Led by the Environmental Affairs Department, the Sustainability Initiative will create the City of Los Angeles Sustainability Plan and incorporate department operational impacts, programs to protect and enhance the environment, and public and private environmental stewardship.

Environmental Benefits

Sustainability: "Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." - from United Nations WCED 1987

The comprehensive Plan will allow thoughtful goal-setting and strategic prioritization of resources to support progress toward those goals. The Plan includes conservation of energy, water, and natural resources, adaptation to a warming climate,


All City departments will develop their own operational Sustainability Plan and report annually on progress toward their goals.


The Mayor’s Office will coordinate with designated City department "Sustainability Liaisons" and also with other agencies, such as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), to ensure a workable, regional approach to sustainability.


Beginning with the 2007-2008 fiscal year, the Environmental Affairs Department has begun working with City departments to complete their Department Sustainability Plans. The comprehensive City Sustainability Plan will get underway in July 2008 and be completed during the 2008-2009 fiscal year.


The Mayor’s Office is the lead City agency for the Sustainability Initiative and will be the source for public information and documents. Please contact Beth Jines at the Department of Water and Power: Office #: (213) 367-5368 or Cell Phone #: (213) 278-5502 or by e-mail at


Beginning with City departments, the Sustainability Initiative will involve the community as a whole, with programs aimed at public and private activities and challenging everyone to become environmental stewards.

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