Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council Member Bill Hopkins Honored as Environmental Citizen Of The Year by North Valley Coalition

Bill Hopkins’ list of civic engagements reads better than a college applicant’s resume: he is the elected Emergency Preparedness (EP) Chair of his Neighborhood Council, a charter member of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s and Bureau of Sanitation’s Recycled Water Advisory Group, and a regular face at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill Community Advisory Council meetings to address the multitude of landfill issues affecting the health and welfare of the local community.

But Bill has done more than just show up at meetings. As a strong advocate for solar electrical power and alternative energy production, he’s walking the talk. He installed solar electrical panels on his home 10 years ago, diverted all downspouts to beneficially use rainwater, replaced a thirsty lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping, and drives an all-electric vehicle.

That’s why North Valley Coalition of Concerned Citizens selected Bill Hopkins of Granada Hills as the recipient of their Environmental Citizen of the Year award for 2013, recognizing his support for environmental issues and his efforts promoting Emergency Preparedness in the community.

Bill continues to help the community prepare for the next major disaster by bringing speakers to monthly Emergency Preparedness meetings, presenting the Map Your Neighborhood program to help residents prepare their immediate neighbors for disasters, and coordinating the Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair.

You may have seen Bill speaking on Emergency Preparedness at one of our Leadership Academies. You’ll also find him at the Granada Hills Street Parade on December 8, starting at 1:30 pm. He’ll be the one riding in the 1923 Ford Model T antique automobile. See below for details.

Bill’s story shows the important role played by Neighborhood Council stakeholders in emergency preparedness and environmental protection, from organizing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to creating disaster preparedness brochures for their neighborhoods to issuing Community Impact Statements on the latest environmental issue in the City Council.

Hard-working and innovative Neighborhood Councils don’t make Los Angeles just a better city. They make it a safer, greener, and more engaged city for all of our communities.

We applaud Bill Hopkins and look forward to posting more great stories about the accomplishments of our NCs in our next newsletter. Don’t forget to share your stories with us!

If you’re in the Granada Hills area and want to get more involved with Emergency Preparedness, regular EP meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm, at 11139 Woodley Avenue, Granada Hills.

For parade information, contact the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce at (818) 368-3235, email@granadachamber.com, or web: granadachamber.com.