Climate Cents

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Climate Cents

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Climate Cents

Organization(s) website(s):

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):


Climate Cents is a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Partners, a nonprofit incubator

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Climate Cents is an online platform that makes it easy and exciting to fight global warming by supporting local initiatives that are making Los Angeles a better place to live right now, especially for its most disadvantaged communities.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


In a divided, distracted, disconnected city, Climate Cents brings people together by showcasing local environmental initiatives, and making it easy to get involved. When you donate your money or time, you’ll instantly receive the gratification of knowing the difference you’re making – a stream of personalized metrics like CO2 reductions, plus inspiring photos and data visualizations. It’s simple to share these on social media, motivate your friends to take action and maximize your impact.

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 Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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 “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


The most measurable pay-off from Climate Cents is increased funding, volunteers and publicity for local environmental initiatives like tree planting, urban gardens, ocean revitalization, community green space creation, sustainable waste recycling, and solar panel installation that will make L.A. a healthier, more pleasant, and more connected place to live. These will contribute to a city in which people don’t face environmental health hazards, where they can breathe clean air, drink clean water, relax and exercise among ample greenery and in the oceans, and eat good local food.

But the truth is that no single project can make L.A. the healthiest place to live — it will take a collective effort. So Climate Cents works to improve L.A.’s environment and to counter climate change in ways that complement existing efforts. We amplify support for effective local initiatives and help them to more carefully measure, track, and broadcast their outcomes, supercharging the movement for a more livable city.

L.A. has long been a divided and inequitable city, especially in terms of health, environment, and livability. What makes Climate Cents unique is its ability to catalyze a city-wide collaboration to tackle the problems we ultimately all share. We will drive funding from more affluent areas toward remedies for some of the city’s worst environmental hotspots. Angelenos will be able to invest in projects in their own neighborhoods and across town. The result will be a renewed sense of civic pride and purpose.

No place, especially L.A., will be able to make gains in public health and livability without tackling global warming. Rapid climate change has already begun to harm ecosystems globally. It’s contributing to rising sea levels, intensifying droughts, and melting snowpacks across California. In L.A., rising temperatures lead to negative health effects like heat stress and respiratory diseases.

It’s important to tackle this challenge locally. So many efforts to fight climate change are distant from people’s ordinary lives and will start working only over the long-term. Before policy reforms and technological transformation become a reality, we need to make incremental efforts that get regular people engaged. While there are programs that fight climate change, there’s been no effort that groups these efforts, develops a central hub to fund them and track progress in reducing carbon emissions. That’s why we created Climate Cents.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


CC aims to bring money, volunteers, and attention to local environmental projects by tapping into a large population who haven’t been major donors or activists. We’ll direct these new resources to innovative initiatives, especially those emerging from disadvantaged communities. The sense of hope and accomplishment that users gain will motivate them to persevere in the fight against climate change and environmental injustice.

We’ll evaluate our progress toward goals by tracking key metrics.

1) Monthly # of people who are website visitors/users/donors
2) Annual # of money, volunteer hours and social media impressions
3) Proportion of donations to disadvantaged communities

Within a year of the full-platform’s public launch, we want to be bringing in at least 500 donors a month, with an average donation of $50. Within three years, we want to be at scale in L.A., with $2 million in annual donations from at least 15,000 users, and beginning to scale the platform to other cities.

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.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Beautiful design, great team, fantastic idea -- this is the start of something big.

by kt1976
6 months ago

Love this idea... super simple and fun to make a difference and see exactly how you're making an impact. just what LA needs in 2015

by davidpl
6 months ago

for sure!

by davidpl
6 months ago

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