Free sustainability assessments offered to local arts organizations

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Posted May 2, 2013 by The Argonaut in News
Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl and the nonprofit organization Arts:Earth Partnership have launched a
new initiative that they say will support sustainability assessments for local theaters, museums and art galleries.
Rosendahl worked with the city Department of Cultural Affairs to secure a $5,000 grant through the Council Civic Fund to provide the free sustainability-related services. The grant will cover the cost of an assessment for about 12 to 15 businesses and facilities in the 11th District, a spokesperson for Rosendahl said.
“This unique opportunity falls in line with everything I believe in,” said Rosendahl. “This grant will help us grow green businesses in our district by teaching them how to achieve sustainability, become an even better neighbor in their local community, and save money in the long run.”
As part of the assessment process, an Arts:Earth Partnership administrator will review the business for factors such as energy and water use to office supplies and daily operations. The review will inform the art organizations what measures are needed to become a Los Angeles city-recognized green business.
According to Rosendahl’s office, the program is a first in the country for the cultural sector. The Bureau of Sanitation is expected to officially launch the certification program soon.
“This free assessment will go miles towards creating a better environment in our neighborhoods,” said Justin Yoffe of AEP. “There’s already a green mindset here in the Westside arts community but most businesses shy away from the cost of an assessment. Thanks to the councilmember and this grant, we’ll see a real cultural shift in the community.”
Those businesses that receive a green certification are entitled to special discounts and benefits. Current members of the Arts:Earth Partnership include the G2 Gallery and Electric Lodge in Venice, Ruskin Group Theater and Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica, Skirball Cultural Center, Greenway Court Theater, the HaleArt Space.
Information, www.artsearthpartnership.org.

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