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Feeling the Heat

A new motion aims to protect L.A. renters and workers from extreme temperatures.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have approved a motion to address the threat of extreme heat regionwide. The measure articulates the County’s support for a statewide safe maximum indoor temperature standard and starts the process of examining how the County could implement local heat standards for residential buildings and high-risk workplace.



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Putting a Fork In It

To get a better handle on what all this plastic pollution means for L.A. County and how to reduce it, the County’s Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Sustainability Office last year to commission a data-driven analysis from UCLA researchers. The survey focused on the food-service sector, one of the biggest culprits when it comes to pollution.

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Staying Power

A new Board motion moves LA County closer to 100% renewable energy Nearly all residents and businesses in unincorporated L.A. County receive 50% of their energy from renewable sources as part of the County’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At its Dec. 7 meeting, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors doubled down on this…

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FEELING THE HEAT: Who’s Most Vulnerable in L.A.

This week the Chief Sustainability Office issued a data-rich study about which L.A. neighborhoods are most vulnerable to 5 severe climate hazards — both today and by 2050. Here, Alison Frazzini, a County sustainability advisor and lead manager on the Climate Vulnerability Assessment, offers her take on how the findings can help us become more…

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Not your grandmother’s infrastructure

Remember those hot days last Labor Day weekend?  Who could forget!   Those hot, hot days led to electricity service disruptions across the state right when we were relying on electricity to keep us cool.  That meant inconvenience for some people and for others, some seriously dangerous conditions. Hot summers are nothing new in LA, but…

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Reflecting on Black History

While we only had 28 days to highlight a few of our favorite Black leaders, there are millions more Black people who care about and are working hard every single day to ensure that communities are safe, healthy, and protected from the disproportionate impact of air and water pollution, toxic contamination, and climate change.

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Elevating Black History

In 2020, many wondered if that vision could be possible as the country struggled through a pandemic and the simmering civil unrest due to centuries of unjust and racist policies that burden and kill low-income communities of color—especially Black communities.

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L.A. County won’t be left in the dark

L.A. County residents are not immune from energy disruptions. But the good news is that the state has enough energy to meet demand. It just needs to do a better job of managing the grid.

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A Deep Dive on L.A.’s Water Future

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water,” W.H Auden once wrote. Science tells us water makes up about roughly two-thirds of our bodies, about the same amount of Earth itself.

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L.A. County to Take Big Bite Out of Plastic Pollution

To get a better handle on what all this plastic pollution means for L.A. County and how to reduce it, the County’s Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Sustainability Office last year to commission a data-driven analysis from UCLA researchers. The survey focused on the food-service sector, one of the biggest culprits when it comes to pollution.

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New Year’s Resolutions We Must Keep

With the coming of the New Year, many of us vow to make a fresh start, turn a corner or renew a forgotten commitment. After an indulgent holiday season, we make resolutions to live more wisely – whether it’s cutting down on sweets or putting money into savings.