Los Angeles named winner of Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Garcetti was joined by UN Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg and Natural Resources Defense Council President Rhea Suh today to announce that Los Angeles has been named a winner in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge.

“Leadership on climate change has always come from cities, because our residents can’t afford the costs of inaction and the consequences of delay. So it’s up to us to look around the corner for them and take action now,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “With Bloomberg's generous investment, L.A. will be able to accelerate the bold commitments in our Sustainable City pLAn, uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, and continue to lead the world in clean energy innovation.”

As a winning city, Los Angeles will receive a support package valued at up to $2.5 million from Bloomberg, which includes new team members to facilitate the development and passage of policies and resources for training, analysis, and public engagement.

"The response to our Climate Challenge was overwhelming,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “Cities all across the country put forward thoughtful and innovative proposals. Selecting the ones with the most ambitious goals — and the most realistic plans for reaching them — was not easy. But Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and Portland all stood out, and we're glad to include them in the group of winners. With Washington asleep at the wheel, cities need to step up in the fight against climate change — and these cities are leading the way."

The support from Bloomberg Philanthropies will be used to pursue several of the City’s primary climate goals around emissions reduction and energy consumption, primarily through investments in sustainable transportation and a carbon-free building stock.

Specifically, the award will help achieve the following goals:

  • Moving toward a carbon-free building stock through policies, incentives, and training programs that promote more sustainable buildings;
  • Building out a network of transit projects by supporting the Twenty-Eight by 28’ initiative;
  • Increasing transit ridership by investing in local ridership initiatives, including the NextGen Bus Study;
  • Improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists through a myriad of street improvements; and
  • Planning a fossil fuel-free zone in the City.

The Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million dollar program to help 20 cities accelerate local efforts to combat climate change. As a part of the two-year program, Los Angeles will receive resources and support to help accelerate the commitments laid out in Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn and to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.