The Greening of Los Angeles

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downtown-la-clouds-bythe-aerial-photographer.jpgIn May of last year, the mayor of Los Angeles, announced a ‘Green LA Plan’ which aims to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 35% below 1990 levels by the year 2030. Reasons include improving air quality and lowering water and energy bills for city inhabitants. Now, Mayor Villaraigosa has signed into law the ‘Private Sector Green Building Plan’ which will require developers to meet LEED standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new law requires buildings with over 50,000 sq ft or 50 units to comply, and in exchange, incentives for builders will be in place. The permit approval process will be expedited and any restrictions in municipal codes will be lifted to allow such sustainable features as green roofs, cisterns and permeable paving, to be included.

City case managers will be trained as LEED accredited professionals under the new law in an additional effort to keep the process running smoothly.

According to an article at Environment News Service, “A new cross-departmental Sustainability Team will be created under the program to encourage developers and city staff to jointly address issues arising on both a project basis and a policy level.”

“Already the City of Los Angeles has the largest, most aggressive municipal green building plan of any large city in America. Now it’s time for green building to go private,” said the mayor.

Tag(s): Green Building, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming

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