Chief Sustainability Officers Speak to Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council

Center for Business Advocacy

January 14, 2020

The Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council hosted the Chief Sustainability Officers from the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles. In the special meeting, Lauren Faber O’Connor, from the Office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, explained the science-based approach to L.A.’s Green New Deal pLAn, which upholds and addresses the Paris Climate Accords. Faber O'Connor walked the Council through “L.A.'s 5 Zeros” and the plan’s call to reduce emissions everywhere and rapidly. These changes include: zero carbon grid, zero carbon buildings, zero carbon transportation, zero waste and zero wasted water. Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer at the County of Los Angeles, also spoke with the Council about the OurCounty Plan. After a brief walkthrough of the plan's history, he discussed how the County will implement the plan's near-term goals. Based off of input from County departments and the public, the Chief Sustainability Office identified 58 near-term priorities that it will submit to the Board for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Both Gero and Faber O’Connor emphasized that the approach to sustainability is regional and the coordination that went on between the County and City of Los Angeles to develop the plans. At the end of the meeting, the Council also reviewed the draft 2020 policy agenda. SEE THE PHOTOS.

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