You may (or may not) have read my earlier post about “Social Connectedness,” courtesy of the Goldhirsh Foundation’s LA2050 “Meetups,” so here I am once again to share my thoughts on the recent “Environmental Quality Community Meetup” (http://www.goldhirshfoundation.org/la2050).
This Meetup took place at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Mid-Wilshire (http://aplusd.org) and was jam-packed with environmental policy wonks sprinkled with staffers from various elected offices. Where were the representatives from the business community you ask…well that’s a good question since the last portion of the dialogue was just about that! Are public/private partnerships the answer to funding “green” projects that are desperately needed to ensure an environmentally sustainable city or are such strategies a pie in the sky when the business community claims it’s beaten up by the process?
I guess the question of funding is secondary to the bigger topic…what is an environmentally sustainable Los Angeles in 2050?
The panelists shared the following views:
Paula Daniels, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Los Angeles – climate change will cause us to focus on resilient systems of water capture and food production to create an aquaponics system. Food production is a big source of environmental impacts when you consider livestock being the biggest contributor to the creation of Greenhouse Gases.
Omar Bronson, LA River Revitalization Corporation – the future Los Angeles will be made up of 51 miles of public greenway coupled with a contiguous water body called the Los Angeles River, where the entire stretch will be walkable, bikeable and within three miles of all forms of public transportation.
Fred Walti, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator – without a sustainable economy, we won’t have a sustainable environment. Transportation and energy infrastructure, complete with energy storage and underground goods movement systems, is where we will be in 2050.
Elsa Barboza, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) – Communities and families will play a central role in the new green economy and in creating environmental quality.
Mia Lehrer, Mia Lehrer + Associates – in 2050, Los Angeles will remain a megalopolis, but it will be full of culturally-diverse villages, where streets will be rich multi-sensory places and parks are abundant and accessible.
In 2050, my environmentally sustainable Los Angeles is a city that partners with its neighboring cities to collaboratively approach decisions on how to handle water capture and reuse, energy storage, transportation infrastructure, real estate development and/or reuse. Cities will not be operating in silos, rather they will be working together to determine the best regional solution possible.