LA Green Retrofit & Workforce Program

First U.S. City Creating Green Jobs for Energy & Water Efficient Buildings (Green Retrofit & Workforce Program), 2009

Los Angeles, CA

Green Jobs Infographic. Photo from dingo care2.

Green Jobs Infographic. Photo from dingo care2.

HOW IT CAN BENEFIT YOU

In 2009, Los Angeles experienced a high unemployment rate (11%).  So Los Angeles created the Green Retrofit and Workforce Program to be a model for how green jobs can create a path out of poverty.  The program retrofits all city-owned buildings over 7,500 square feet and built before 1978.  It prioritizes buildings in low-income communities and ones that serve them like libraries and recreation centers.

Retrofits reduce energy and water through improvements in heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, toilets, faucets, lighting and appliances.  It saves taxpayers up to $6 million a year.

WHY IT'S A LEADING PROGRAM

It was the first building retrofit program in the U.S. to incorporate training for green jobs, create energy and water efficiency improvements, reduce pollution and rebuild disadvantaged communities.

GOAL

To retrofit 100 buildings annually and help buildings get LEED-EB Silver green building certification.  For the first five years, 50% of retrofitted buildings must be in low-income areas.

WHO CAN TAKE ACTION

City-owned buildings over 7,500 square feet and built before 1978.

OUTCOME

In the first year, 40 workers retrofitted 52 buildings.  The ordinance plans to retrofit more than 1,000 buildings.

CONTACT

Laura Muraida, Coordinator for Green LA Coalition, City of Los Angeles, 323-789-7920, lmuraida@scopela.org

LAST UPDATED

September 15, 2015