Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has unveiled L.A.’s Green New Deal. This four-year update to the city’s original sustainability plan, released in 2015, expands and accelerates the city’s climate action goals.
The plan accelerates targets to ensure 55% of L.A.’s energy is renewable by 2025 and 100% by 2045; increase the percentage of zero-emissions vehicles in the city to 25% by 2025 and 100% by 2050; convert all city fleet vehicles to zero emissions by 2028; ensure all new buildings are emissions-free by 2030; and ensure 57% of new housing units are built within 1,500 feet of transit by 2025. [...]
“The scale of our ambitions must meet the magnitude of this crisis. So we are doubling down with L.A.’s Green New Deal [...],” Garcetti wrote in the document. [...]
One of the elements that makes L.A.’s sustainability plan stand out from other cities’ is the emphasis it puts on equity. Researchers increasingly have warned city leaders that low-income neighborhoods bear a disproportionate share of environmental burden, an idea reiterated in a report from Yale last year. Low-income areas often have less access to transportation, less green space and more carbon-producing infrastructure such as major road thoroughfares and industrial areas.
Implementing upgrades to improve [environmental] friendliness — such as converting residences to renewable energy or purchasing an electric vehicle — is often cost prohibitive for low-income residents. Prioritizing communities that bear the brunt of climate change puts L.A. on a path to equity with its climate action goals.
“Los Angeles releases its own ‘Green New Deal’ ”, Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, 2019.
“What is the ‘Green New Deal’?”, The Washington Post, 2018.