PROJECTS + INITIATIVES
The LARC has crafted a county-wide climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare the region to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Known as "A Greater L.A.: Climate Action Framework," this effort is a multi-year process to integrate numerous county-wide and jurisdiction-specific efforts with best practices and model ordinances that ensure a resilient and vibrant future for our communities. Visit the to Framework page learn more.
Global climate models are relatively coarse in resolution and provide little information about climate and climate change at scales most relevant to people and ecosystems. Dr. Hall's climate modeling is used to understand the forces shaping climate at the Los Angeles regional scale. Climate studies will include: temperature, snow fall, precipitation, Santa Ana winds, hydrology, sea level rise, and Sierra Nevada snow pack.
To learn more, visit the Climate Change LA website.
The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, in partnership with Los Angeles County Internal Services Division Office of Sustainability, recently released 2010 community GHG inventories for every city in LA County as well as County unincorporated communities. These data serve as a baseline and starting point for critical climate action planning work that must occur throughout the region to comply with the mandates set forth in AB 32 – the Global Warming Solutions Act.
Cities may obtain their 2010 inventory data by contacting their council of governments (COG) or the LARC.
To learn move, view the LA County GHG Inventory informational guide.
With funding from the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), the Coastal Commission and Coastal Conservancy, USC Sea Grant will develop a comprehensive shoreline change and coastal erosion model for the Los Angeles region. The model will be developed by a strong team of experts (ESA PWA, TerraCosta Consulting Group). They will integrate their work which is focused on shoreline and beach response, with the work led by the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a coastal storm modeling system(CoSMoS) for Southern California.
The City of Santa Monica serves as the grant lead, but this project will be conducted in close collaboration with 11 participating jurisdictions; the University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program, the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative on Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC); the CA State Coastal Conservancy; Heal the Bay; the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC); USGS; TerraCosta Consulting Group; and ESA PWA.
To learn more, visit USC Sea Grant's website.
LA Energy Atlas
The LA Energy Atlas provides Californians the opportunity to interact with the largest set of disaggregated energy data in the nation. This first of its kind interactive website can be used to inform energy planning and research in Los Angeles and throughout California as the State works to achieve its ambitious energy goals and local regions work to create energy sustainability. All data is downloadable and complies to protect privacy. The website is powered by a geospatial relational database that connects address level energy consumption to building characteristics and census information.
The Energy Atlas, developed by the UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC), was funded by the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCal REN) and the County of Los Angeles’ Office of Sustainability, it has benefited from the support and input of a number of partners including the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), and the Energy Coalition (TEC), as well as interest from a broad range of policy makers, energy experts and program administrators. The Atlas provides important public interest energy data and analysis to assist the state in meeting its energy goals. It improves transparency of building energy consumption in the most populous county in the United States.