Environment and Sustainability Initiatives

  • Community Garden Program - item to temporarily re-establish the community garden program at 1201 N. Detroit Street and to include consideration for a permanent community garden in the visioning process for Plummer Park.
  • Addressing Cigarette Butt Pollution - directs staff to develop ways to address cigarette butt pollution in the City, such as installing cigarette butt disposal containers throughout the City and developing a public education campaign about cigarette butt pollution and littering in general. 
  • Privately-owned Public Spaces Program - This item from Mayor Pro Tem Shyne and I directs staff to hold a symposium regarding privately owned public spaces, such as pocket parks or roof terrace spaces, in new residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. The purpose of the symposium is to encourage a public discussion of a potential zone text amendment allowing for a program in the City of West Hollywood. 
  • Certified Wildlife Habitat Program: directed staff to determine appropriate locations in the City to establish Certified Wildlife Habitats in public parks, and to promote the Certified Wildlife Habitat program to community members through the City’s website and other communication channels. 
  • Tree Replacement in New Developments: directed the City’s Sustainable Planning staff and Urban Design & Architecture Studio staff to review and develop a strategy for this issue as our zoning code does not currently require tree replacement in any new commercial or residential developments.
  • Sustainability Sundays: an item directing staff to develop “Sustainability Sundays,” a public engagement effort through the City’s website and social media channels with the goal of promoting simple actions to increase sustainability and reduce waste in everyday life. 
  • Urban Forestry Symposium - Directed staff to organize and sponsor a symposium on urban forestry, focusing on the future of West Hollywood’s urban forest and featuring experts in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, forestry, ecological management and sustainability.
  • Green Building Standards: an initiative to proactively address California's new mandatory Residential and Lower-Scale Commercial Zero Net Energy measures, update or revise local policy to reflect California's most recently adopted State Green Building Code, Title 24 Energy Compliance Standards and State Energy Code, and eliminate outdated Green Building incentives. 
  • Amending Integrated Pest Management Program - Directed staff to amend the city's Integrated Pest Management Program to prohibit the use of glyphosate and educate residents and business owners on potential dangers of using products containing glyphosate. 
  • Sustainable Roofs: The goal of this item was to require green roofs and/or solar panels on new commercial projects. Although not passed exactly as proposed, Council did direct staff to investigate the use of green roofs and solar panels as part of the Sustainable Design Initiative. 
  • Water Conservation: directed the Community Development Department to review measures the City can take to further consider water usage and conservation in the review of non-residential development projects.
  • Raising the Bar on Sustainable Design: directing staff to reassess current adopted green building standards and environmental programs and adopt a new Sustainable Design Initiative that will raise the bar on sustainable building practices and achieve measurable performance-based levels tailored to West Hollywood. 
  • Water Conservation Innovation: Council adopted a policy prohibiting the use of potable water in construction mitigation.  In the future, when non-potable water is more available, developers won’t be able to use drinking water to control dust emissions.
  • Water Conservation Measures: prohibits the watering of lawns or other ornamental greenery within 48 hours of measurable rain.  
  • Water and New Development: Directed staff to propose new ways to measure thresholds of significance for impacts to water resources for new developments requiring an Environmental Impact Report.