Lead by Example


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

The City of Los Angeles has long been a leader on environmental, economic, and social equity issues. When the City leads by example, we not only inspire 4 million Angelenos, we help set the bar for cities near and far to take action. The pLAn lays out leadership goals in energy efficiency, water conservation, greenhouse gas reduction and more. One such example is the pLAn outcome to have 50% or more of all annual fleet procurement be pure battery EVs, which has created a wave of collaboration throughout the City as well as with other cities across the nation.

Progress on 2017 Outcomes

Reduce water use at city facilities and proprietary departments by 20%

City and proprietary departments have reduced water consumption by 25% at their facilities, exceeding the 2017 target by 5%. This also meets early the 2025 25% water reduction target.

Ensure that 50% of the City’s light-duty vehicle purchases are EVs, and analyze conversion of other vehicle types to EVs

The City met the purchasing goal of 50%— the nation’s most aggressive EV procurement target— in the current and previous fiscal years, bringing our total current BEV and PHEV count to more than 300.

Be a Top 10 city as rated by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The City has made big strides on a wide range of energy efficiency efforts with facilities as well as city-wide. Initial indications show that Los Angeles will continue improving its rating in the next ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

Establish a pLAn working group of key City departments, business leaders, local universities and major stakeholders

The Sustainable L.A. Leadership Council will be co-chaired by Mayor Garcetti and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, and first convened in April 2017.

Achieve 4-STAR Community rating

The City has begun the data collection needed to complete the STAR Community certification and rating.

Create a city-to-city partnership in L.A. County to establish a baseline sustainable city plan for adoption

L.A. County hired its first-ever chief sustainability officer, Gary Gero, in October 2016. Regular collaboration between the City and County is underway as the County develops its first-comprehensive sustainablity plan, and engages in discussions with other cities on partnership opportunities.



Where L.A. Is Leading

L.A. has the largest municipal battery electric vehicle fleet of any U.S. city.

With 150 battery electric vehicles, LAPD has the largest EV police force in the nation.

Feature Story

The DASH Toward Clean Bus Leadership

In January, the L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT) rolled out the first of four new zero-emission fully electric buses that will be joining the DASH Transit fleet in 2017. Customers can ride the initial 35-foot electric bus on the DASH Downtown A line. With a range of up to 150 miles on a single charge, the new bus represents a 90 percent emissions decrease and a $16,000 annual savings in gas and maintenance costs compared to a diesel bus.

The addition of pure electric buses is in line with LADOT’s long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability. It also demonstrates how the City’s actions to green its fleet can benefit the regional economy and local jobs, while helping the EV sector grow.

These buses are manufactured in northern L.A. County by BYD at its Lancaster, California factory. Funding for the buses came from a California Energy Commission grant, a great example of Los Angeles working with State partners to test and deploy cutting-edge clean technologies.


“LADOT Transit continues to be a source of innovation and inspiration for Los Angeles County. We are adding the cleanest technology available in public transit to our fleet of 400 vehicles to continue to thank our riders for choosing to ride LADOT Transit.”

Seleta Reynolds
General Manager,
L.A. Department of Transportation

13,000 New LED Lights Help Green City Hall

City Hall’s 13,000 fluorescent lamps have been swapped out with energy-efficient LED bulbs, reducing electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions. This lighting conversion will save 1.42 million kilowatt-hours annually, the equivalent of powering 200 homes each year.


City Wins

Aiming High with Infrastructure

The City’s Bureau of Engineering, together with L.A. County, is adopting an Envision rating certification policy for its infrastructure projects. A motion was introduced in October and went to full-council hearing in November 2016. Envision is a 60-point sustainable infrastructure rating system and best-practice resource developed by Harvard University and the non-profit Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Central Library Steps Up Citizenship Advocacy

Some 34,000 Angelenos received citizenship and workforce development services through the L.A. Public Library’s 2,708 related programs. The library’s Path to Citizenship is a national model and a key component of L.A.’s Cities for Citizenship partnership with New York and Chicago. Besides launching the robust WorkSource@Central Library portal, staff personally assisted 1,700 job seekers and enrolled 112 people in JobsLA.org.

Charging Forward with an EV Fleet

The City continued its push for more EVs in 2016. The L.A. Police Department now has 150 battery electric vehicles, and the L.A. Department of Water and Power added 45 EVs, with plans for 115 more in 2017. Electric cars went into service in the City’s motor pool and executive fleets, and Parking Enforcement and the Information Technology Agency both launched EV pilot programs.


Partner Wins

Smart Tech for Historic Houses

The City’s General Services Department is testing innovative nano-coating technologies that promote energy efficiency and limit the slow release of volatile organic chemicals, or “off-gassing.” Nano-coating could be particularly useful for insulation of single- pane windows in historic buildings, which frequently are restricted from upgrading to more efficient double-pane glass.

City Hall Gets Re-Lamped

City Hall’s 13,000 lights got swapped out for efficient LEDs in a conversion project carried out by the General Services Department last October. Switching to LEDs, which use half the energy of conventional fluorescent lamps, we will save an estimated 1.42 million kilowatt- hours annually. That’s enough electricity to power 200 single-family homes.

Recycled Water’s on the Way

In December 2016, the LADWP Commission approved the final environmental impact report for the L.A. Groundwater Replenishment Project. When implemented, it will funnel 30 million gallons a day of purified, recycled water from the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Facility to the San Fernando Groundwater Basin, advancing the City’s goals of doubling local groundwater use and sourcing 50 percent of water locally.