LEAP LAB is a network of science centers that model self-reliance to build thriving communities.
With a focus on community resilience through economic development, we're building a new nature and science center. Located in proximity to dinosaur-rich fossil beds, it serves as a basecamp for expeditions to understand patterns in extinctions across time. This center is committed to community resilience through economic
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
Here we partner with schools and organizations to demonstrate self-reliance, teach sustainability, with a focus on food security. Our primary project is our first Leap Lab LA site in the center of a middle school urban farm in Watts, where we partner with Community Healing Gardens to serve the community.
Ft. Pierce, FLORIDA
Food security is a priority, prompting the development of a network of community and school gardens. Soon it will be home for a resilience hub and science center
for the community.
FOOD AND WATER SECURITY FOR EVERYONE.
What will you plant today for tomorrow? Food, water and agriculture, home and community gardening. The methods by which we grow, transport, package, and distribute food have profound social and environmental impacts. We promote local food production that enhances rather than inhibits healthy food, reduce chemicals dependency common to mass farming practices, and embraces the nutrient cycle with large-scale composting.
BUILD NEIGHBORHOODS, NOT WALLS.
Building community, shelter for all, off the grid living and 21st century design ready homes. By prioritizing community connectivity, people are driven to simplicity and minimalism. This ideal, coupled with new technologies, is transforming living space into efficient use and control of lighting, temperature, energy and water use, space, network connectivity and architectural design.
CLEAN ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION.
Efficient means of power generation and transportation that rely on renewable resources reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, contributing to cleaner communities, and reduce our exploitation of other nations for energy reserves.
LEAVE HALF FOR OTHER LIFE.
Wild space must accompany built space for our own survival. Locally, this begins with securing a rich biodiversity, creating space for other live to thrive, and opportunities for us to engage. Globally, his means we set aside half of the planet for other life.
The biosphere theme of Leap Lab is about Biophila, a term describing the human affinity for other living things, from a walk in the woods, companionship with domestic animals, to the ecosystem services nature provides for our sustenance. Understanding biophilic relationships between nature and human existence, science and society, will help define the complexity of human needs and conservation goals.
Here we tackle preserving and rebuilding natural space, ending human-caused extinctions, and create opportunities for the public to understand and explore natural history and conservation.
GLOBALIZE IDEAS, NOT STUFF.
The linear economy from extraction to consumption and pollution is creating mountains of trash in 1000's of communities worldwide. By transitioning to a circular economy, we eliminate waste. We do this by rethinking products and packaging in the linear economy, and reinventing the alternative in the circular economy. Zero Waste practices happing on the ground globally are making that shift happen.
OUR PARTNER :
The mission of The 5 Gyres Institute is to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, education, and adventure. Leap Lab directly supports the "Nix the 6" campaign.
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CLEAN WATER IS A RIGHT
Access to clean water is a human right. It cannot be a commodity held from those in need. The natural water cycle captures water that flows through us and the entire ecosystem to return as rain. Ecosystem services depend on the unbroken water cycle.
But much of our old urban infrastructure is designed to move water quickly from our cities into local waterbodies and the ocean, often loaded with heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants. Concrete tunnels and paved stream beds flow past our diminishing water tables, and agriculture runoff feed excess nutrients to aquatic systems, deoxygenating them.
Therefore, to ensure clean water and the security of inexhaustible access for everyone, our communities embrace natural water cycles, replenishing our the water table through capture, clean and sinking it into the ground for endless reuse.