ECHO PARK -- Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell joined Mayor Eric Garcetti to launch Los Angeles’ first-ever Sustainability Plan to help better prepare Los Angeles for an increase in the City’s population over the next 20 years.
The plan lays out short and long term targets in the areas of environment, economy, and equity. The Mayor’s plan also contains goals for clean energy,local water production, waste reduction, green jobs creation, transportation, housing, and neighborhood livability.
"Los Angeles grew into one of the world's great cities because its residents and leaders dreamed, planned and then took action to build the metropolis we enjoy today. Now, it's our turn to lay a foundation to secure a brighter future for L.A. We expect at least 500,000 additional people to call our city home by 2035. Our first ever sustainability plan details actions we must take in the coming months and years to secure a future for L.A. that is environmentally healthy, economically prosperous and equitable in opportunity for us all," Mayor Garcetti said. "My back to basics approach is about making sure our city has the strong foundation it needs to soar to new heights."
The Mayor made the announcement at Echo Park Lake, one of the iconic landmarks in all of Los Angeles that was renovated using Prop O funds for clean water projects.
"Echo Park Lake is a testament to what voter driven initiatives such as 2004's Prop O can do to further the City's efforts to improve water quality and reduce pollution," said Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, chair of the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and the Los Angeles River Committee. "The park surrounding the lake is a functional green space in a dense urban environment. Thanks to the collaboration between the Council office, and City departments, we created a facility that Angelenos will enjoy for generations to come. I look forward to working with the Mayor and my Council colleagues in creating even more sustainable public spaces like the one here in the great 13th District."
After announcing the plan, Mayor Garcetti signed an executive directive incorporating the plan into city management, including appointing department-level Sustainability Officers who will work with the city's Chief Sustainability Officer within the Mayor's Administration to achieve the plan's goals.
Implementation of the plan will be coordinated across every city department, in accordance with the executive directive signed by Mayor Garcetti today. Progress made toward the goals laid out in the plan can be tracked by Angelenos on a special Sustainability segment of the Mayor's performance metrics dashboard at https://performance.lacity.org/sustainability.
The success of this initiative rides on the adoption and implementation of the details of the plan not only by City Departments but also by organizations and individual Angelenos who are being asked to “Adopt the Plan.” For more information about how to #AdoptThePlan into action, visit lamayor.org/sustainability.