Experience



L2 has extensive sustainability experience in the below services:

  • Zero waste planning
  • Zero waste government and corporate trainings
  • Waste characterization and generation studies
  • Rource reduction and recycling policies
  • Resource management and zero waste program design and implementation
  • Environmental preferred purchasing programs
  • Equipment recommendation
  • RFPs and contract preparation
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Grant writing and administration
  • Promotional material and manual development and design
  • Program recognition through awards and media articles

L2 Current and Past Client

  • Airport: Los Angeles International Airport
  • Colleges: University of Maryland, Cal State University of Los Angeles, Sonoma State University, Pasadena Art Center College of Design, University of California Irvine
  • Convention Centers: Los Angeles Convention Center, Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo Center, Cow Palace
  • Corporations: Nestle Waters North America, Anheuser-Busch, Bestway Recycling, Environmental Event Management Group, Athens Disposal
  • Events: Newark Dodge Poetry Festival, 500+ City of Los Angeles sponsored events, Christopher Street West Festival 2005 – 2007, California Strawberry Festival 2007 – 2009, University of California Los Angeles Football Games 2002 – 2011, Rose Bowl Games 2002 – 2011, Bowl Championship Series Games, Sustainable Sonoma Exhibit, Ohio State Fair, San Ramon Art and Wind Festival and Forth of July event.
  • Fairgrounds: Ohio Expo Center, Sonoma County Fairgrounds
  • Government:  CalRecyle, City of Newark, Pentagon, EPA Region 9, CalRecycle, Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, South Bayside Waste Management Authority, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, City and County of San Francisco, City of Irvine, City Rancho Palos Verdes, City Lakewood, City of Baldwin Park, San Mateo County, Portland METRO, City of San Ramon, City of Pasadena, City of Monterey Park, Richland, Washington, Kititas, Washington
  • Housing Developments: Christopherson Homes (5 residential developments)
  • Non Profits: California Product Stewardship Council, Keep America Beautiful, Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District, Keep California Beautiful
  • Parks and Campsites: Oregon Blue Lake Park, Oregon Oxbo Park
  • Performing Arts Centers: Music Center of Los Angeles County, Disney Hall, San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Portland Center for Performing Arts
  • Stadiums: Candlestick Park (49ers), Rose Bowl Stadium
  • Tourist Destinations: San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, Olvera Street of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Zoo, St. Louis Zoo
Project Descriptions

Create and Implement the Fisherman’s Wharf into a Zero Waste Zone for the Fishermen’s Wharf Community Benefit District

Under L2’s guidance, the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) was awarded a two-year, $80,000 grant to develop and implement a zero waste program for area restaurants, fast food establishments, hotels, tourist destinations, retail shops, fishing industry, fleets, special events, and public spaces. Phase one of the project is to identify the largest generators and develop a zero waste programs.  This includes organizing stakeholder meetings, leading zero waste dialogs with the FWCBD Board of Directors, the Merchants Association, the sustainability team, and the San Francisco Port Authority, and presenting on zero waste at workshops and other Wharf events and meetings.  Audits are being conducted to determine current diversion rates, equipment needs, and service level modifications. L2 is coordinating the implementation of the zero waste program with the waste hauler, the City and County of San Francisco, consultants, and a network of educators that will assist in training staff on the zero waste procedures.  Businesses are also requested to adopt a zero waste goal.  Phase two of the grant is to expand the zero waste program to include special events held in the FWCBD district and the remaining FWCBD members that were not included in the phase one (i.e. public spaces, etc.). L2 has organized a mandatory bag ban forum for all retail shops located on Pier 39 and organized a reusable bag purchasing agreement for the tenants.   A website has been developed to include information on the zero waste program and highlight companies that have achieved zero waste.  Most recently, a zero waste recognition program has been organized to formally recognize businesses that achieve over 90% diversion rate and over a 75% diversion rate.  The goal is to have the participates achieve zero waste (90% diversion rate) by 2017, 3-years ahead of the City and County of San Francisco’s own zero waste goal by 2020.

