L.A.’s Green New Deal

The City of Los Angeles has released its 2019 Sustainability Plan, which states that the “battle against climate change [is] a moral imperative, an environmental emergency, and an economic opportunity”. The plan aims to “lead the world toward a low-carbon, green-energy future”. In the report, Mayor Eric Garcetti highlights that “defeating climate change will demand every ounce of Angelenos’ trademark energy, creativity, determination, and drive — and we have to act now”.

The deal is built on four key principles.

  1. A commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and to act urgently with a scientifically-driven strategy for achieving a zero carbon grid, zero carbon transportation, zero carbon buildings, zero waste, and zero wasted water.

  2. A responsibility to deliver environmental justice and equity through an inclusive economy, producing results at the community level, guided by communities themselves.

  3. A duty to ensure that every Angeleno has the ability to join the green economy, creating pipelines to good paying, green jobs and a just transition in a changing work environment.

  4. A resolve to demonstrate the art of the possible and lead the way, walking the walk and using the City’s resources - our people and our budget - to drive change.

The deal aims to reach the following targets:

  • 400,000 green jobs by 2050

  • 100% renewable energy by 2045

  • 100% electric public transport by 2030

  • 100% fo waste water recycled by 2035

  • 90,000 trees planted by 2021

  • 70% of water sourced locally by 2035

  • 100% of waste diverted from landfill by 2050

  • Emissions free buildings by 2050

  • 100% net zero by 2050

“As Mayor, it is my mandate to create a more livable city, but it is my calling to create a more livable world. Combating climate change meets both responsibilities”, said Mayor Garcetti.

For the full report, click here.

Sonja Duncan