LOS ANGELES, California, April 11, 2015 (ENS) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has released LA’s first Sustainable City Plan, a policy roadmap to prepare Los Angeles for a population growth of 500,000 people over the next 20 years.

“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 Tuesday, as he made the “pLAn” public.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (Photo courtesy Office of the Mayor)

The plan breaks new ground by making LA’s first commitments in zero emissions goods movement at the Port of Los Angeles, the first commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and the first commitment to reduce per capita vehicle miles traveled.

Michelle Kinman, executive director of the nonprofit Environment California, said, “One of the most essential steps in halting climate change is to transition our vehicle fleet to electric vehicles. Today, Mayor Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles made a vital commitment to steer Angelenos toward a safer climate and a cleaner, healthier future for all.”

“By setting a goal to become the nationwide leader in electric vehicles, Los Angeles can significantly reduce global warming pollution, and lead the country towards a clean vehicle revolution,” Kinman said.

The pLAn lays out short-term targets to be met by 2017 and long term targets to be met by 2025 and 2035.

If achieved, the targets would make L.A. the national leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, solar energy, water conservation and green jobs.

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The Expo Line is a light-rail line which resumes former rail service between Downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. Phase 2, with service between Culver City and Santa Monica, is currently under construction, and is planned to begin public service in the first half of 2016. (Photo courtesy City of Los Angeles)

The plan is the product of a year-long process undertaken by LA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Petersen. Appointed by Mayor Garcetti when he took office in 2013, Petersen has been tasked with instilling sustainability as a core value across city departments, working with all 37 department heads to incorporate sustainability goals into their annual budgets and performance review metrics.

After announcing the pLAn, Mayor Garcetti signed an executive directive incorporating it into city management. He appointed department-level chief sustainability officers who will work with Petersen to achieve the targets.

For more information or to download a copy of the pLAn, visit: lamayor.org/sustainability

Progress made toward the plan’s goals can be tracked online 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”.

A broad range of environmental groups are enthusiastic in their support of Mayor Garcetti’s pLAn.

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said, “By putting the city’s first-ever sustainability plan into action, Los Angeles will continue its leadership in cleaning up our air, protecting our strained water supplies, and acting on climate.”

Les McCabe, President and CEO, Global Green USA, said the pLAn “shows a clear, decisive commitment to making Los Angeles one of the greenest big cities in the country. While there are many strengths to the plan, Global Green especially looks forward to working with Mayor Garcetti to ensure implementation of the ambitious rooftop solar goals that will help bring clean jobs to LA, and avoid sending dirty fossil-fuel jobs out of state.”

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