Municipal

Creating Sustainable Cities is what AEP is all about!

With over 10 years of experience working closely with city staff and elected officials, AEP offers municipalities an innovative whole-systems approach to Sustainability Planning and Program Implementation. AEP understands the culture of municipal employees and seeks to add capacity and work collaboratively and efficiently with staff in order to achieve measureable outcomes in a timely manner. AEP currently has MOU’s with the Cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica to administer their green business certification programs for the Arts & Cultural sector and is a stakeholder in their respective sustainable city plans.

AEP's Sustainability Planning Services
Enables Municipalities to: 

  • Demonstrate commitment to sustainability
  • Expedite resource conversation and costs savings
  • Build strategic community partnerships
  • Improve government transparency and accountability
  • Become "shovel ready" to attract new funding streams 

Menu of Sustainable Planning Services for Municipalities

Sustainable City Plans

  • Assess progress, establish baselines, GHG inventory
  • Establish goals via staff collaboration and multi-stakeholder community outreach
  • Guided by best practices and frameworks (eg. ICLEI and STAR Communities)
  • Plans integrate community vision, clear objectives and targets, and measurable indicators for strategic implementation and tracking progress.  

Sustainable Business Certification Programs


  • Multi-Sector -- including restaurants, retail, offices, hotels, manufacturing plants, auto shops, government and school facilities
  • Comprehensive Approach with Mandatory and Elective Measures including:
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Water Efficiency
    • Resource Reduction and Waste Management
    • Sustainable Procurement
    • Sustainable Landscaping
    • Sustainable Transportation
    • Workplace Well-being [standards based on established frameworks, including STAR Communities Rating System and the Global Reporting Initiative]
    • Unique local measures based on comprehensive surveying of stakeholders
    • Certification Recognized by the State of California 

Sustainability Consulting Services (for Municipalities AND Businesses)

  • Sustainability Assessments – including data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Targeted and Comprehensive Sustainability Program Development
  • Resource Efficiency and Waste Reduction Programs
  • Stakeholder Outreach & Education including:
    • Sustainability Surveys and Focus Groups
    • Sustainability Presentations & Trainings

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 We look forward to working with you and your community to achieve your sustainability goals and create a sustainable future!

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“The people at Arts Earth Partnership understand the cultural sector and have been invaluable in helping to chart a course of cost savings and sustainability at all of our cultural facilities, even in these difficult economic times. I encourage all municipalities and arts organizations to get involved.” Olga Garay, LA DCA Director 2007-2014
“We learned so much from AEP in the process of becoming certified. Knowing how to become environmentally responsible is extremely motivating.” Suzzane Isken, Executive Director, Craft and Folk Art Museum
“AEP has been an indispensable partner to the Historic Lankershim Arts Center. The certification process revealed wasteful tendencies we were not even aware of. Many of the changes required to qualify for the partnership were quite easy to make. Thanks to AEP, we are now on a path to a sustainable future.” Joe Calarco, Managing Director, Lankershim Arts Center

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