Los Angeles' First Sustainable City pLAn
On April 8, 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti released L.A.’s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn. The pLAn is both a roadmap to achieve back to basics short-term results while setting the path to strengthen and transform our City in the decades to come. This pLAn sets the course for a cleaner environment and a stronger economy, with a commitment to equity as its foundation. The pLAn is made up of short term (by 2017) and longer term (by 2025 and 2035) targets in 14 categories that will advance our environment, economy and equity.
Adopt the pLAn
To reach the targets in the pLAn, the Mayor is calling upon organizations, universities, neighborhood councils, community groups, businesses, and individual Angelenos to commit to “Adopt the pLAn” into action. Since the release of the pLAn over 60 organizations, companies and individuals have made commitments to “Adopt the pLAn” into action.”
The pLAn One Year Later
To reach the targets in the pLAn, It has been one year since the release of the Sustainable City pLAn and we have already seen significant progress. Angelenos stepped up to the challenge and we have reduced water use by 19%, nearly achieving our goal of 20% water reduction a year ahead of time and continuing L.A.’s leadership as the most water efficient per capita of any big city in the U.S. We have exceeded our goal of 1,000 publicly available EV charging stations by 2017 ahead of time, making L.A. home to the most of any city in the country. We have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 20% since 1990. We were the first big U.S. city to raise the minimum wage to $15. The list of achievements continues, and the first annual report lays out our progress on outcomes and targets in the pLAn. While the progress is promising, we still have a lot to do and have also faced unexpected challenges. Much work remains on the pLAn outcomes we have set for 2017 and beyond. It is great that so many organizations and individuals have made commitments to “Adopt the pLAn.” This is only the beginning and we hope that you will make your own commitments to make Los Angeles the most sustainable city in the U.S.