Los Angeles County adopts new sustainability planSebastian Cazares August 7, 2019 0 COMMENTS
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the OurCounty Sustainability Plan, a countywide sustainability plan, on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
The plan, drafted over the course of two years with the help of nearly 1,000 community and expert stakeholders from across the county, sets forth an ambitious agenda that looks to transform the region in the years and decades ahead.
The plan aims to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement by creating a fossil-fuel-free Los Angeles County within the next three decades, focusing specifically on communities that have been disproportionately affected by environmental pollution.
“At its heart, this plan is both a call to action and a commitment to future generations,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who, with Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, sponsored the motion to create the county’s Chief Sustainability Office, which led to the development of the plan. “This is our unequivocal statement that climate change is real, and that our County will not stand around waiting for the federal government to wake up and create the policies and programs needed to address it.”
The OurCounty plan seeks to confront a wide range of environmental, social and economic challenges.
“The OurCounty Sustainability Plan charts a path forward to not only confront climate change and pollution, but to do so in ways that also address other challenges, like traffic, the housing affordability crisis, and longstanding inequality,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said. “We don’t have to choose between clean air and good jobs, or between investing in a greener economy and an economy that works for everyone, or even between preserving local ecosystems and building abundant housing that our residents can afford. These false choices force us to think small when the real solutions are so much bigger.”
The OurCounty plan’s goals and milestones include powering unincorporated areas and county facilities with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025, diverting more than 95 percent of waste from landfills, developing land-use tools to limit new development in high climate-hazard areas, phasing out single-use plastic by 2025 and supporting the construction of more than half a million affordable housing units by 2045.
The county will be collaborating with municipal and regional bodies to implement the sustainability plan.
“Our future depends not just on the county’s actions, but also on the 88 cities of Los Angeles County stepping up to the plate to collectively help achieve the strategic plan’s vision for sustainability,” Chief Sustainability Office Chief Executive Officer Sachi A. Hamai said. “We look forward to building and growing these partnerships as we work toward common goals on behalf of all the communities we serve.”
This information was provided to The Santa Clarita Valley Proclaimer in a press release.
Sebastian Cazares is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and student at College of the Canyons. He was heavily involved in Speech, Model UN, Rotary Club and journalism during his high school years. Sebastian is deeply interested in local politics and excited to report on the issues that impact his community.