L.A. to be greenest big U.S. city?

April 23, 2008

downtownla.jpgLooking for clean air and lots of greenery? Los Angeles is probably not the first place that comes to mind.

Still, the city as famous for traffic and smog as it is for sunshine and celebrities is working hard to earn the mantle of the greenest big city in America.

In its latest move, the L.A. City Council this week passed a law that will require all new building projects bigger than 50 units or 50,000 square feet to comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards. The city claims the move will cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 80,000 tons by 2012 — the equivalent of taking 15,000 cars off the road.

Mayor Antonio Villairagosa says the goal is the most aggressive of any big U.S. city. It is part of a broader plan the mayor laid out last year to reduce L.A.’s carbon footprint by 35 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.0

Still, critics point out that L.A.’s plan is not as aggressive as the one being pursued up North, in San Francisco — a debate the “Los Angeles Times” chronicled on Tuesday. In the story, advocates said L.A.’s move will have more of an impact on the environment because it covers so much more ground than San Francisco.

In the meantime, L.A. might have to take on an even bigger challenge — convincing the public that it can really go green.

As one LAT reader commented: “Los Angeles green? Only with paint.”

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Well, convincing people on going green is a big challenge not just in LA but every where in the world. Hopefully here the celebrities will lead by example and thus inturn convince other people to put in their efforts to help the city council achieve its targets.

Posted by Nachiket | Report as abusive

I think California always sets the stage for the rest of the US. Especially after Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped all his Hummers and high energy living. I would love to see this happen in California and maybe here in Houston TX. Texas should be a great candidate for this since we are the Fuel capital of the World! I could not operate my trucking business anywhere else,
http://www.car–transport.com eventhouogh gas and Diesel fuel is cheaper here than most anywhere else, each truck exceeds $9,000.00 per month! Could you imagine if I was operating out of NY or any northern states, even California! I sure hope the new President helps the economy bounce back, maybe we can satisfy Al Gore and live a bit longer here on earth! Just a Thought, God Bless!