Category: Planning & Management
The City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation (LASAN) has made great strides in reducing pollutants in the urban water system through Industrial Waste Management’s Source Control and Pretreatment Program, which successfully achieved 93% environmental compliance with local pretreatment standards. Our collaborative approach, communication with our businesses, and public outreach efforts, brought rise to concerns and challenges that our industries are facing. As a result, the LA Industry program was developed to transform a culture of regulation and enforcement to public-private collaboration; working together in a holistic manner to better manage our limited resources and encourage economic development in the City of Los Angeles. LA Industry utilizes green chemistry and a circular economy approach towards developing and nurturing a sustainable future, while stewarding environmental responsibility, economic sustainability, and community vitality. Our Green Chemistry program utilizes the 12 principles of green chemistry and the EPA’s Safer Choice program to identify potential substitutions or chemical alternatives that may reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous waste. Circular economy allows for further sustainability by connecting waste streams from one business/process to serve as inputs for another business/process, which diverts waste from landfills and the sewer system. LA Industry program has enable the City to effectively and efficiently design and expand pollution prevention and sustainability programs that target businesses in the City of Los Angeles to achieve environmental objectives, drive performance, innovation and competitiveness, and stimulate economic growth and development. Since the inception of LA Industry our team has developed case studies and effective strategies of outreach methods to better meet industry needs, which is furthered discussed in this study.