Last night, the Board unanimously passed a resolution brought by Jackie and two of her fellow Board members, Scott Schmelerson and Dr. George McKenna, which commits LAUSD to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy in its electricity sector by 2030 and in all other energy sectors by 2040. This historic move will prevent close to 300,000 tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere every year from the District’s electricity usage alone.
At an earlier press conference, Jackie spoke unequivocally about the need for the resolution, stating, “With every new wild fire, flood, and snow storm, the urgency of the climate crisis is becoming more apparent to all of us. It is now time for bold action. We have to do it for the sake of our children, grandchildren, and all LAUSD students. We can’t afford to delay any longer because their futures are at stake.”
The District is the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)’s largest customer and the largest single consumer of energy in Los Angeles. The Board’s action will thus have a great impact in transitioning the larger Log Angeles area to clean, renewable energy.
The resolution directs the District’s Facilities Services Division to put together a task force which will develop a plan of possible options for the District’s clean energy transition and include a cost-benefit analysis for each option. We are optimistic that certain options, like LADWP’s Solar Feed-in Tariff Program, will present revenue-generating opportunities for the District. Jackie has been clear throughout this process, however, that the Board will not do anything that endangers the District’s core mission of providing as excellent an education as possible to our students.
We look forward to continuing to work with the District’s Facilities Services Division, our partners at LADWP and the City, and our community partners through implementation of this bold plan. This is just the beginning!