The City of Beverly Hills is committed to sustainability practices. Over the years, the City has completed numerous sustainability projects that help reduce energy consumption, increase use of alternative fuel and improve the quality of life in the City. These efforts will continue as the City is committed to protecting the environment and becoming more resilient to the effects of climate change.
As part of the Sustainability Program, the City is launching the inaugural Sustainability Workshop Series beginning in January 2020. There will be three workshop dates that will be discussing 1) Circular Economics (Sustainability and Economics) 2) Food Waste Reduction and 3) Water Resources. The City invites residents and businesses to attend these informative sessions and make Beverly Hills a model of sustainability and resiliency. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works Customer Service at (310) 285-2467 or email AskPW@beverlyhills.org.
Location: Beverly Hills City Hall - 455 N. Rexford Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Room: Municipal Gallery
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Mass urbanization presents a profound set of Civil and Environmental Engineering challenges. Dr. Woodrow W. Clark II tackles the concept of Circular Economics, which is the potential to better utilize byproducts and waste as raw materials and alternative fuel.
Date: January 30, 2020
Speaker: Woodrow W. Clark II
Dr. Woodrow W. Clark II is a Beverly Hills resident and is a long-time advocate for the environment and renewable energy. He was the Technology Transfer Manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the 1990’s and the Renewable Energy Advisor to California Governor Davis. He was also one of the contributing scientists to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007 along with Al Gore. He was a Professor at the University of California at Davis, Riverside and last at Los Angeles, retiring early to focus on writing. Clark was a Research Professor in Economics at Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School, where he focused on Qualitative Economics and Circular Economics as solutions to climate change.Read More...
Wasted food is a growing problem in our modern society. In 2015, more than 39 million tons of food waste was generated, and only 5.3 percent was diverted from landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash. Bernadet Silva-Garcia will cover possible food waste reduction options that can help with this growing problem.
Date: February 12, 2020
Speaker: Bernadet Silva-Garcia
Project Manager for the Los Angeles County Food Redistribution Initiative (LACFRI), which is housed within the LA County Department of Public Health. Bernadet holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy and a master’s degree in Public Health from UC Irvine. She has experience working for other health departments in Orange County and the Tohono O’Odham Nation in Arizona. Bernadet has trained County health inspectors, school food service directors, recycling coordinators, nonprofits, businesses, and others on food waste, source reduction, and best practices for food donation since 2016.Read More...
Drought is a recurring issue in California. Inter-drought periods are becoming shorter, affecting all people, plants, and animals living in the Golden State. Managing our water resources sustainably and preparing for the next drought is important, as one thing we can be certain of is not if but when the next drought will be coming.
Date: March 11, 2020
Speaker: Caryn Mandelbaum
Caryn directs the Water Program at Environment Now and formerly the DiCaprio Foundation, where she oversees a fund dedicated to urban water resiliency and watershed restoration in California. There she empowers partners to use their research and voices to amplify how 21st Century water management strengthens communities, health, and the environment.Read More...