The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ambitious sustainability plan that calls for phasing out fossil fuels, deriving 80% of the county’s water from local sources and a host of other actions to address climate change and improve quality of life in the region.

Sixteen UCLA researchers contributed to the OurCounty plan, which was created by the county’s Chief Sustainability Office. BuroHappold Engineering and the Liberty Hill Foundation, a social justice organization, also played key roles in the plan.

Gary Gero, the county’s chief sustainability officer, underscored the importance of that collaborative effort at the Aug. 6 Board of Supervisors meeting.

“Before we ever wrote a single word of this plan, we went out to communities and consulted with the real experts on the ground — the people whose lived experience tells them what could make their communities better,” Gero said.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl characterized the OurCounty plan as “the biggest in the nation, the most ambitious in the nation, dare I say the most progressive in the nation — and the result of a great deal of work by many, many hardworking and dedicated people.”

Stephanie Pincetl, a UCLA professor-in-residence who researches ways to make cities sustainable, said large-scale, collective action, coordinated at a high level, is needed to combat the climate crisis.

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