 

Design and Develop a Comprehensive Diversion Program at the Pasadena Rose Bowl

Starting in January 2002, Leslie has been working with the City of Pasadena to implement a comprehensive diversion program at the UCLA football season, the Rose Bowl Games, and the Bowl Championship Series Games.   Leslie secured $85,000 in grant funding to assist in the funding the program start-up costs.  Responsibilities over the past 10 years include overseeing all recycling, reuse, and waste minimizing program components, managing a recycling crew comprised of over 60 individuals, setting up a donation program for food, construction and demolition materials, plants, and center pieces, designing diversion programs for special events, and developing a recycling education campaign throughout the Rose Bowl.  Leslie prepares the agenda and coordinates and leads the planning meetings between the Rose Bowl, City of Pasadena, Diamond Cleaning, and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.  For the Rose Bowl Game, Leslie implements the recycling program at the alumni parties, corporate hospitality event, VIP luncheon, tailgate luncheon, media tent, and the area H tailgate event.  Recycling is coordinated between many organizations including Brookside Golf Course, Prime Sport, and catering companies.  Leslie also coordinates a comprehensive donation program where food and flowers are given to the Foothill Unity Center.   A presentation was also given to key stakeholders showing the recycling achievements since the start of the program. Leslie coordinated a recycling competition in partnership with Unite for Green at the 2010 University California of Los Angeles and University of Southern California football game.  This included training and organizing over thirty students from both schools on how to collect recyclables at the game then determining which school recycled the most materials.  Recycling efforts are currently being coordinated at the 2012 UCLA football season and the 2013 Rose Bowl Game.   The Rose Bowl recycling program diverts over 75% of the materials from the landfill generated at the UCLA Football games and the Rose Bowl Game

 

Prepare a Zero Waste Strategic Plan for the City of Pasadena

L2 is collaborating with HDR to prepare a Zero Waste Strategic Plan (ZWSP) for the City of Pasadena.  The ZWSP will be used as a guide to help the city minimize waste, increase recycling and composting, and conserve resources.  The city became a signatory to the Urban Environmental Accords and adopted a Green City Action Plan in 2006 and has a target to increase waste diversion by 75% by 2015 and achieve zero waste by 2040.  One of the most important factors to a successful Zero Waste program is ensuring that the policies, programs and facilities identified in the plan meet the community’s needs and are embraced by the community’s stakeholders. L2 is leading a series of workshops to communicate the ZWSP and engage businesses and residential communities to participate in the development of the plan.  The team will gather baseline information of existing policies, programs, and facilities as it relates to zero waste.  A zero waste strategic plan is being produced that will include waste prevention goals, guiding principles, policy, program and facility initiatives, and a phasing schedule with the diversion percentages and tonnage estimates projected.

 

Implement a Diversion Program at the Los Angeles County Music Center

L2 has been coordinating recycling efforts at the Los Angeles County Music Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ballet, Opera, and Performing Arts since 2012.   L2 prepared and secured a $65,000 grant that was awarded to the Music Center. All aspects of the grant program were managed and responsibilities included enhancing the diversion and waste minimization program, training and educating staff, setting up on-site collection logistics, reviewing waste management contracts, establishing recycling hauling contracts, and developing education materials. L2 created a recycling education pieces, including a brochure, employee recycling guideline, handouts, and inserts.  Through the years, L2 has gradually made improvements to the recycling system that resulted in an increase in the diversion rate.  In 2011, a food waste collection program was designed and implemented.  Currently, the Music Center diverts an estimated 60% of the materials generated and recycles and composts over 350 tons of material annually.  The Music Center saves over $10,000 in avoided disposal fees and $2,000 in revenue from the sale of the recyclables.

 

Zero Waste Venues and Events Instructor for the California Resource Recovery Association Certification Course

For the past 5 years the California Resource Recovery Association has managed a resource management certification course to train job skills to those wanting to work in the industry.   Leslie is an instructor of the Zero Waste Venues and Events certification course.  Course syllabus was created for a three-hour training course that is presented to students enrolled in the certification program.  The course introduces students to zero waste principles and to the development of zero waste programs at large venues and events.

 

Organize and Manage the Sonoma County Bag Ban Forum held February 2011

L2 and four community leaders collaborated efforts to form the ReduceSingleUse.org campaign.  The goal is to promote environmental protection initiatives and lead the bag ban dialog in Sonoma County.  L2 worked closely with the Sonoma County Supervisor, the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA), environmental organizations, and concerned citizens to organize a Bag Ban Forum to educate the public on the issues, challenges, and concerns regarding paper and plastic bags.  L2 recruited experts to represent varying positions from the government, the grocer, and the plastic bag industry perspective.  L2 coordinated the public relations activities for the event and worked directly with the media, including print and web based social marketing, to promote the Forum and bag bans throughout California, the nation, and the world.  While organizing the Forum, L2 worked closely with the SCWMA in providing draft bag ban ordinances so they can prepare a version for Sonoma County to adopt.  The SCWMA sent letters to all Sonoma County grocery stores, both large and small, to gather support and to encourage their involvement in developing a unified approach to banning single-use bags in Sonoma County.  The ReduceSingleUse.org campaign continues to lead the bag ban efforts and works closely with the SCWMA to make this happen.

