What Can I Do?
Support these organizations that protect the environment.
Where Do We Go From Here?
L.A. County has the highest population of any county in the nation and as the city continues to grow, it will be more important than ever to address the environmental issues that threaten the health and sustainability of the city. Three areas that will remain a priority are water quality & conservation, energy and restoring and increasing greenspace.
Water Conservation and Sourcing
In L.A. County, major priorities are: 1. Continuing to achieve aggressive conservation targets, 2. Being less reliant on external sources of water, and 3. Improving water quality of our LA rivers and beaches. The city can increase local supply by capturing more stormwater, recycling water and making our groundwater cleaner through more advanced treatment.
Increasing greenspace/parks in urban areas, increasing access to nature and supporting the restoration, conservation and protection of our wild spaces improves the overall environmental quality of Los Angeles and increases the economic, physical, and social health of the City’s communities.
Climate Change/Renewable Energy
While L.A. has significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than most major cities, there is room for improvement especially in regard to reliance on coal. Coal energy is considerable in the region, with a number of utilities receiving approximately 30 to 40 percent of their energy from coal sources. Most renewable energy in the area comes from wind (around 10%), geothermal (around 5%), biomass/biowaste (about 3%) and a very small percentage from solar (less than 1%).
Increasing the use of renewable energy including solar