Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

About the pLAn

Why create the pLAn?

​To ensure our bright future, we must protect what makes our city great: our incredible natural environment, our diverse economy, and the people that make our city thrive. Los Angeles is facing a “new normal” of challenges to our environment, economy, and equity, and we have responded by:

  • Developing strategies to address current and future climate change impacts on our neighborhoods, including persistent drought, extreme weather events, and increasing extreme heat days;
  • Preparing our city to be more resilient in the face of the “Big One,” doing all we can to protect our residents and our economic lifeblood; and
  • Delivering back-to-basics results that improve the quality of life for all Angelenos by breaking through barriers, creating new tools, and connecting the dots.


What the pLAn will do?

The Sustainable City pLAn is a roadmap for a Los Angeles that is environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, and equitable in opportunity for all – now and over the next 20 years. The pLAn focuses on both short-term results and long term goals that will transform our City. The pLAn provides a:

  • Vision for LA’s future: Presents a clear vision and details specific long-term outcomes to be achieved over the next two decades in 14 key aspects of our environment, our economy and our measures of social equity.
  • Pathway to short-term results that lay the foundation for long-term outcomes: Creates a set of near-term, back-to-basics outcomes by 2017 that create a foundation to achieve transformational change by 2025 and 2035.
  • Framework to build out policies: Lays out strategies and priority initiatives that will be developed and detailed to deliver the tangible outcomes in the pLAn.
  • Platform for collaboration: Creates a platform for collaboration to identify, create, and strengthen programs, policies, and partnerships that cut across bureaucratic boundaries to improve our city and neighborhoods.
  • Set of tools to help manage LA: Provides the Mayor with a set of tools (e.g., general manager performance reviews, creation of CSOs in key departments, etc.) to ensure implementation and empower the men and women who work for the City.
  • Dashboard of sustainability metrics to transparently measure progress: Identifies and tracks clear metrics to measure our progress and share how we — in city operations, and as Angelenos — are doing along with way.
  • Pathway for engaging our residents: Builds on leadership throughout Los Angeles, while providing Angelenos ways and opportunities to participate in creating tangible improvements to their lives, their neighborhoods, and the entire city.


How is the pLAn used by the Mayor?

As CEO of the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti – along with his Deputy Mayors and Chief Sustainability Officer – are utilizing and ensuring the success of the pLAn in the following ways:

  • General Manager (GM) reviews: Ensure accountability and alignment with the pLAn by incorporating pLAn progress and outcomes into GM’s annual performance reviews.
  • Chief Sustainability Officers in key departments: Appoint chief sustainability officers in key departments — including proprietary departments — that report directly to GMs to help deliver results, while having a “dotted line” to the Mayor’s CSO to work collaboratively across the City.
  • Regular written reports to the Mayor: Direct GMs to provide updates and regular written reports on progress — and challenges — in implementing the pLAn.
  • Budget priority setting: Use the pLAn to establish budget priorities for departments in the Mayor’s annual proposed budget, including by directing GMs to submit budget proposals to advance near- and long-term pLAn outcomes.
  • Metrics and open data: Demonstrate progress and transparency on a regular basis through reporting and open data.
  • Annual Report: Create an annual report on progress across the City of LA, along with incorporating lessons learned and innovations to evolve the pLAn annually as well as a major pLAn update every four years.