LA County releases draft sustainability plan developed by UCLA and other partners

April 5, 2019

The LA County Chief Sustainability Office released a “Discussion Draft” of the first-ever county sustainability plan entitled “OurCounty” on Friday, April 5. The plan seeks to equitably address a range of sustainability challenges facing Los Angeles County including energy use, water sourcing, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, housing, and air quality. 

UCLA partnered with BuroHappold and the Liberty Hill Foundation to draft this plan. UCLA’s team is made up of members from the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC), Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, and the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability. The team has worked closely with local communities to develop an ambitious sustainability roadmap for Los Angeles County and its 88 cities.

The OurCounty Discussion Draft includes 12 broad goals, 37 long range strategies, and 148 specific actions, programs, or tools with the goal of improving sustainability in Los Angeles County. One notable target present in this draft is for the County to be fossil fuel free by 2045. Other plan targets are in line with the SLA GC goals in energy, water, and ecosystem health.

Community members, organizations, and business are invited to provide feedback on the Discussion Draft through May 24, 2019. Public feedback will be incorporated into a final document, which is scheduled to appear before the Board of Supervisors for approval in summer 2019.

OurCounty Discussion Draft review sessions will take place in each of the supervisorial districts at the following locations:

April 20: Environmental Fair + Expo, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

April 27: Environmental Fair + Expo, Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center, Van Nuys

May 4: Environmental Fair + Expo, Net Zero Plus – Electrical Training Institute, Commerce

May 11: Environmental Fair + Expo, CA African American Museum, Exposition Park Los Angeles

May 18: Environmental Fair + Expo, LA Harbor College, Wilmington

The partnership between UCLA, BuroHappold, and the Liberty Hill Foundation was convened in 2017 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Since 2017, the team has been focused on creating a plan that incorporates input and feedback from community organizations, advocacy groups, academic researchers, and the general public.

For more information, visit OurCounty.

Below, please see the list of those from UCLA whose work contributed to the OurCounty Discussion Draft:
Project Leads

Felicia Federico (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)
Mark Gold (Sustainable LA Grand Challenge)
Sean Hecht (UCLA School of Law) 
Cara Horowitz (UCLA School of Law)
Laurel Hunt (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)
Stephanie Pincetl (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)
Cassie Rauser (Sustainable LA Grand Challenge)

Researchers/Analysts

Robert Cudd (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)
Eric Fournier (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)
Harjot Kaur (UCLA School of Law)
Sean Kennedy (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)
Jaimee Lederman (Institute of Transportation Studies)
Nathaniel Logar (UCLA School of Law)
Elizabeth Reid-Wainscott (Sustainable LA Grand Challenge)
Ari Simon (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)

Technical Advisory Committee/ Review Committee

David Eisenman (Fielding School of Public Health)
Juan Matute (Institute of Transportation Studies)