APA Recognizes Los Angeles County's Sustainability Plan

The American Planning Association (APA) has honored Los Angeles County with the Award of Excellence in Sustainability for the 2019 OurCounty Sustainability Plan.

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July 9, 2021, 8:00 AM PDT

By Clement Lau

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The APA's Sustainable Communities Division has honored the county of Los Angeles with the Award of Excellence in Sustainability for its groundbreaking 2019 OurCounty Sustainability Plan. Unlike other sustainability plans, the OurCounty plan is unique in its regional focus as it moves to tackle a wide range of environmental, social, and economic challenges. 

OurCounty was developed in a collaborative process involving hundreds of stakeholders, thousands of hours of equity-centered dialogue, substantial research, and cutting-edge analyses in a process led by the county’s Chief Sustainability Office. Over the course of two years, the county took a comprehensive, community-based approach to crafting the nation’s most ambitious regional sustainability plan that is bold, inclusive, and sets a vision for the present and future generations of Los Angeles.

“We’re proud and grateful for this recognition, which we share with the hundreds of stakeholders who challenged us to make OurCounty the most ambitious regional sustainability plan anywhere,” said Fesia Davenport, Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer. “It is a special honor to share this award with the community-based organizations that led the equity-focused engagement process that produced our sustainability roadmap.”

This is not the first time the county of Los Angeles has won the award. In 2019, the county's Department of Parks and Recreation received the same award for its Master Plan for Sustainable Parks and Recreation: Phase I, which consists of Community Parks and Recreation Plans for six park-poor unincorporated communities. (To learn more about the implementation of these plans, please read this article.) 

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