Santa Monica City Councilwoman Pam O’Connor, who is also a director of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA or Metro), was presented with the first Board of Supervisors Green Leadership Award by Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke at the supervisors’ weekly meeting, Tuesday, November 18th.

“Pam’s leadership and personal commitment to the environment has put both the city of Santa Monica and MTA on the national stage,” Burke said. “As a councilmember, Pam’s ability to motivate and inspire others has led to revolutionary innovations, including the adoption of the first local green building code and the Solar Santa Monica initiative.”

O’Connor received the inaugural award in acknowledgement of her leadership to enhance community livability and environmentally sustainable climate protection throughout the entire region.

Last Earth Day (April 22nd), Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Burke urged the county to implement a Green Leadership Award program to showcase the diverse local achievements occurring throughout Los Angeles.

As chair of MTA, O’Connor’s leadership was fundamental in establishing a sustainability committee to ensure that MTA reduces its own operational environmental footprint, and has led MTA to partner with other stakeholders to implement regionally effective climate adaptation strategies, the supervisors noted.