|On March 26, 2004, the City of Los Angeles swept the California Environmental Protection Agency awards by winning an award in each category for a total of five awards.
The ceremony, held at the the Used Oil Conference in Sacramento, recognizes the Stormwater Program’s Used Oil Outreach efforts for "a public/private partnership that exemplifies outstanding coordination and cooperation in the implementation of a used oil collection program."
The Stormwater Program received this award for the El Sereno public outreach program (conducted in Spring 2003) where staff worked with local community members (auto parts stores, laundromats, local car clubs, swap meets, advertising agencies) to get a oil recycling message to automotive do-it-yourselfers. The public outreach efforts saw a 42% increase in the amount of oil collected at local collection centers.
In addition, Stormwater Program Graphic Designer Oscar Amaro won the Outstanding Personal Achievement Award for his "outstanding service in promoting pollution prevention, the wealth of public outreach materials he has created over his 12-year career with the City’s Stormwater and Used Oil Recycling Public Education Programs, and his personal dedication to improving the environment."