Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Los Angeles County, partners in the management of one of America's great amphitheaters and urban oases, know that it's not enough to say you're green – you have to practice AND preach it. Over one million people per year visit the Hollywood Bowl, and it's our commitment to share our environmentally-sound and conservationist practices with each and every one of them – and we invite them to share in the responsibility of keeping this natural treasure beautiful – naturally.
Getting There The Green Way
Let's face it – the Bowl wasn't built with your car in mind, and the growing popularity getting to the Bowl via public transportation proves that sometimes it's best to leave the car at home. We partnered with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring you these programs starting in 1953, and that partnership is still going strong. Together with the MTA, we've implemented "Know Before You Go" to help Bowl patrons in getting to the Bowl the green way, and if you choose to arrive on two wheels instead of four, you can even park your bike for free.
What We're Doing
The Bowl's "Green Team," made up of LAPA and LA County staff members, is charged with spearheading the Bowl's green initiatives and conservation efforts, but we're open to suggestions. That's where you come in.
Did you know the Bowl is a leader in recycling green waste? It would be easy to throw away all the waste that's a natural by-product of keeping the venue green and growing – but active environmental stewardship isn't about doing the easy thing. We don't toss it – we clip it, we chip it and we reuse it to help keep the Bowl green.
Not only are there recycling bins located throughout the venue to handle the recyclable waste that builds up during our concerts, but we're not content to let recyclable items languish among non-recyclables. Our dedicated Bowl staff roots out the stuff most people might miss and makes sure it gets to the recycling bin.
Every Drop Counts
Water conservation is a big deal here in Southern California, so it's no surprise that a leader in resource management like the Bowl takes an active and engaged role in doing its part to save this precious resource. You may have noticed some funny-looking toilets in the Bowl restrooms since 2007 – that's when we installed waterless urinals and flush-reducing toilets. Sounds like a small step, right? Think again – with that investment, the Bowl reduced its water consumption by 3.5 million gallons in that first year alone.
Speaking of upgrades, we've also installed a nifty little thing called a "satellite-based irrigation system," which tracks rainfall around the Bowl itself and irrigates accordingly, based on the recent amount of rainfall and the needs of the local fauna rather than a simple timer. Again, this simple, common-sense based decision has reduced our water use by 10%. Just like you, we don't water unless it's needed.
Keeping It Clean
Short of putting a dome over the Bowl, there's no way we can completely stop airborne pollutants from affecting the Bowl – especially when it comes to water runoff, where pollutants can wreak havoc on drinking water for both humans and wildlife. We can, however, do everything we can to keep runoff clean, so we've installed stainless steel grates at water intakes, as well as installed special filters so we can clean the water we use for irrigation and for keeping the Bowl (including Bowl vehicles) clean and operating efficiently.