you and you're amazing organization! I cannot wait to vote, and best of luck!

Amy

by Vanmecal
6 months ago

Such an important and creative project - I can't imagine a better organization for this grant! Following all the new developments as they become realities is truly incredible. Let's save the environment!!

by rdickeychasins
6 months ago

What a great initiative you've created! Blueprint First will encourage young students' interest in environmental science just as the Space Program encouraged the interest of previous generations of students in space exploration. I wish you the best of luck with this grant and your programs, and I plan to donate separately to your wonderful organization!

by realGman
6 months ago

The project has come a long way and it's been amazing to follow the development from the first day you guys told me about the idea. The trips to the desert... to pick locations for the research and further develop the idea...all the long days and sleepless nights to further push this project... They were definitely worth it. I love what you all are doing. This deserves even more recognition and support because I really believe we can all benefit from the opportunities and knowledge Blueprint Earth offers and will continue to offer.

by AlexLB
6 months ago

It's an awesome idea to capture our environemnt and make sure we preserve it for our future.

by florencecham
6 months ago

This project is fundamental for creating the building blocks that our future generations need! I am excited to be part of this team!

by msandoval88
6 months ago

There is no one better for this grant than Blueprint Earth. Their mission and goals are awesome, need I say more?

by Monocle_otter
6 months ago

What an awesome project! Yay science!

by 6man
6 months ago

It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Blueprint Earth team; this grant proposal has my full and enthusiastic support!

by RGHiskey
6 months ago

A project with the most important focus - Earth! Amazing idea by an amazing group pf people!

by CassAtman
6 months ago

Great project! Great initiative! Thank you for doing what you're doing. I would love to to join you on the field someday. :)

by erin.fukuda
6 months ago

Amazing idea and people!

by wrightdd
6 months ago

Blueprint Earth does some very cool stuff!

by WonderingMonkey
6 months ago

Great video! I hope you get the grant you deserve :)

by Gabriel14
6 months ago

Exciting mission and goals, who better for this grant?

by rodhamidi
6 months ago

What an awesome project! Yay science!

by 6man
6 months ago

I've never seen anything like Blueprint Earth and am excited to be a part of the LA2050 contest :)

by eventhewaves
6 months ago

I may be biased, but I love this project! Go Blueprint Earth!

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thank you! We're so excited to be part of this.

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thanks so much for the support! We can't do what we do without you. :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thanks, Teresa! We loved having you out in the field with us, and we're glad the program made such an impact in your life. :) Thanks for the support!

by volcanojess
6 months ago

We agree! Totally unique approach, with some amazing far-reaching benefits that definitely fit the LA2050 vision.

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thank you! We think so too!

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thank you! Glad you like it. :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thanks Ruth! We really appreciate everything you've done and are still doing for BE!

by volcanojess
6 months ago

*your

by Vanmecal
6 months ago

Yes! That's exactly what we're aiming to do. No challenge is too great if we tap the ingenuity and creativity of our students. Thank you so much for all of the support!

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Your help at the beginning was so crucial. Thanks for always being there for us, and we're so glad you've believed in us from day 1. :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

We're glad you think so! Thanks for all of the support! :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

You're such a great asset to BE. Thanks again for the support!

by volcanojess
6 months ago

We're picking up what you're putting down. Thanks a ton! :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Yay science! Yay environment! Yay education!

by volcanojess
6 months ago

We're so happy to have you on the team! Your support is absolutely key. :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

We believe protecting and preserving the Earth is the key to having a great place for the next generations to call home. Glad you agree, and thanks for the support! :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thanks so much! We'd love to have you. The field dates for the upcoming seasons are on the front page of our website if you want to plan in advance. :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thanks for the support! :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

We definitely think so! Thank you! :D

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thank you! :) We are so excited to be in this competition.

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thanks! We agree. :)

by volcanojess
6 months ago

Thanks Amy! We really appreciate your support. :) The training helped us put this contest entry together, too!

by volcanojess
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015