A clean economy is one that runs on renewable sources of energy, moves away from carbon-intensive fields and helps steer the region towards a low carbon future. Providing support for clean industries and their workforce will help ensure OurCounty plans and goals rest on a strong economic foundation.
Economic transitions have the potential to exacerbate inequality. Communities or workers dependent on fossil fuel use or extraction will face challenges in transitioning to a clean economy. Some job losses, as well as extensive retraining, are expected. But with adequate planning and support, an economic transition can instead have the opposite effect – serving as an opportunity to implement more inclusive economic practices that will reduce inequality and support all residents.
A truly “just” transition will protect and support job seekers and current workers (particularly those that are low income and/or reside in disadvantaged communities) to transition into a clean economy with dignity and not bear the costs of change.
County government will support the growth of clean economy sectors through its procurement practices, land use authority and various economic and workforce development incentives. As the largest manufacturing center in the U.S., Los Angeles is a clean technology leader. This innovation can be harnessed for the greater good by supporting local entrepreneurs and connecting them to our diverse, skilled workforce.