 

Feasibility Study at Fort Hood Army Installation and Four Surrounding Communities in Texas

L2 collaborated with SCS Engineers to conduct a regional recycling feasibility study located at Fort Hood Army Installation (Fort Hood) and four surrounding communities in Texas.  Fort Hood and city waste audits were conducted to gather pertinent information to help a local partnership make informed decisions that benefit the quadruple bottom line for this region: people, planet, profit, and mission.  Data was collected from interviews, meetings, research, reviewing existing reports, evaluating studies provided by the participating entities, and visiting existing recycling centers in the area.  Focus groups and stakeholder meetings were conducted to inform the community about the recycling feasibility study and to solicit feedback.  Based on the information obtained, a final report was produced that identified the methods and approach to developing a unified vision for managing recyclable materials, constraints to the program, and resolutions for implementation.  Recommendations included establishing a Pay-As-You-Throw system and expanding the materials recovery facility located at Fort Hood.  Fort Hood is reviewing the report and once the plan is approved the consulting team will present the plan to Fort Hood’s Garrison Commander, City Mayors, City Managers, City Council members, staff, businesses and residents.

 

Zero Waste Planning Assistance in Brazil

In 2010, the Brazilian Government passed the National Policy of Waste Management. The new legislation provides materials management guidelines, regulates reporting requirements, enforces a shared responsibility of managing materials, and declares zero waste as a goal.   In 2011, L2 is working with Novociclo, a Brazilian recycling corporation, to present zero waste principles to the Rio Grande de Sol State Sports Minister and Director of Sustainability, Porto Alegre Football Stadium Manager, the Santa Catarina State Department of Education, the Florianopolis Visitors and Travel Bureau, and the Brazilian Supermarket Association. The Federation International Football Association (FIFA) has adopted zero waste as a goal for the World Cup and L2 is positioned to assist in the development of a zero waste plan and the implementation of the program at the Porto Alegre stadium.

 

Associate to the California Product Stewardship Council

In 2011, L2 was contracted by the California Product Stewardship Council to help promote a shift in California’s product management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste diversion to one that relies on producer responsibility in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability.   L2 gave extended producer responsibility (EPR) presentations to various organizations including environmental committees, city councils, business organizations, haulers, environmental groups, and more.  L2 worked with the organizations to prepare and pass EPR resolutions and gather support for the cause.

 

Project Manager, Design and Coordinate the Sustainable Sonoma Exhibit at the Sonoma County Fair

L2 was hired to design and coordinate the Sustainable Sonoma exhibit at the 2009, 2010, and 2012 Sonoma County Fair.  The 8,000-foot exhibit hall promotes simple ways to go green locally through informative exhibitors, engaging speakers, hands-on demonstrations, food sampling, and special attractions. Sustainable Sonoma activities included organizing, coordinating, and managing the following:

  • Green Speaker Series: Environmental industry leaders were recruited for conducting presentations that promote healthy living and sustainability.
  • Exhibitors: From products to services, selected exhibitors showcased sustainable services, products, and organizations.  Exhibitors represented various facets of the environment including energy and water conservation, recycling, solar energy, community sustainable agriculture, and local and statewide government environmental programs.
  • Children’s Activity Area: The attraction was designed in partnership with the Sonoma County Environmental Discovery Museum and included games and fun activities appreciated by both children and their parents.
  • Tastes of Sonoma: Modeled after a Farmer’s Market, this busy area hosted six organic farmers, ranchers and artisan producers daily that integrate sustainable practices in producing organic foods. Local Chefs hosted cooking classes and offered free samples of featured products sourced within 150 miles.
  • Eco-Artists:The Eco-Art area showcased artist’s that create environmentally conscious art and products.  These artists transform materials and scrap into something beautiful, useful and meaningful.

