CRA/LA plays an important role in moving Los Angeles toward its goal of becoming the “greenest” major city in the United States. That’s because we are the primary agency revitalizing vacant or underused land in economically depressed areas.
We know that today’s decisions about energy and water conservation — including water-efficient landscaping — will affect generations of Angelinos. So all our plans and policies are geared toward encouraging developers to use “green” building practices and materials, and to seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Because the livability of a neighborhood has a lot to do with its recreational and open spaces, we seek to establish pocket parks and community gardens in our project areas.
Smart Locations & Compact Design
Accessibility to public transit is another aspect of green urbanism. We encourage development in locations that provide alternatives to car use. We also support compact, high-quality housing that fits comfortably with its surroundings.
Our Healthy Neighborhoods Policy
We have established a two-year, $500,000 pilot program for developers. It provides a free consultation on ways of integrating “green” features into new projects in our 32 project areas. A CRA/LA “Green Team” is developing technical manuals to guide planning and building.