The L.A. Sustainability Leadership Council convened its third meeting on Friday, August 30, 2018 at Los Angeles City Hall. The council gathered to discuss the progress Los Angeles has made so far towards achieving its sustainability goals and how to collaborate on future solutions. Co-chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, the meeting was attended by sustainability leaders from universities, business, and the community.
Discussion topics at the meeting included the need to create working committees to address two essential sustainability challenges: water sourcing and transformative communities. Lauren Faber, the chief sustainability officer at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Manuel Pastor, director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC also led a conversation highlighting the successes of the Transformative Climate Community project (TCC), including a $35M dollar project to introduce 10 clean-air bus lines into the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles.
The meeting included a presentation by Yifang Zhu, acting dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, that focused on PM 2.5 and 03, two key pollutants that pose significant environmental and health risks. Dean Zhu outlined the potential health benefits of a decarbonized county.
The next L.A. Sustainability Leadership Council meeting will be held next year.
Read more about the L.A. Sustainability Leadership Council:
Sustainable LA Grand Challenge: Second Leadership Council Meeting Hosted at UCLA UCLA Grand Challenges Happenings, 11 Oct 2017
Sustainable LA Grand Challenge: Inaugural Leadership Council Meeting UCLA Grand Challenges Happenings, 22 Sept 2016