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Under ambitious new goals, Los Angeles will be ‘zero waste’ by 2050




Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces a new plan to reduce carbon emissions across the city.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces a new plan to reduce carbon emissions across the city.
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California already leads the nation in pursuing progressive environmentally minded policies and legislation. Under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new plan, the city of Los Angeles wants to go a step further.

The Mayor announced this morning an ambitious plan to dramatically reduce the city’s carbon emissions, by mandate zero carbon for new buildings -- from office towers to homes -- by 2050. Also in the plan: the creation of a zero emissions transportation network, a zero carbon electricity grid, and by 2050, a Los Angeles that “won’t send a single piece of trash” to the landfill.

How achievable are these goals? Guest host Kyle Stokes talk to KPCC reporter Sharon McNary.

With guest host Kyle Stokes.

Guest:

Sharon McNary, infrastructure correspondent for KPCC who is covering the story; she tweets @KPCCsharon

Cara Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law

Ethan Elkind, director of the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley