We keep our eye on what’s happening locally in the seemingly-not-green city of LA. Here’s a roundup of some recent environmentally-related news for our city.
- “Car Ownership is Dropping in Los Angeles as Bikes, Trains Grow” (sustainablebusiness.com) Bloomberg News reported that in 2012, 28,000 fewer cars were sold in LA than the prior year. Add to that the expansion of bike lanes (292 miles worth!), rail service expansion, and the increasing popularity of car-sharing services like Zipcar, and LA begins to look a little less car-focused. Read the full article here.
- “LA City Council Bans Plastic Grocery Bags” (http://www.opposingviews.com/) Great news! The LA City Council votes 11-1 to make this a reality, and LA becomes the largest city in the nation to enact such a ban. Read more here.
- “L.A. Cleantech Incubator is getting room to grow” (http://www.latimes.com/) – We’ve heard of technology incubators for internet start-ups, but the LA Cleantech Incubator is an organization to help companies launching in field such as solar-thermal technology, energy storage and transportation. The incubator is building a 3.2-acre La Kretz Innovation Campus to house sustainable-energy businesses and startups. Read the article from the LA Times.