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  • OurCounty: Los Angeles Countywide Sustainability Plan, for Equity, Resilience & Public Health

    Wednesday, December 11, 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm
    403 B
    Panel Discussions
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    OurCounty is a regional sustainability plan for all of Los Angeles—the first of its kind, it outlines a bold set of goals, strategies and actions for creating a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable county working in partnership with cities. Led by the LA County Chief Sustainability Office, the plan was built from the ideas of people living and working throughout the region, utilizing a stakeholder engagement process that centered the perspectives of communities that have been disproportionately burdened by environmental hazards and social and economic injustice. The result is a strategic sustainability plan that is intersectional by design, emphasizing collaboration across city and county boundaries as well as creative solutions that simultaneously benefit the environment, social equity, and economic revitalization. During this session, panelists will highlight the innovative strategies and actions at the core of the plan, ranging from a commitment to 100% renewable energy to a comprehensive approach to addressing the health impacts of oil and gas facilities on surrounding communities. Panelists will also discuss how specific stakeholder engagement methods addressed common barriers to participation, and how that meaningful participation shaped OurCounty's policy recommendations for improving equity and resiliency. Formal partnerships with trusted community representatives were integral to a plan that honors and incorporates community expertise and priorities.
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