City of LA and Arts:Earth Partnership Create Sustainable Change

Wed, 08/17/2011 (All day)

Nate Holden Performing Arts CenterLast year, Arts:Earth Partnership (AEP) was engaged by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to conduct sustainability assessments on all city-owned cultural facilities.  That contract has resulted in changes to the City's purchasing practices and other sustainable changes that will be phased into all 700+ city facilities and operations by December 2012. 

This remarkable partnership between the nonprofit, arts-focused AEP and DCA has also created at least ten jobs and provided the City of LA with major cost savings through decreases in CO2 creation and waste management. 

AEP was engaged by the City of Los Angeles under the direction of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the leadership of Dept. of Cultural Affairs Executive Director Olga Garay and Cultural Facilities Manager Ernest Dillihay.  Garay says, "The people at Arts:Earth Partnership understand the cultural sector and have been invaluable in helping to chart a course of cost savings and sustainability at all of our cultural facilities, even in these difficult times.  I encourage all municipalities and arts organizations to get involved."

All of the 19 city-owned cultural facilities that received sustainability assessments are expected to be certified as green businesses by the end of the year.  These include the Los Angeles Theater Center, The Nate Holden PAC, Barnsdall Gallery Theater, Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro and the Sun Valley YAC.  Other local cultural centers in the process of becoming green certified through the program include the Santa Monica Museum of Art and McGroarty Arts Center.  Arts:Earth Partnership will be partnering with the City of Santa Monica on a similar initiative in 2012.

Arts:Earth Parnership was founded in 2006 at the Electric Lodge in Venice, the first 100% renewable energy powered cultural center in Los Angeles. AEP is the official green certification for cultural facilities in Southern California whose member businesses include museums, art galleries, theaters, production offices and cultural centers. To request an assessment or for more information on the Arts and Sustainability movement in Los Angeles please contact Arts:Earth Partnership at aep@electriclodge.org. 

For more information on the partnership between AEP and the Department of Cultural Affairs, please download the press release below.

Photo: Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, creative commons licensed by Flickr user lorcalon.