LOS ANGELES (April 8, 2015) — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced a comprehensive plan to address environmental, economic, and equity challenges across key aspects of life in the City of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Sustainability Plan proposes solutions in 15 target areas, including climate change, air quality, drought and local water issues, urban growth, and environmental justice.
The Natural Resources Defense Council will work closely with the city to adopt plan goals related to water, energy efficiency, mobility and transit, zero waste, and urban ecosystems.
Following is a statement by the NRDC’s Western Director Joel Reynolds:
“For years, living sustainably in the urban environment has been given more lip service than action. So it’s encouraging that Los Angeles – the second-most populous city in the country – wants to lead by example. It’s critical that we become more sustainable in all sectors, and it’s reassuring that the mayor is making sustainability a priority for his administration.
“Today’s plan promises all of us who live here a future with less waste, more green space, greater energy efficiency, safer and more accessible transit, and a more reliable water supply. Of course, there’s always more work to be done to ensure a cleaner, greener future. But we’re encouraged by the Mayor’s clearly articulated goals, and we look forward to working together to make this vision the new reality in Los Angeles.”
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