A Roadmap to Green Manufacturing in Los Angeles: Policies, Planning, and Partnerships for Quality Jobs
By the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, UCLA Department of Urban Planning, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy and Green for All
What are the key ingredients in building a thriving, green manufacturing supply chain in the Los Angeles region? In “Towards a Roadmap to Green Manufacturing in Los Angeles: A Preliminary Assessment,” we envision what it would take to transform Los Angeles into a manufacturing hub of suppliers for a new generation of transit and alternative fuel vehicles. Using a mixed methods approach that combines field survey data with a quantitative analysis of firm and employee characteristics, the report offers a typology of manufacturing suppliers and three key findings:
- There is not a well-organized, transportation-related supply chain in Los Angeles.
- Large-scale, sustained demand is needed in order to grow and better organize such a supply chain.
- The greatest potential for a regional manufacturing strategy lies in targeting larger, well-established firms (primarily in aerospace and electronics industries) who remain competitive by serving niche product markets.