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The City of Los Angeles has arrived at that moment when consideration of climate impacts has become integrated into the policy development and decision making process. In May 2007, the City published“Green LA: An Action Plan to Lead the Nation in Fighting Global Warming,” which included more than fifty specific actions designed to reduce the City’s contributions to climate change, and to prepare a response to the changes that have already begun to occur. Since its publication, City departments have been working together to respond to the challenge set forth in the Plan. The result is ClimateLA, the implementation program that provides detailed information about each action item discussed in the Green LA framework. Action items range from harnessing wind power for electricity production and energy efficiency retrofits in City buildings, to converting the City’s fleet vehicles to cleaner and more efficient models, and reducing water consumption. Information about proposed and/or ongoing programs, opportunities for achieving the City’s goals, specific challenges, and a list of milestones is provided for each action item. The scope of these actions range from those impacting only municipal facilities, such as retrofitting City Hall with high efficiency lighting systems, to those facilitating changes in the private sector, such as rebates for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances. ClimateLA is a living document, reflecting a process of ongoing learning and continuous improvement as technology advances and City departments develop expertise in the methods of lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Change Toolkit