A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework

A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework was developed by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) to help leaders in the LA region identify and implement the most promising and effective measures for reducing emissions and increasing resilience to climate change. It was designed to prioritize issues and actions that can have the most regional impact and that require more cross-county coordination.

The Framework recommends goals, strategies, and specific actions for local governments and other key actors across five sectors: energy, transportation and land use, water, public health, and ocean and coastal resources. For each sector, the Framework describes the policy landscape - such as any state or local policies and laws already affecting actions and decision-making within that sector - and how regional collaboration is important within that sector. At a high level, the sections emphasize:

  • Transportation and Land Use - reducing tailpipe emissions through greater adoption of electric vehicles and usage of low-carbon fuels, and designing and redesigning transportation infrastructure in a way to improve public health and air quality and to encourage vehicle-sharing and alternative transportation modes. It also emphasizes channeling all new growth into developed areas near transit.
  • Water - mandating aggressive water conservation targets, investing in diversification of water supply, reducing water-related impacts on disadvantaged communities, and improving water quality.
  • Energy - diversifying and decarbonizing energy supply, promoting demand-side measures and energy conservation, and deploying distributed storage in built areas as a first priority.
  • Public Health - facilitating partnerships to better understand and reduce public health impacts from climate change, and reducing urban-rural temperature differentials.
  • Oceans and Coastal Resources - preparing coastal infrastructure and communities for, and protecting natural resources from, rising sea levels and coastal storms; improving coastal and ocean health; and beginning to develop coastal retreat policies.

A separate paper on funding and financing options for climate adaptation projects was developed as well in conjunction with the Framework. The paper provides a broad overview of state grants within California, as well as other funding and financing options (e.g. user fees, revolving loan funds, bonds, rebates and incentives, etc.) that local governments can utilize for climate adaptation projects.

LARC developed the Framework over a three-year period with funding from the California Strategic Growth Council that was awarded for a partnership between LARC and METRO, the Los Angeles region's public transportation agency. The Council awarded the $1 million grant to METRO, as the eligible applicant, which administered some of the funding to LARC to develop the Framework.

 

Publication Date: December 2016

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