Sustainable Little Tokyo is a community-driven initiative working to ensure a healthy, equitable, and culturally rich Little Tokyo for generations to come. What began as a robust community outreach and engagement effort in 2013 has turned into a neighborhood-generated framework dedicated to environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability.
A community-wide campaign led by the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC), Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), and Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), Sustainable Little Tokyo is committed to bringing this community-wide vision to life, while continuing to honor the neighborhood’s deep history as a center for Japanese-American communities and culture.
Mottainai is a familiar Japanese phrase expressing "What a Waste!" This all-encompassing concept can be interpreted as the 3 Rs—Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle—with a fourth R, Respect: Respect for the Earth, your community, yourself, and others.
Sustainable Little Tokyo is working to create a future for the neighborhood that: respects and promotes our Japanese American history and culture, retains a strong community fabric, sustains a robust economy with strong independent businesses, embraces green technologies.
Read the article from L.A. in Motion, “Envisioning Little Tokyo’s Future as a Cultural Ecodistrict” and watch this video: