Blueprint for 21st century Los Angeles drives record achievements — including over 20,000 green jobs and a 20 percent reduction in water use
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today released the second annual progress report on his Sustainable City pLAn, which shows early achievement of more than two-thirds of 2017 goals under the first comprehensive environmental plan in City history.
Mayor Garcetti introduced the pLAn in 2015 to guide Los Angeles toward an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, and equitable future for a city expected to grow by 500,000 residents over the next 20 years.
The pLAn laid out ambitious short term and long term targets in 14 categories related to the environment, economy, and equity — including water conservation, clean energy, waste, green jobs, transportation, and livability.
“My Sustainable City pLAn is delivering results, because creating the city and economy of the future begins with a vision and a comprehensive strategy — and we could not have achieved the gains of the past two years without this blueprint,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are a healthier and more prosperous city today because we set bold targets and held ourselves accountable for making progress that Angelenos can see and feel.”
Of the pLAn’s 2017 goals, over 90 percent are on track to be completed this year.
“The Sustainable City pLAn has unlocked collaboration between government, the private sector and innovative Angelenos, while creating jobs, advancing environmental justice, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Matt Petersen, the City’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “Mayor Garcetti’s leadership is creating a more sustainable Los Angeles, and we are bringing cities together across this country to fight climate change.”
Major accomplishments since the release of the pLAn include:
- Creating more than 20,000 green jobs while reducing the gap between the City and County’s unemployment rates, demonstrating that sustainability and prosperity go hand-in-hand
- Achieving a record 20 percent reduction in water use per capita, making L.A. the most water efficient big city in America — since 2014, L.A. has reduced enough water to fill over 90,000 Olympic swimming pools
- Installing enough solar in the last year to power over 12,000 homes, and leading American cities with 225MW of total installed solar power
- Adopting the most ambitious and comprehensive energy and water efficiency law for existing buildings of any U.S. city
- More than 80 percent of all City fleet procurements in the current budget year are electric vehicles — far exceeding the 2017 target of 50 percent, and giving L.A. the nation’s largest pure battery electric vehicle municipal fleet, as well as the largest electric vehicle police fleet
The pLAn was designed to hold L.A.’s government accountable, and established chief sustainability officers in the City’s 27 departments who are required to work toward specific goals. Progress in meeting those goals is used as a metric in the evaluation of each department head.
The City also took action in 2016 against pressing environmental challenges. The mayor signed the landmark ‘Clean Up Green Up’ ordinance, which provides new tools to fight pollution for the communities of Boyle Heights, Wilmington, and Pacoima. And to help address Angelenos’ concerns related to the Aliso Canyon methane leak disaster and the legacy of oil drilling across Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti appointed Uduak-Joe Ntuk to the role of petroleum administrator — the City’s first since the 1980s.
Los Angeles leads nationally on climate change. The Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), which Mayor Garcetti co-founded in 2014, now counts 75 members representing 41 million urban Americans. In a letter sent to then-President-Elect Trump in November, signed by 70 other MNCAA mayors, Mayor Garcetti reaffirmed cities’ commitment to tackling climate change and urged him to join their efforts. Recently, 30 MNCAA mayors released a Request for Information demonstrating demand for over 110,000 municipal vehicles that could be electrified.
The Mayor serves as Vice Chair of the international C40 Network, which connects 80 of the world’s megacities — representing 600 million urban dwellers and a quarter of the global economy — in sustainability efforts.
In December, Mayor Garcetti committed to exploring how L.A. can meet its share of the greenhouse gas reductions needed to reach the Paris Climate Agreement goal of a maximum 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming.
To read the full 2nd Annual Report or to download the Sustainable City pLAn, visit plan.lamayor.org.
Building on the progress made as L.A. becomes more sustainable, an updated version of the pLAn with revised and new goals is scheduled for release by early 2019.