Climate Smart Cities
Los Angeles


The Climate-Smart Los Angeles project delivers on the commitment of the Trust for Public Land to assist the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and City departments in meeting several goals of the sustainability pLAn. Over the past 12 months, we worked with over 20 local experts, who comprise the Technical Advisory Team, ranging from City planning staff, City and County watershed protection staff, LA Metro, public health experts, local academic and research institutions, and community leaders in developing a data-based Geographic Information System (GIS) decision support tool that gives decision makers the ability to identify and prioritize locations, down to the parcel level, where nature-based green infrastructure can achieve multiple benefits. Some of the City’s sustainability pLAn goals we hope can be supported through the Decision Support Tool include:

– Reduce urban/rural temperature difference by 1.7°F by 2025, and 3.0°F by 2035;

– Increase walk, bike, and transit mode share to at least 35% of all trips by 2025 and 50% by 2035;

– Reduce LADWP purchases of imported water by 50% by 2025 and source 50% of water locally by 2035;

– Ensure 65% of Angelenos live within ½ mile of a park or open space by 2025.


Our Climate-Smart Cities process bring together a team of experts to research, design, and build the infrastructure and tools that help increase our resilience to climate change. Our strategy is to: