From Mayor Eric Garcetti <[email protected]>
Subject Our progress toward a Green New Deal
Date June 1, 2022 1:59 AM
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LA’s Green New Deal Update

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Mayor Garcetti alongside City leadership at the launch of the third Green New Deal report.
Hi ,

With fire on our hillsides and drought on our minds, Angelenos need no reminding that how we meet, mitigate and adapt to a rapidly warming climate is the task of our time.

With no time to waste, I launched L.A’s Green New Deal (GND) in 2019: An ambitious – and necessary – vision for the sustainable and equitable future our children deserve, and a plan of action to get us there.

The GND is guided by four principles:
1. Upholding the Paris Climate Agreement;
2. Delivering environmental justice and equity through an inclusive green economy;
3. Ensuring every Angeleno has the ability to join the green economy by creating pipelines to good paying jobs;
4. Leading by example within City government – showing the world what a GND looks like in practice.

Today I released the third – and final, as Mayor of Los Angeles – annual report of our progress towards a Green New Deal for L.A… and I could not be more proud of what we have already achieved together, and what’s still to come.

I want to share some of the highlights with you – demonstrating significant progress across our City’s main sources of emissions – and encourage you to read the full report. ([link removed])
* A huge reduction in greenhouse gas emissions: We’re pushing to reach 100% clean power by 2035 and our year-over-year emissions cuts have gone from 10% to 24% to – as of this report – 36% below 1990 levels. We are solidly on a path to a 100% clean power future and will be 97% clean power by 2030.
* The gold standard for green buildings: L.A. is – for the 10th time in a row! - recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as the #1 Energy Star City in the U.S. Los Angeles has allocated $30 million to kickstart our efforts to decarbonize our city buildings and passed our most sweeping measure yet to decarbonize all new buildings.
* #1 Solar City: Including the installation of 577 megawatts of local solar today, we have surpassed our already ambitious goal by 15%; and have been named the #1 Solar City in the U.S. for eight of the last nine years.
* A focus on Equity: With climate justice front of mind, we established the nation’s first Climate Emergency Mobilization Office (CEMO), are partnering with L.A. County on a Just Transition Task Force to support the job transition of displaced oil workers and created a $21 million Climate Equity Fund to support climate mitigation in disadvantaged communities.
* Leading on EVs: With the installation of 18,205 commercial EV chargers - exceeding the target by 8,205 – we have the largest public EV charging network of any city in the country.
* Cool homes, streets and parks: Our city has planted tens of thousands of trees in low canopy neighborhoods, covered 80 miles with cool pavement, and installed a total of 36,000 cool roofs – exceeding our target a year ahead of time.
* A national model in water conservation: In a time of extreme drought, we can be proud that in L.A. we use 54% less imported water than we did in 2013… that we have exceeded our stormwater capture capacity… and that thanks to our ambitious hyperion 2035 and operation next plans our wastewater plants will soon be able to treat billions of new gallons of water for drinking and irrigation.
* Energy efficiency: We’re investing $150 million in energy efficiency programs to renters and affordable housing customers, exceeding the milestone by $50 million.
* World Class Transport: And with Metro and LADOT, we are setting the pace when it comes to transport, creating and accelerating some of the most ambitious sustainability goals in the nation including the commitment to fully electrify Metro’s bus fleet by 2030 and LADOT’s fleet by 2028, expanding Metro Bike Share to 10 additional neighborhoods, expanding rail transit system with 15 new and expanded lines, fixing streets and freeways, and putting more than 777,800 people to work for decades to come.

And there’s more. Taken together, by 2050, the work and milestones of the L.A.’s Green New Deal are expected to save more than 1,650 lives, create 400,000 green jobs, and save $16 billion in healthcare expenses every year.

This represents one of the most aggressive sustainability agendas in the entire world.

These are not easy achievements, but your willingness to prioritize them has made them a reality. Now let’s keep it up.

With hope and determination,

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Eric Garcetti
Your Mayor
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