3rd Annual Report

Read about our progress in implementing the pLAn below. Click here to see our 2017 Sustainability Highlights at a Glance. You can view the status of all of our near-term outcomes here, and download the full PDF of the 3rd Annual report here.

L.A. assessed its community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2013-2016 following the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GPC), an internationally recognized GHG accounting and reporting standard for cities. The inventory covers emissions from the energy, transportation, and waste sectors.

In 2016 alone, city-wide GHG emissions decreased 11%, which is equivalent to taking 737,000 cars off the road. At the same time, L.A.’s population continues to increase and our economy continues to grow. Our per capita emissions are currently 6.7 metric tons CO2e – about one-third of the national average – and are on track with the goals for cities to achieve the Paris Agreement.

Much of the decline in emissions in the last year was due to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) increasingly cleaner energy mix. From 2015 to 2016, LADWP decreased the percentage of its coal-generated electricity from 37% to 19% and increased renewables from 21% to 29%.

Notably, L.A. experienced a drop in emissions from energy used to move and provide water to Angelenos. From 2015 to 2016, these emissions declined by 29%. Although emissions related to water consumption make up a small percentage of total community-wide GHGs (0.7%), they are important to monitor as we transform our water system and move towards water independence.

$35 Million for Watts Community Revitalization

On January 29, 2018 the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) announced that the Watts Rising Collaborative’s proposal was selected to receive $35 million in state funding from the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) grant program. The Watts Rising Collaborative is comprised of 16 co-applicant organizations led by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). Owing to significant community engagement undertaken to develop the proposal,the project includes construction of 81 affordable housing units for the Phase 2A of the Jordan Downs redevelopment, opening nine acres of green space and about 165,000 square feet for retail, as well as an expansion of “Safe Passage Program” to improve safety for children walking to school. It also includes urban greening, active transportation improvements, energy efficiency retrofits to multi-family homes, and 150 solar installations on single family homes.

Photo: Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

The project will electrify ten DASH buses serving Watts and will launch an electric vehicle car sharing and shuttle program to serve the community. The new programs will be supported by a workforce development plan and displacement avoidance plan to ensure that the benefits of the TCC grant are fully enjoyed by Watts residents.

Mayor Garcetti a Founding Signatory to C40’s Fossil Fuel Free Streets Declaration

On October 23, 2017 Mayor Garcetti and 11 other C40 mayors signed the Fossil Fuel Free Streets Declaration, pledging to procure only zero-emission buses by 2025 and ensure that a major area of the city is zero emission by 2030. These commitments will serve as market signals to accelerate the shift to a decarbonized transportation sector – the fastest growing source of emissions in cities – and will propel L.A. towards its goal of reducing emissions and improving air quality. The Mayor’s Office is working closely with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to deliver on this commitment. Both transit agencies have committed to electrifying their bus fleets by 2030. LADOT’s commitment was reinforced by a council motion introduced by Council members Mike Bonin and Jose Huizar and unanimously approved in November 2017. To further increase the benefits of bus electrification

Photo: Los Angeles Department of Transportation

to Angelenos, the motion was amended to include workforce development, prioritize the electrification of buses in disadvantaged communities with the poorest air quality, and integrate renewable energy into powering the electric buses.

402 U.S. Climate Mayors Commit to the Paris Climate Agreement

When President Trump announced his plans for the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement on June 1,2017, Mayor Garcetti led a coalition of 60 Climate Mayors in a statement denouncing his actions and committing to adopt the goals of the Agreement in their cities. One week later, the Climate Mayors network and signatories to the statement quadrupled in size to include 279 cities, across red and blue states. Today, 402 cities have committed to uphold the Paris Agreement, including the 10 largest cities in the U.S. The Climate Mayors network now spans across 47 states, representing nearly 70 million Americans.

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New Clean Air Action Plan Pushes Ports Towards a Zero-Emissions Future

In June 2017, Mayor Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Garcia came together to sign a joint declaration setting ambitious goals for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to make the transition to a zero-emission on-road drayage fleet by 2030 and zero-emission terminal equipment by 2035. These goals are incorporated into the joint Ports’ Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update, approved by the ports’ governing boards in November 2017 to provide high-level guidance for reaching zero-emission operations while strengthening the ports’ economic competitiveness. New in the 2017 CAAP are targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from port-related sources, 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by2050. Decreasing GHGs is expected to further lower diesel particulate matter (DPM), nitrogenoxide (NOx), and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions, the leading causes of poor air quality experienced by communities residing near the ports and along freight corridors.

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Significant in the 2017 CAAP is the commitment to reduce DPM emissions by 85 percent by 2020 and reduce NOx and SOx emissions by 59 percent and 93 percent, respectively, by 2023.

L.A. Breaks Ground on New Groundwater Treatment Project

On January 17, 2018 Mayor Garcetti broke ground on the North Hollywood West Wellhead Remediation Project (NHWWRP), a project to clean up and restore the use of groundwater for safe, high-quality drinking water in the San Fernando Valley and city at large. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) was awarded a $44.5 million Proposition 1 grant from the State Water Resources Control Board in January2018 to help fund this $92 million project which is slated to be complete by 2020. The NHWWRP, in combination with three other planned remediation projects in the San Fernando Valley, advances two key pLAn goals – reducing the purchase of imported water by 50 percent by 2025 and producing 50 percent of L.A.’s water locally by 2035. By facilitating the use of additional groundwater from the San Fernando Basin, this project also furthers the goals of increasing recycled water use and stormwater capture.

