Working with our Communities to Conserve Resources
Water has become a scarce resource within southern California. Although it falls freely from the sky, it is wasted as a resource when it is streamlined to the Santa Monica Bay via gutters, streets, and storm drains. As rainwater flows over urban hardscapes, it collects trash, oil, grease, and other pollutants along the way, ultimately flowing into the Santa Monica Bay. TBF is dedicated to improving water quality and increasing local water resources by capturing, storing, and/or infiltrating rainwater directly on one’s property before it reaches stormdrains.
With support from SoCalGas, three community compost hubs were built for the Table to Farm Composting for Clean Air Project. The hubs are located at Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) in Inglewood, Gardena, and Lawndale. Together with ECS middle and high school students, we are working with South LA restaurants to compost pre-consumer food scraps.
In 1996 the Boater Education and Outreach Program (BEP) was initiated. Our specific mission is to reduce ocean pollution generated by boating activities. We accomplish our goals through direct outreach, collaboration, and technical assistance. We target reductions for a slew of pollutants, sewage, used oil, household hazardous waste, marine debris, aquatic invasive species, and emerging contaminants from Santa Barbara to San Diego County.
When not handled properly, waste generated at restaurants, like food scraps, fats, oils, grease, and other waste can end up in our storm drain system. In 2008, we launched the Clean Bay Restaurant Certification Program (aka Clean Bay Certified) to recognize restaurants that integrate sustainability and ocean-mindedness into their business practices. Our specific mission is to improve water quality by reducing stormwater runoff pollution generated by restaurant activities.
ReThink Disposable, a technical assistance program of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund, prevents excess waste before it starts by working with local governments, businesses and institutions, and consumers to minimize single-use disposable packaging in food service to conserve resources, prevent waste, and reduce ocean litter pollution. In doing so, food business operators cut costs and improve patrons’ dining experiences. Through a one-year pilot project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Trash Free Waters program, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund partnered with and trained The Bay Foundation to bring ReThink Disposable to Los Angeles.