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As the City of Los Angeles continues to grow, it is incumbent upon is to ensure that we do in an environmentally sustainable manner. Our vision for our City is to transform Los Angeles into the cleanest and greenest big city in the country. The way the City conducts its day-to-day operations, develops policies and procedures and engages all Angelenos will demonstrate to the world that the City of Los Angeles is a global city where environmental sustainability and economic prosperity can coexist. We can lead in advancing environmental stewardship practices, including energy and water efficiency and procurement practices, by implementing an aggressive green building program and by promoting creative technology and dedicating resources to innovation.

Links

City of Los Angeles Official Site

Contact Information

beth.jines@lacity.org

Certification Status

Certification is awarded when cities complete at least one (Silver), two (Gold) or all three (Platinum) activities in their Action Plan in each of the 10 challenge areas and upon peer review by other participating cities. Los Angeles’ self-reported progress in each challenge area is shown below.

In Progress ENERGY EFFICIENCY & CONSERVATION In Progress WATER & WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
In Progress GREEN BUILDING In Progress WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING
In Progress CLIMATE-FRIENDLY PURCHASING In Progress RENEWABLE ENERGY & LOW-CARBON FUELS
In Progress EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION In Progress LAND USE & COMMUNITY DESIGN
In Progress URBAN FORESTRY & CARBON OFFSETS In Progress PROMOTING COMMUNITY & INDIVIDUAL ACTION

Action Plan

Energy Efficiency & Conservation
Silver

LED Street Light Project
The Street Lighting Green Initiative will replace 140,000 existing modern streetlight fixtures in the City with LED units in order to save energy by a minimum of 40%, and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 40,500 tons per year. 20,000 installed by June 2010. Final completion of 140,000 is scheduled for June 2014.

2010 - 2014
Gold

Solar Street Lighting Project
The Bureau of Street Lighting is currently utilizing solar streetlights for pedestrian ways including bus stop and bikeways that provide sufficient lighting but are not connected to the electric grid (200+ units installed to date).

Replacement of Incandescent Street Lamps
The Bureau of Street Lighting is replacing all incandescent street lamps with induction or LED units. The City has approximately 7000 units left in the system that are slated for replacement.

Ongoing
Platinum

City Facility Energy Efficiency Improvements
Program to install energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors in City Buildings. Phase I: 100 facilities;
General Service Dept.

DC Tillman Solar Program
Bureau of Sanitation will be adding 25,935 sq feet of solar panels to roof tops at the Donald C Tillman Wastewater Treatment Plant which will result in 572,810 KWh per year of green electricity.
Bureau of Sanitation


2010 - 2011
Water & Wastewater Systems
Silver

Securing LA’s Water Supply Program
Increase water recycling 6-fold, raise awareness and incentivize the public to conserve water, enforce prohibited uses of water. In total this program will conserve or recycle 32.6 billion gallons of water per year.
Water & Power, Bureau of Sanitation

2010 - 2030
Gold

Conservation Rebates and Incentives
Continue to create and/or increase incentives and rebates to promote the use of high efficiency water devices and smart irrigation controllers.
Water & Power

2010 - 2030
Platinum

Water Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) and Recycled Water Outreach
Continue IRP stakeholder outreach to promote water conservation, reuse, and stormwater capture/ treatment and/or reuse. Continue Recycled Water outreach through community meetings and dialogue to increase public knowledge and support for recycled water use and potential projects.
Bureau of Sanitation

2010 - 2030
Green Building
Silver

Green Building Program
Reduce LA’s buildings carbon emission by 80,000 tons by setting both requirements and incentives to meet LEED building standards. Creation of a cross-department Sustainability Team to review and revise green building projects. Push DWP’s incentive program for projects that meet green building standards.
Building and Safety, Planning

2008 - 2012
Gold

Green Roofs
Place a green roof on City Hall to promote green roofs in the City of Los Angeles. This will also provide an educational opportunity for all visitors to City Hall on green roofs and the benefits they have to our environment.
General Services

2011
Platinum

EECBG leveraged Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds Funding to retrofit 200 hundred City buildings and facilities.
General Services, Office of the Mayor

2010 - 2011
Waste Reduction & Recycling
Silver

Recycling Program
Implement a Citywide Construction & Demolition program that will require all haulers to recycle mixed materials and divert over 200,000 tons per year from landfill disposal.
Bureau of Sanitation

Construction Waste Recycling
Contracts in place for full compliance with State requirement of 70% or greater construction debris and waste recycling before 2020.
General Services

2010 (Recycling Program); 2010 - 2020 (Construction Waste Recycling)
Gold

Solid Waste Integrated Resource Plan
Make Los Angeles a zero waste city by changing the systems of product creation, use, and disposal.
Bureau of Sanitation

2010 - 2030
Platinum

LAUSD Recycling Program
Promote recycling to 750 LAUSD schools by giving free blue bin service and informing the youth on waste reduction and recycling.
Bureau of Sanitation