 

Design and Implement a Waste Diversion and Minimization Program at the California Strawberry Festival

A comprehensive diversion program was designed and implemented for the 2007, 2008, and 2009 California Strawberry Festival.  The 2-day festival attracts 70,000 attendees, 50 food and beverage concessionaires, and 420 arts and craft booths.  Responsibilities include preparing the festival’s sustainability programs plan, developing the diversion program policies and procedures for staff, vendors, concessionaires, and attendees, identifying equipment and products needed to make the event eco-friendly, informing and train volunteers, vendors, concessionaires, and festival staff on diversion program procedures through presentations and printed materials in contracts supervising and monitoring that volunteers, staff, vendors, and concessionaires are following the diversion procedures, and overseeing all elements of the diversion program during event set-up, event, and post-event clean up. After the 2008 Strawberry Festival, a waste characterization study of festival waste was conducted to determine the amount of recyclable and organic materials that could potentially be recovered through an enhanced diversion program and to assist in future zero waste planning goals.  Future goals include developing an organics collection program and an increase in environmental purchasing.

 

Create Zero Waste Plan and Implement Initiatives at Össur International

Össur is the global leader in orthopedics and prosthetics.  In 2012, L2 was contracted by Össur International to develop sustainability and zero waste practices.  L2 is preparing the plan for Össur to achieve zero waste.  A green team has been established and members include a representative from each department within the company.  A pilot recycling and composting program is being established and single-use items in the kitchen are being replaced with reusable items.  Green purchasing requirements are being established.   Engineers are assessing zero waste principles for future incorporation into the design and manufacturing of prosthetics.

 

Organize Two National Recycling Symposiums for Keep America Beautiful

L2 was contracted by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to organize two national symposium scheduled October 2010 and 2011.  The symposium topics were public space recycling and behavioral change to maximize recycling and minimize waste.  L2 assembled a national panel of experts to present and discuss challenges and solutions to significantly expand the access to recycling.  Symposium attendees included recycling professionals, corporate sustainability directors, KAB recycling partners and affiliates, and recycling stakeholders. L2 managed and implemented all aspects of the symposium hotel and event site contract negotiations, food contracts, planning logistics, speaker selection and management, sponsor negotiations, and attendee logistics.  L2 recruited speakers from around the state and nation to lead roundtable discussions, participate in panel dialog, and/or make presentations to attendees.

 

Design Bottle Responsibility Plan for Nestle Waters North America

L2 was contracted by Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) to assess the viability of NWNA’s Bottle Responsibility plan as well as research alternate plans to implement a recycling program at public places. Items being researched included equipment, collection systems, and potential partnerships (both private and/or public).   Options considered included a cost assessment that was compared in a spreadsheet format along with qualitative rankings.  Possible options considered included a grant program approach with targeted groups (i.e. little league, jurisdictions, beaches, etc.).  Each alternate plan included infrastructure changes with regards to collection receptacle types and placement, collection equipment routing, collection responsibilities, and educational and awareness programs to help increase recycling participation.

L2 was also hired by NWNA to present information on developing a zero waste plan to Starwood Hotels, a major client of NWNA.  L2 researched various sustainability initiatives and compiled data for Starwood.  L2 also researched recycling and composting sites where the largest concentration of Starwood Hotels are located to target pilot locations to implement zero waste.

 

Design and Implement 4 Zero Waste Events for the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

Hired by the EPA to work with staff, conference coordinators, and conference venue staff to design, implement, and promote the collection of organic and recyclable materials at four EPA sponsored events in San Francisco, ranging from a cultural special event to an industry conference.  The events were held at either the EPA Region 9 headquarters or at large conference hotels.  Tasks include establishing written guidelines on procedures for measuring weights of materials collected for composting and recycling, Zero Waste Event procedures, and basic contact information for planning future internal and external green events.  Appropriate diversion promotional announcements (e-mails, conference program, vendor contracts) were drafted to promote site-specific zero waste procedures, and to train staff.  Efforts were coordinated with hotel management, cleaning managers, and food services managers to design and implement the waste minimization and diversion collection procedures. All aspects of the diversion program were overseen at each of the events through the set-up, event, and teardown phases.

 

Design and Implementation of “Zero Waste” Diversion Program at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Responsibilities included educating in-house and contracted staff on new recycling procedures, selecting and ordering recycling equipment, coordinating recycling collection with local hauler, managing recycling program sponsorships with recognizable public and private entities. $85,000 in grant funding was secured to pay for equipment and education and outreach materials.

 

Data Gathering of Types and Quantities of Waste Generated and Development and Implementation of Improvements to the Pentagon’s Recycling Program in Washington, DC

Based on the information, alternative approaches were recommended to achieve significant waste reduction through recycling, reuse, and source reduction activities at the Pentagon.  A waste diversion and reduction implementation plan was prepared based on a waste audit and review of the waste handling procedures.  Recycling program components included strategic recycling bin placement, recycling green team development, training, material collection and transportation, staging area logistics, and program design.