Environment

Check out the volunteer opportunities below to get involved in protecting and promoting a cleaner and greener L.A.

Check out our Climate Change Advocacy Bootcamp

L.A. Works conducted a webseries where volunteers learned about a global warming issue and completed an advocacy action that combats it.

While the series has ended, you’re in luck! We’ve recorded the sessions so you can watch and take action in your own time. Click the sessions below to get started!

  1. Reducing Carbon Emissions
  2. Global Actions Impacting Climate Change
  3. California Greenhouse Emission Goals
  4. Rethinking Renewables like Biomethane, Hydogen, and Other Energies that can Help

Looking for more ways to create a greener and cleaner Los Angeles? Check out the below opportunities for new ways to help the environment!

Please wait... Image for spinner

⚙ SPRUCE IT UP: Revitalize TreePeople Park

WHAT: Maintain trails, plant, and tend the nursery at TreePeople Park. ABOUT TREEPEOPLE: TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles. https://www.treepeople.org/ VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES: L.A. Works volunteers come out to help maintain TreePeople Park, a 45-acre area that thousands of Los Angeles-area students visit every year to take part in environmental educational programs. Volunteers help maintain trails, remove invasive plants, re-grade slopes and tend the nursery. IMPACT: Volunteering with TreePeople is fun and rewarding. Our events empower you with the support, training and tools you need to be an engine of change. Join us each week as we plant and care for trees, remove invasive species and maintain our beautiful park! TreePeople’s grassroots activities focus on serving under resourced communities lacking protection from heat and climate impacts, maintaining our 45-acre headquarters here in Coldwater Canyon Park along with restoring our local mountain forests. REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers for this project must be at least 14 years of age. Any volunteer under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER DURING COVID-19: You must not been or felt sick in the last 2 weeks not been around anyone who has been or felt sick in the last 2 weeks bring your own mask if possible, bring your own hand sanitizer SPECIAL SAFETY PROCEDURES DURING COVID-19: All volunteers must wear masks at all times. You must wash your hands at the beginning and end of the volunteer activity, and any time after touching your face. Physical contact is to be avoided and 6 foot distancing will be required. Please avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands immediately if you do so. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette. SPECIAL NOTES: This is a physically demanding project. This project will occur rain or shine. ACCESSIBILITY: L.A. Works firmly believes that we strengthen the social fabric of our community by involving all in service. If you feel you need accommodations to participate in this project please email us at info@laworks.com. QUESTIONS? Select the date you want below and click the Sign Up button! WANT TO SIGN UP? click on the green SIGN UP button below. Note - teams of 5+ people must email the Opportunity Coordinator ahead of time. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for our nonprofit partner and is led by an L.A. Works Volunteer Project Leader. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. By clicking “sign up,” I acknowledge that I am aware and understand that I am signing up Activities that are coordinated and managed in conjunction with a third party Agency or Organization, and that L.A. Works has no jurisdiction over the site where these Activities take place. The site of these Activities may be inherently dangerous and may expose me to a variety of foreseen and unforeseen hazards and risks including exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). The Activities may involve a degree of contact with clients who need assistance and other volunteers who may be carriers of COVID-19 and that personal protective equipment may not be available for my use and/or effective against preventing transmission of COVID-19 whether as a result of my own actions or otherwise. By clicking “sign up,” I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in the Activities and have considered those risks. I hereby expressly and specifically assume such risks, including any and all risk of injury, illness, harm, or loss that I may incur as a result of my participation in the Activities. I hereby fully and forever release and discharge L.A. Works from, and expressly waive, any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, that may arise from my participation in the Activities.

Beverly Hills, CA

Passionate about the environment? Join the KYCC team!

