The Los Angeles Board of Education approved a resolution on Dec. 3 that commits Los Angeles Unified School District to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2040.
The board also called on city, state and federal officials as well as government agencies to work with LAUSD in taking rapid and effective action on climate change to protect current and future students, families and communities.
“Transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy is a courageous endeavor; it is an aspiration, but we have to put it out there as something that we aspire to do as a policy and not as a discussion item,” said George McKenna III, board member and resolution co-sponsor. “We will convene a task force of diverse voices to examine the feasibility, assess costs, gaps, and opportunities for the district to achieve this bold goal.”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of 2018, the Fourth National Climate Assessment, local and international climate scientists and the city of Los Angeles have declared a climate crisis, calling for a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels by 2030, and net zero carbon by 2050, in order to mitigate the effects of global warming and climate change.
“Los Angeles Unified is the largest school district in the country with an elected Board,” said Scott Schmerelson, board member and resolution co-sponsor. “We are committed to preparing our students to be college and career ready. But our children are telling us that all the preparation in the world will be meaningless if we are unable and unwilling to transform our energy systems to avoid the frightening reality that we are rapidly, and perhaps irreversibly, destroying the health of the planet that they will inherit.”
LAUSD is already committed to reducing 20% of energy consumption by 2024 and has implemented a number of energy-saving measures, including the Lighting Retrofit Program at 100 schools, the direct install program with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at 12 schools, Prop 39 energy efficiency upgrade projects at 21 schools, and is an active participant in the U.S. Department of Energy/LA Better Buildings Challenges, as well as the Zero Energy Schools Accelerator.
“I want to recognize all of the students and parents who have taken a stand to better the world we live in by advocating for better environmental policies and we as adults need to be active partners in that effort,” board President Richard Vladovic said. “As the second-largest district in the United Sates, we strive to be the greenest district and lead the way for other organizations to do the same.”
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