Los Angeles Arts Sustainability Tour

Harnessing the power of the Arts to create sustainable cities

Join Us

FREE Admission

Spoken word performances by Shihan

Live Play Preview

"Painting in Red"

Raffles and Giveaways

Light Breakfast

November 8, 2014
9:30 am - 12 pm
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N. Fairfax Avenue., Los Angeles, CA 90036

LAAST is designed to be a fun, informative, neighborhood-based event featuring art, information and sustainable education.

It's also an opportunity to put a spotlight on the powerful role the arts & cultural sector can play in creating healthy, safe, sustainable cities.

Attendees will learn how to save money by making smart choices that reduce consumption and open access to rebates and services offered by L.A. DWP and the City of Los Angeles.

In addition to the expert presentations, the event will feature breakfast, live entertainment, kids activities, compost pick-up, e-waste and battery recycling, bike valet and free sustainable giveaways (aerators and showerheads, LED lights). Best of all, it's FREE!


Learn About

Climate Change
:Why should I care?

Michael Gunson

Global Change & Energy Program Manager & OCO-2 Project Scientist   |   About >

Los Angeles Sustainability Plan

Susana Reyes

Sustainability Team Senior Analyst
City of Los Angeles

Conserving water is more important than ever!
: Tips, programs and rebates LADWP offers to help you save water indoors and outdoors

Jevon Lam

Civil Engineering Associate   |   About >
LADWP Water Conservation Policy Group

Energy Efficiency and Understanding your Utility Bills
: Learn what a KWH and HCF is and how it affects you!

Adam Meltzer

Director of Environmental Programs, Arts Earth Partnership   |   About >

Energy Efficiency and Understanding your Utility Bills
: Learn what a KWH and HCF is and how it affects you!

Amanda Scarano Carter

Managing Director, Arts Earth Partnership   |   About >

Cycle in LA
: How it affects your eco-system

Greg Laemmle

President and CEO, Laemmle Theatres   |   About >

Michael Gunson

Dr. Michael Gunson is currently the Manager of the Global Change & Energy Program and the Project Scientist for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2). His research interests have primarily focused on the physical and chemical processes of the Earth's atmosphere using space-based instruments. Most recently, through OCO-2 he has been examining ways in which atmospheric measurements of carbon dioxide can help resolve questions as to the sources and sinks of this gas at the surface and how these inform carbon cycle science.

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Claire Bowin

Since joining the Los Angeles Department of City Planning eight years ago, Claire Bowin has spearheaded the development of the City's Green Building Ordinance, the River Improvement Overlay District, the 2010 Bicycle Plan, and the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan. Claire currently leads the Citywide Unit where she is overseeing the development of two General Plan Elements: Mobility Plan 2035 and the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the City, Claire's career spanned a range of design and community development roles including the development of affordable housing, construction project manager, community organizer/peace corps volunteer and most notably 15 years as an art director in the Motion Picture Industry. Claire received a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and since 1986 has called Los Angeles her home.

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Lisa Novick

Lisa Novick earned a B.A. in philosophy from UCLA and a Professional Clear Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from CSULA. Since joining the Theodore Payne Foundation in 2007 as Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Novick has become the Director of Outreach and K-12 Education. Ms. Novick designed and implemented the Foundation's innovative K-12 Education Program, a science and social studies curriculum that incorporates math, art, language arts and kinesthetic learning and is California Department of Education standards-based. As a grant writer for the Foundation, Ms. Novick has raised more than a million dollars for new facilities and the Foundation's education and horticulture programs. Ms. Novick has also designed and installed more than 30 native (and edible) landscapes across the Los Angeles region in schools and public spaces. At the international Eco Summit in October 2012, Ms. Novick presented three Los Angeles case studies in urban ecological restoration through landscaping with native plants at school sites and public commons. A published writer in literary short fiction, Ms. Novick blogs for the Huffington Post and is at work on a book of creative non-fiction.

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Jevon Lam

Jevon Lam supervises the LADWP Water Conservation Policy Group, responsible for establishing water conservation policy, including the development of new local regulations and conservation programs. Mr. Lam also manages the long-term planning of LADWP's water conservation programs and oversees LADWP compliance with the Best Management Practices requirements developed by the California Urban Water Conservation Council. He has 8 years of experience at the City of Los Angeles, which included extensive work on water resources issues, specifically in long-term water demand forecasting and development of LADWP's 2010 Urban Water Management Plan. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and a registered Civil Engineer in California.

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Patricia C. Spinneberg

Patricia C. Spinneberg is a LADWP Program Manager for the Energy Solutions Mass Market Residential Energy Efficiency Group. As Program Manager, she promotes and supports customer participation with energy efficiency programs, including Refrigerator Exchange and Home Energy Improvement Programs. Over the course of her 30 year career with the City of Los Angeles, Ms. Spinneberg has also served as Business Development Manager for the Hollywood Enterprise Zone where she marketed Federal, State and City incentives to Los Angeles Businesses. She also volunteers her time toward several community programs, including LADWP's Adopt-A-School Program, the Springtime Homeowner's Association, and various armed services support groups.

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Adam Meltzer

Since joining the non-profit Arts Earth Partnership 3-1/2 years ago, Adam Meltzer has, with the AEP Board and Executive Director, directed, coordinated and strategized the maturing green business program for the arts in the Greater Los Angeles Area. In 2013 the City of Los Angeles and Santa Monica embraced the AEP program and officially made it part of the city green business program. AEP has 50 arts organizations as members and is creating measurable change within the organizations and our environment.

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Amanda Scarano Carter

Since 2009, Amanda has also found a passion in non-profit work at the intersection of arts and sustainability. Her first foray into this world was working with the Producers Guild of Green Initiative (PGA Green), for which she has served as West Coast Chair since 2011. As part of her work with PGA Green, she works on the steering committee GreenProductionGuide.com, created in conjunction with all the major film studios.

Amanda joined AEP in 2014 as Managing Director and enjoys harnessing the arts to spread the message of sustainability to a the base of artistic disciplines and facilities, represented in Los Angeles.

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Greg Laemmle

Greg Laemmle is the President and CEO of Laemmle Theatres, LLC, a 75-year old family business that is the premiere exhibitor of foreign and true independent cinema in Los Angeles County. Born and raised in LA, Greg graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley in 1987. Having raised their triplet sons and shipped them off to college, Greg and his wife Tish downsized from a 6-bedroom home to a 2-bedroom condo. Further reduction in carbon footprint is achieved as Greg is a daily bicycle commuter. As part of an overall commitment to the health and welfare of the community, Greg serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. He has also been instrumental in the formation and operation of the Laemmle Theatres Charitable Foundation, a private family foundation that has distributed over $850,000 to local Los Angeles charities since it's formation in 2000.

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