Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday the comprehensive 20-year environmental plan he initiated two years ago is on pace to make 90 percent of its 2017 goals.
“I used to be a professor, so that would be an A-minus. So there’s room for improvement but I am pretty satisfied with what I am seeing so far,” Garcetti said at news conference at City Hall where he released the second annual report on the plan.
The “Sustainable City pLAn,” which he unveiled in 2015, outlines a broad range of environmental markers for Los Angeles to meet in areas such as water quality, waste, housing, green jobs, air quality and energy-efficient buildings.
The plan has three deadlines — 2017, 2025 and 2035 — and Garcetti said two-thirds of the goals for the end of 2017 already have been met.
Some of the 2017 goals that have been already met are 20,000 new green job, a reduction in per-capita potable water use by 20 percent, implementation of a waste franchise system, installation of more than 1,000 public electric vehicle charging stations, and the establishment of a bike sharing program with at least 65 stations and 1,000 bikes.
“When you are climbing mount sustainability, every time you think you’ve reached the peak, you realize there is another peak to climb, and that’s OK because we can never stop,” said Matt Petersen, Garcetti’s chief sustainability officer.
“There is a lot of work to be done in the next few years and the decades ahead,” he said.
— City News Service
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