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L.A. Launches 100% Renewable Energy Study

In June 2017, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) launched a 100% Renewable Energy Study to determine what investments are needed to achieve a 100% renewable energy supply. The study was launched after Mayor Garcetti worked with City Council to adopt a motion directing LADWP to undertake the study and establish a working group including academics, policy makers, and technical advisers. LADWP has brought in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to conduct an economic and reliability analysis of options for reaching a 100% renewable energy supply. The 100% renewable energy study is the first of its kind for an electric grid as large and comprehensive as L.A.’s power system.

Photo: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

New Linkage Fee Will Help L.A. Increase Affordable Housing

On December 13, 2017 Mayor Garcetti signed into law the Affordable Housing Linkage Fee, which will help L.A. double its production and preservation of affordable housing, put incentives in place for more mixed-income developments, and create more than 900 well-paying jobs for Angelenos every year. Once fully implemented, the fee is expected to generate $100 million for affordable housing related efforts. Mayor Garcetti first proposed this iteration of the linkage fee in 2015 as part of his comprehensive housing strategy, which includes tripling the production of permanent supportive housing for the homeless, strengthening the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance, doubling the production and preservation of affordable housing, and permitting 100,000 units by 2021 through a robust development reform agenda. The fee is expected to help L.A. achieve its 2025 goal of reducing the number of rent-burdened households by 10 percent.

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L.A. Releases First-Ever Resilience Strategy

L.A. released its first-ever city-wide resilience strategy on March 2, 2018, Resilient Los Angeles, which charts a path towards a safer, more equitable, and prepared city. The strategy identifies actions that address L.A.’s greatest risks and protect the most vulnerable people, places, and systems, focusing on five primary themes: Leadership and Engagement; Disaster Preparedness and Recovery; Economic Security; Climate Adaptation; and Infrastructure Modernization. To prepare the city for the effects of climate change, the strategy highlights climate adaptation actions. Along with there lease of Resilient Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti also signed a historic executive directive that commits City departments to appoint Chief Resilience Officers who will take the lead in making L.A. stronger and safer. Meanwhile, the City is already beginning to manage some effects of climate change, particularly rising temperatures, through installation of cool pavement and cool roofs. The City has installed over 140,000 square feet of cool pavement and over 39 million square feet of cool roofs to combat urban heat.

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Exide Cleanup Continues to Move Forward

By marshalling city departments, the Mayor’s Office is working to ensure that residential cleanup occurs as efficiently and effectively as possible. This includes engaging the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Sanitation, and Bureau of Street Services to provide the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)with a traffic management plan that coordinates waste haul routes and lifts street parking restrictions in neighborhoods on cleanup days. In May 2017,City Council introduced a motion to ensure that the Departments of Building and Safety and City Planning report to Council with recommendations to ensure that relevant information and guidance about dust suppression and worker safety is provided to applicants for construction and demolition activities in areas of the City within the 1.7 mile radius of concern from the Exide Technologies facility. The City is also working closely with the Department of Water and Power to leverage their landscaping rebate for Boyle Heights residents to have additional landscaping options when their properties are remediated.

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L.A. and Paris Sign MOU on Olympic Cooperation

In October 2017, following the historic, simultaneous awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles, respectively, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Mayor Anne Hidalgo signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) on coordination and collaboration, particularly in three key areas – sustainability, inclusion, and innovation. Paris and L.A. committed that the 2024 and 2028 Games will offer exemplary and innovative approaches to energy and water efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and climate resilience, while creating new opportunities for residents and visitors and saving taxpayer dollars.

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Click on the tiles below to see the status of our 2017 Outcomes for each chapter.

Local Water

We lead the nation in water conservation and source the majority of our water locally.

Local Solar

We increase L.A.’s clean and resilient energy supplies by capturing the energy from our abundant sunshine.

Energy Efficient Buildings

We save money and energy by increasing the e ciency of our buildings.

Carbon & Climate Leadership

As a proactive leader on climate issues, we strengthen L.A.’s economy by dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Waste & Landfills

L.A. becomes the 1rst big city in the U.S. to achieve zero waste, and recycle and reuse most of its waste locally.

Housing & Development

We address L.A.'s housing shortage, ensure that most new units are accessible to high-quality transit, and close the gap between incomes and rents.

Mobility & Transit

We invest in rail, bus lines, pedestrian/bike safety, and complete neighborhoods that provide more mobility options.

Prosperity & Green Jobs

We strengthen and grow our economy including through increased green jobs and investments in clean technology sectors.

Preparedness & Resiliency

We are prepared for natural disasters, and we decrease our vulnerability to climate change.

Environmental Justice

We ensure that the bene ts of the pLAn extend to all Angelenos.

Urban Ecosystem

We all have access to parks and open space including a revitalized L.A. River watershed.

Livable Neighborhoods

We all live in safe, vibrant, well-connected and healthy neighborhoods.

Lead by Example

We have a municipal government that leads by example throughout every department in the City of Los Angeles.