Protecting Our Environment
Here in Orange County, we must take meaningful action to ensure a healthy, sustainable environment for future generations. Through scientific innovation and collaboration, addressing the impact of the climate crisis and transitioning to a clean energy economy can lead to job growth and help strengthen working class families.
I will use my experience as Mayor of Costa Mesa, where we created a sustainability manager position to implement sustainability plans and programs, to create a Climate Action Plan for Orange County, including investing more in clean, green, and renewable energy, such as wind and solar and updating our county’s infrastructure to expand access to electric vehicle charging stations.
We can also enhance fuel efficiency standards, replace fossil fuel fleets with electric vehicles, increase infrastructure development for renewable fuels, introduce innovative agricultural practices, incentivize zero-waste practices, and expand our public transit systems.
A few ways in which we might achieve our goals while prioritizing working-class communities include:
Making electric vehicles and charging stations more accessible to low-income and multi-family tenants.
Providing incentives for households to install solar.
Using a regional approach to power distribution, we can maximize the amount of renewable energy on the grid.
Partnering with Congress and the airline industry to promote cleaner, quieter air travel.
Implementing a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach net-zero by the year 2035.
I am committed to ensuring that Orange County will continue to be a leader in environmental protection.