From September 12 – 14, 2018 hundreds of climate leaders from around the world convened in San Francisco, CA, at the Global Climate Action Summit to collaborate on climate solutions. On September 12, 2018, the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) participated in the summit by co-hosting an Affiliate Event titled, “Thriving in a hotter Los Angeles: can L.A. model sustainability for the world’s megacities? And what can it learn from others?” The event focused on technologies to advance sustainability in megacities drawing from lessons learned from the SLA GC in Los Angeles and other cities.
– Mark Gold, Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, UCLA
– Laurel Hunt, Executive Director, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability
– Barbara Norman, Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra
– Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
The panel discussion was moderated by Cara Horowitz, Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law, and featured remarks from Senator Ben Allen, California 26th Senate District. The panelists identified several challenges that climate change poses for the city of Los Angeles, including an increase in the number of extremely hot days, and an increase in the area burned by wildfires. Panelists also focused on water sourcing challenges – achieving 100% locally sourced water, an SLA GC goal, is critical for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and developing supply systems that can reliably deliver water to Los Angeles amidst a changing climate.
The SLA GC co-hosted this event in partnership with the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability.
For more information on the “Thriving in a hotter Los Angeles: can L.A. model sustainability for the world’s megacities? And what can it learn from others?” event, please visit UCLA Law.