Environmental Justice: We set a goal to reduce the number of census tracts in the top 10% of CalEnviroScreen by 25% by 2025 and when a unique opportunity like the Transformative Climate Communities grant came about, we were ready. Through proactive engagement with local community groups and city departments, three exciting and worthy projects were put forward. The Watts Rising Collaborative was the successful candidate this year, with sixteen co-applicant organizations ranging from local non-profits, clean tech companies, and city departments led by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. By working together, they turned a $35 million grant into an over $203 million project that will revitalize the neighborhood, fight climate change, and improve the health of residents.
Clean electric grid: Last June LADWP convened the first meeting of the 100% Renewable Energy Advisory Group – including universities, non-profits, neighborhood councils, businesses, and the U.S. Department of Energy – to launch this unprecedented analysis of LA’s electric system. Our goal for this study is not “if” but “how” and so we have intentionally sought a diversity of expertise, backgrounds, and perspectives represented to help guide the study.
International Leadership: 2017 was marked by a surge in collaboration among Mayors and cities. With Mayor Garcetti’s leadership in adopting the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement, he helped invigorate now 402 Mayors around the country to do the same. As we assess our progress since the pLAn was launched, we are looking ahead at opportunities to stretch our ambition and make the pLAn a world leading example of what it means to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement. To deliver on its commitment, L.A. has teamed up with C40 to create one of the first Paris-compatible city sustainability plans which we will achieve through the Sustainable City pLAn refresh – a collaborative process to review pLAn goals, incorporate new goals, and include deep decarbonization pathways. The pLAn refresh is set to be completed by the first quarter of 2019 and stakeholder engagement is already underway.