For Immediate Release: June 16, 2021
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman introduced two motions in Council chambers today, both of them targeted at reducing emissions produced by the city government of Los Angeles.
Councilmember Raman is chair of the Council’s Information Technology and General Services Committee, which oversees city-owned buildings, equipment, and supplies.
The first motions instruct the General Services Department to work with other city departments to begin assessing costs, timeline, and strategy for retrofitting prioritized city-owned buildings and achieving net-zero energy use. The motion proposes that existing energy and water audits on municipal properties could help identify which buildings produce the most emissions, and therefore could benefit the most from retrofitting.
“Los Angeles has no path to becoming a city powered by 100% carbon-free energy without a bold and robust building decarbonization program,” wrote Councilmember Raman. “We know our goal, and we know that it has never been more urgent. The time to begin the hard work of getting there is now.”
Her second motion instructs the City to begin implementing the 100% zero-emission vehicle procurement requirement from the City’s Green New Deal, and to explore the installation of new charging infrastructure for the municipal fleet. The City of LA currently commands a fleet of roughly 13,000 vehicles, about 900 of which are electric.
“Southern California broke records for high temperatures this week, with days to go until summer,” said the Councilmember. “We don’t need any more reminders of the need to reduce our emissions, and the City must lead in that work.”