Yesterday was the second PALAPA (Professional Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners Assembly) event at the Hyperion Water Treatment facility on the Pacific shore. PALAPA is a forum for design and environmental professionals to share ideas and techniques of water conservation and sustainable planning in the Greater Los Angeles area. Speakers included a number of public and private practitioners discussing their successes and challenges to moving LA toward improved green infrastructure and conservation.

Serendipitously, the event occurred a day after the release of Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City Plan, the first of its kind for Los Angeles.

Additionally, the Mayor’s Office kicked off a water conservation campaign to assist LA in becoming less water dependent on outside sources.

All in all it’s a great week to be a landscape architect in Los Angeles (LAinLA) when policy, planning and advocacy converge toward a stronger, greener city.