The County's Green Zones Program aims to address environmental justice in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. This Program will develop targeted land use strategies to help improve public health and quality of life for residents in vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately impacted by cumulative exposure to pollution.
As part of the Green Zones Program, the Department of Regional Planning (DRP) conducted a series of "groundtruthing" events in the pilot communities of Florence Firestone/Walnut Park and East Los Angeles, initiating a new kind of partnership to address cumulative impacts.
DRP will lead the County's effort to expand the Green Zones Program and include community air monitoring. These land use tools will also need to be paired with strategies focused on encouraging cleaner industries and jobs to replace the more polluting ones.