Quick Overview: The Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) is one of the leading organizations that plants trees in the City of Los Angeles and we can use your help! Whether it’s assisting in our free tree distributions, leading a team of volunteers, supporting our tree planting or beautification events, removing graffiti, or helping around the office, we have a job for you. Mission or Broader Program Description: The Koreatown Youth and Community Center was established in 1975 to support a growing population of at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Today, KYCC is the leading multiservice organization in Koreatown, supporting children and their families in the areas of education, health, housing, and finances. Most of the clients served are first generation immigrants from Asia and Latin America. Committed to serving the diverse population of Koreatown, we offer all programs in Spanish, Korean and English. Impact: Koreatown is one of the least green and most densely populated urban neighborhoods in the United States. We have limited parks and recreational space, with few healthy and mature trees. We believe that our dedication and support of inspired community actions is the most effective way to achieve meaningful and sustainable environmental change. Our Environmental Services provide training and resources for residents to beautify their neighborhood, to increase open space for families and to grow tree-lined streets in Los Angeles. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: In addition to the duties listed above, we can also use help with canvassing to get property owners to consent to planting trees, tracking trees, and monitoring trees we’ve planted in our tree database. Requirements: Interns must be at least 18 years old, and commit to at least 12 hours per week, for a minimum of 3 months. Spanish or Korean bilingual is helpful, but not required. If this is more than you can commit to at the moment, there's other more short term opportunities with KYCC and our Environmental Service Unit here. Additional Details: Our Environmental Services office is open 7 days a week, from 6:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Generally, speaking our community events such as tree planting, tree distribution, or clean ups occur on weekend mornings from 8:00 A.M. until noon.

Los Angeles, CA

Garden With A Purpose

Quick Overview: The Niles Foundation's partner community garden is looking for a few volunteers a week to help us with gardening, composting, and our young farmers' classes. We teach our volunteers, so you can have little or no experience! This is an on-site volunteer project here in LA. Mission: The Niles Foundation Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded to promote and increase equity and equality by organizing local community, supporting sustainable projects, and empowering our citizens who are low-income, underserved, underrepresented, and at-risk. We are dedicated to the development, and growth of our local communities, through free education programs, sustainable projects, and hands-on community actions. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Volunteer roles will be to assist the foundation and partner gardening program leaders onsite gardening, composting, and our young farmers' classes. Responsibilities include laying down soil, watering plants, putting gardening tools up, pulling weeds, planting new seeds or plants, and guiding participants in the garden for youth classes. Requirements: All volunteers must sign our garden safety rules, regulations, and guidelines form for volunteering in the garden. All volunteers are required to wear a mask at all times and follow all Covid-19 rules and guidelines. All volunteers participating in this volunteer opportunity should adhere to the health and safety guidelines outlined here: https://www.laworks.com/health-and-safety By clicking “express interest,” I acknowledge that I am aware and understand that I am being referred to Activities that are coordinated and managed by a third party Agency or Organization and that L.A. Works has no jurisdiction, control, or oversight over these Activities. The Activities may be inherently dangerous and may expose me to a variety of foreseen and unforeseen hazards and risks including exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). The Activities may involve a degree of contact with clients who need assistance and other volunteers who may be carriers of COVID-19 and that personal protective equipment may not be available for my use and/or effective against preventing transmission of COVID-19 whether as a result of my own actions or otherwise. By clicking “express interest,” I acknowledge that I am voluntarily participating in the Activities and have considered those risks. I hereby expressly and specifically assume such risks, including any and all risk of injury, illness, harm, or loss that I may incur as a result of my participation in the Activities. I hereby fully and forever release and discharge L.A. Works from, and expressly waive, any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, that may arise from my participation in the Activities.

Los Angeles, CA

Hands-On Environmental Internship

Quick Overview: Passionate about the environment? Join us in keeping Central and South Los Angeles beautiful! The Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) is one of the leading organizations that plants trees in the City of Los Angeles and we can use your help! We believe that our dedication and support of inspired community actions is the most effective way to achieve meaningful and sustainable environmental change. Our internship program is a great way for those who are interested in the inner workings of urban forestry. Impact: Koreatown is one of the least green and most densely populated urban neighborhoods in the United States. We have limited park and recreational space, with few healthy and mature trees. We believe that our dedication and support of inspired community actions is the most effective way to achieve meaningful and sustainable environmental change. Our Environmental Services provide training and resources for residents to beautify their neighborhood, to increase open space for families and to grow tree-lined streets in Los Angeles. In just one year, we planted over 1,100 trees in Central and South LA and removed over 1.3 million square feet of graffiti. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Engage and cultivate relationships with community members to support KYCC's free tree programs Provide administrative support for our tree adoption program from start to finish, including outreach through social media campaigns, constituent communications, data tracking, delivery and maintenance This internship includes a mix of remote and in-person hours. Requirements: Interns must be at least 21 years old Bilingual Spanish or Korean required Interns must a high school diploma or GED Must be able to commit to at least 8 hours per week, for a minimum of 3 months Additional Information: Cleanups occur on weekend mornings from 8 am to noon.

Los Angeles, CA