I was glad to join a coalition of leaders from the Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and members of the community, who have been a committed voice in the fight for environmental justice. Growing up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, I have seen firsthand what it is like to bear the burden of the City’s progress.
For decades, the northeast San Fernando Valley has been home to junkyards, landfills, and power generating stations. They are a part of the critical infrastructure necessary to support the region’s economy and growth. But it is our neighborhoods that are adjacent to these facilities. The programs and incentives currently available seem to target wealthy communities far away, instead of the people in my community who carry those burdens. After all, how do we talk about a greener future when we cannot even have a healthy today? How do we fight for our family’s future when our children’s present means exposure to emissions, increased asthma and diabetes rates? Thankfully, we are now closer to a solution than we have ever been before. The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) voted in favor of an initiative called the Shared Solar Program. Under this program, LADWP customers living in multifamily buildings will soon have access to solar power. This venture paves the way for other green-energy initiatives to focus on low and moderate-income communities and sends the message that a green City for all of us is truly possible. For more information on this program, click here.