In conjunction with Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, CCSC staff contribute to the the development of environmental report cards to evaluate LA county’s progress towards environmental sustainability.
In 2015, UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability issued the nation’s first environmental report card for a major metropolitan area. The purpose of the 2015 Report Card was to establish a baseline from which to measure the County’s progress toward environmental sustainability, and to create a thought-provoking tool to catalyze discussions and policy changes that would contribute to a healthier environment for Los Angeles County. The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge provided a natural opportunity to align the Report Card with Sustainable LA’s specific goals to transition LA County to 100% renewable energy, 100% locally-sourced water, and enhanced ecosystem and human health by 2050.
Starting in 2017, the Sustainable LA Environmental Report Cards are to be released bi-annually, with a focus on one of three major areas: Energy & Air Quality, Water, and Ecosystem Health.
Associated human health indicators will be included within each Report Card, and a summary Report Card that highlights major accomplishments and important current environmental topics will be published biennially.