Sitting down with Gina Goodhill Rosen, Senior Policy & Legislative Associate.
How would you describe your role at Global Green USA in five words?
Advance sustainability through policy initiatives.
What’s your biggest priority right now at Global Green?
A big focus for 2014 is to make the City of Los Angeles a leader in sustainability. Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the United States, and has the largest municipal utility (and one of the dirtiest) in the U.S. With that in mind, we've set out to make LA one of the greenest cities in the Country.
Accomplishing that feat in LA could have huge national implications, both because the City's energy demand is massive (which means that increasing the percentage of clean energy would result in removing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions), and because the world watches Los Angeles: What we do here has the potential to be a model for the rest of the country. And with a new Mayor in office, we have a real opportunity to do something big.
- Helped adopt a new version of the building energy code (the IECC) used in almost 40 states that is 30% more energy efficient than the previous version of the code.
- Helped to implement a statewide program for energy efficiency that resulted in a $65.9 million investment in pilot programs for energy efficiency.
- Helped the City of Santa Monica secure over $2 million in funding to launch a bike share program.
What do you hope to have accomplished by 2015?
Two big things:
- To help launch various bike share pilots in LA County, that will eventually be expanded into an interconnected system across the region.
- To secure a commitment from Mayor Garcetti and the LADWP to invest in clean energy. This means getting over 40% of our energy from clean renewable sources by 2020 (which must include local solar energy, such as a 600 megawatt feed-in-tariff); a quicker timeline to get off coal; a commitment that we won't invest in any new natural gas; a bigger investment in energy efficiency; and more.
What’s your favorite/most unique thing about Global Green?
That we do both project work and policy work. So many groups do just one or the other, but I find it gives us a real advantage when talking to legislators to be able to let them know about the physical projects we are working on in their district—all of which result in cleaner air, more jobs, and dollars saved for their residents.