Dear Sustainability friends and collaborators,
As 2020 has come to a close, team Sustainability would be remiss if we did not recognize the continued progress that was made to lay the groundwork for a brighter 2021. While this past year brought unprecedented challenges, we were inspired by the support and collaboration with so many of you, starting off the year with L.A.'s Green New Deal: Leading By Example, Mayor Garcetti's 25th Executive Directive. We know that we are stronger together — and through our collective efforts, we've been able to move resolutely through the COVID-19 pandemic and this Decade of Climate Action to address the immediate health crisis and combat the climate emergency.
I can't thank you enough — the community leaders, Departmental Chief Sustainability Officers, local business leaders and innovators, labor leaders, and concerned citizens — for your steadfast commitment to improving public health, building equity for our most vulnerable communities, and supporting an inclusive green economy through the work of L.A.'s Green New Deal. As we close out a year that has been full of darkness, we were energized and inspired by the bright spots made possible by your perseverance and commitment to climate action. We wish you and your family a safe and healthy new year, and are deeply grateful for your friendship, stewardship, and partnership in these trying times.
Lauren Faber O'Connor
Chief Sustainability Officer
February 10, 2020: Mayor Garcetti with the Sustainability team at Executive Directive 25 launch.
As the new Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, one of Mayor Garcetti's early acts was to establish the C40 Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, made up of 11 mayors representing every region of the world. The task force released a report in July that sets out a detailed agenda for delivering a sustainable, equitable recovery from COVID-19, including a call to action for national governments and international institutions to end all fossil fuel subsidies and affirm that the only stimulus should be a green stimulus. New research released in October quantifies the benefits of a green and just recovery compared to a return to business as usual.
The LADWP Board and L.A. City Council approved two historic renewable projects which together will add another 13% to L.A.'s renewable energy portfolio: Eland Solar and Storage Center and Red Cloud Wind Farm.
As part of the Operation NEXT partnership with LADWP, LASAN installed the Membrane Bioreactor Pilot Facility at Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant — the largest wastewater treatment plant west of the Mississippi River — which marks a key step of the 15-year journey to completely transform Los Angeles into a city with zero wasted water by 2035.
Metro installed their first bus charging platforms at the North Hollywood Station. It is the first of three new charging stations installed with the deployment of battery electric buses on the G (Orange) Line.
L.A. and partners received a $1.3M grant from NASA to combine their satellite data with new ground-based air pollution monitoring to better track, predict, and address air quality impacts in underserved communities in Los Angeles.
LADWP supported LAUSD's energy conservation program, completing direct installation lighting retrofits at 34 campuses during COVID-19. The District-wide program provides instant energy savings for the school and keeps work going safely while campuses are closed.
The Port of L.A. released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit innovative proposals to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission trucks at the Port. The RFI is a first step to increase funding and partners to advance the transition of all drayage trucks serving the San Pedro Bay port complex to zero emission by 2035.
In November, Mayor Garcetti and C40 launched the Cities Race to Zero campaign, an effort to recruit 1,000 cities to join the United Nations' Race to Zero by committing to setting and achieving science-based targets and implementing inclusive climate action in the lead up to COP26.
Sustainability Team with Departmental Chief Sustainability Officers in their December monthly meeting.
Icons: Electric buses by Bence Bezeredy from thenounproject.com; Bike Lane by Jamison Wieser from thenounproject.com; solar by Alice Design from thenounproject.com; School by Hat-Tech from thenounproject.com; Kids Playing Together by Gan Khoon Lay from thenounproject.com; Star by Marcel Boer from thenounproject.com; electric vehicle by jokokerto from thenounproject.com.