2010
Climate-Friendly Purchasing
Silver

EPP Purchaser Outreach
The City will conduct training and information sessions on best practices for buying environmentally preferable products. These sessions will be in accordance with the already implemented recycling courses.
Bureau of Sanitation

2010
Gold

EPP Implementation Team
Create an interdepartmental team to promote policy implementation, track policy adherence, and suggest additional items to be included in the City’s EPP program.
Bureau of Sanitation, General Services

2011
Platinum

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
Implement Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Ordinance that establishes standards for environmentally preferable products and requires City purchases to meet such standards.
General Services

2008 - Ongoing
Renewable Energy & Low-Carbon Fuels
Silver

Renewable Energy Improvements
Increase Los Angeles’ use of clean and renewable energy from 10% to 40% by creating more solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy.
Water and Power

2010
Gold

Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck Program
Reduce truck pollution in the port by 80%. This will be completed by placing a ban on trucks that do not meet the Federal Clean Truck Emissions Standard.
Port of Los Angeles

2009 - 2012
Platinum

Alternative Fuel Vehicles for City’s Fleet
Expand the number of alternative fuel vehicles in the City’s fleet as vehicles are scheduled for replacement. For new or replacement vehicles, the City will only purchase the cleanest vehicles available on the market.
General Services, Police, Fire, Port, Airport
Digester Gas Reuse Program
The Digester Gas Utilization Project at Hyperion Treatment Plant will convert 7 million standard cubic feet per day of digester gas into at least 140 GigaWatt-hours per year of green energy. This will meet about 70 – 80% of the energy needs of Hyperion Wastewater Treatment plant.
Bureau of Sanitation

2010 - 2015
Efficient Transportation
Silver

ATSAC – Traffic Control

2000
Gold

Sustainability Goals as an Element of the General Plan
(Implementation of SB 375)
Office of the Mayor, Planning

2010 - 2012
Platinum

30/10
Expand various public transportation lines throughout Los Angeles in 10 years, rather than 30. This project covers the expansion of: orange line, green line, Westside subway, West Santa Ana transit corridor, Crenshaw/LAX, East San Fernando Valley, San Fernando Valley I-405 corridor, Gold line.
Transportation

2010 - 2019
Land Use & Community Design
Silver

LA River
Increase public accessibility to the Los Angeles River, make the river a public space open to all for recreational use, and enhance the environmental condition of the river.
Office of the Mayor, Bureau of Engineering

Ongoing
Gold

Parks
Build 20 more parks.
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood Greenways
Redesign and build Neighborhood Greenways using techniques to capture and infiltrate rainwater and runoff at each property along the Street and will result in the reduction of millions of gallons of urban runoff and rain water. Current projects include Elmer and Riverdale Streets.
Public Works
Develop LEED Community Plan for the Arroyo Seco
Planning

2010 (Neighborhood Greenways); 2011 (Parks & Develop LEED Community Plan for the Arroyo Seco)
Platinum

LA Stream Ordinance
Adopt a Stream Protection Ordinance to protect the water courses, watersheds and habitats from development or mitigate to protect the water resource. This includes guidelines and regulations to homes with onsite wastewater treatment systems to ensure that impacts to adjacent streams are eliminated.
Bureau of Sanitation, Planning

2012
Urban Forestry & Carbon Offsets
Silver

Fruit Tree Adoptions
The Mayor’s Office, in partnership with Community Recycling, Community Based Organizations and Home Depot is offering LA residents fruit trees if they attend a tree adoption event at Home Depot. A minimum of two hundred trees are available each month.
Office of the Mayor

2010
Gold

Residential Tree Planting Program
The Department of Water and Power is offering every residential homeowner up to seven 5-gallon trees at no cost. Each homeowner completes a short training on how to select the types of trees best suited to their home environment, where to plant the trees for maximum energy benefits, and how to care for the trees.
Water and Power

2010
Platinum

Branching Out
The Public Works Department will plant 3,000 trees along major transportation hubs to filter air contaminants and provide cooling to some of the hottest areas of the City.
Bureau of Sanitation

2010 - 2013
Promoting Community & Individual Action
Silver

Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability
Developing a regional climate inventory and regional Climate Change and Adaption Plans.
Green Business Certification Program
Develop and implement a Green Business Certification Program will recognize green businesses that comply with all environmental regulations and take steps to conserve natural resources, prevent pollution, and reduce waste.
Bureau of Sanitation

2007 - 2020
Gold

Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance
The City of LA’s Low Impact Development (LID) ordinance is moving forward and the Bureau of Sanitation will ensure its landmark LID guidelines best serve the community. In a unique and transparent effort, the LA Stormwater Program will be coordinating the efforts of public officials, stakeholders, private industry and the general citizenry in the development of a LID Handbook.
Bureau of Sanitation

2010
Platinum

Stormwater Program – General Public Outreach
The City of Los Angeles Stormwater Public Education Program is a pollutant-specific outreach effort, designed to reach polluters through a variety of outlets with similar messages – to ensure exposure and increase behavior change. Within this integrated outreach program, each outreach activity supports the others – building a web of public education reaching target audiences with pollution prevention tips.
Bureau of Sanitation

2010