FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

Councilmember Mitch O Farrell speaking

Councilmember O’Farrell currently serves as the Chair of the City Council’s committee on Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and the Los Angeles River, and he has been touted for his leadership on environmental issues.

Along with Councilmember Paul Krekorian, as the environmental chair Mitch has led Los Angeles’ efforts to adopt the LA 100 framework that will get Los Angeles to 100% carbon neutral power by 2035, along with an equitable workforce hiring program.

LA 100 will create:

  • Nearly 9,500 jobs, including in communities disproportionately impacted by dirty energy
  • Cleaner air in our communities
  • Reliable and consistent energy

Transitioning to a future free from carbon, methane and other greenhouse gases is not an option, and LA 100 is not symbolic; it is a work plan for a world in trouble - with regular reporting to make sure the City stays on track.

Mitch has also led efforts to establish a municipal solar and storage program, beginning with a historic $30 million investment in the Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget. This program will identify opportunities to add solar panels and solar storage to all current and future City-owned buildings, and will help the City meet its  LA100 goal of 100% carbon-free energy by 2035. 

Mitch is also working to create an electric vehicle master plan in the City. We must decarbonize our transportation sector - the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions - and the Electric Vehicle Master Plan will be a collaborative moment with all City departments - anchored by the Department of Water and Power - working together to create a citywide electric vehicle charging network and master plan framed by equity.