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Published on Mar 12, 2012
Although climate change is a global problem, the Villaraigosa Administration and stakeholders across Los Angeles recognize the issue directly affects the lives of every Angeleno. In 2007, the Administration presented the Green LA Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive and aggressive 50-step plan to address the challenges of pollution and climate change.
Implementation of the action plan is almost complete. We have begun building a 21st century transit network with twice the miles of rail lines and bus routes, synchronized traffic signals to reduce idling, and replaced the bus fleet with CNG powered vehicles.
Working with stakeholders in the labor and environmental communities, together we have reduced asthma causing emissions by as much as 92% at the Port of Los Angeles. The Administration set the most aggressive green building standards in the nation, quadrupled the use of renewable energy and reduced water use to its lowest levels in 42 years. In addition, the Administration has planted more than 300,000 trees and created 650 acres of new green space.
Despite the challenges that come with a sprawling metropolitan area, we're finding solutions that work for Los Angeles. Strategies such as the Clean Air Action Plan, Million Trees LA, Measure R, and America Fast Forward have even become models across the nation and the world.
Join the effort to green LA, and join the conversation too! Share your stories, pictures and videos on Twitter at: #HowIGreenLA