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Building a Green Future

The site of The Ford, nestled in the Hollywood Hills, was chosen in no small part for its natural beauty—so it’s fitting that we have committed to preserving that beauty by conserving its natural setting. The Ford construction project, completed in 2015, incorporated energy-efficient measures to bring the building into compliance with modern standards. The LA Phil will place environmental sustainability at the core of The Ford’s operations and will coordinate the environmental management plan and green practices that have made the Hollywood Bowl one of America’s great amphitheaters and urban oases. 

Here are a few of the changes we’ve made and will continue to make:

  • Planting drought-tolerant native plants and installing low-water drip irrigation systems

  • Improving access to public transportation

  • Replacing inefficient lighting with efficient LED bulbs throughout the venue

  • Using green practices when caring for the grounds

  • Upgrading our facilities to be in line with environmental best practices

  • Aggressively conserving water, soil, and other natural resources

  • Fostering a friendly habitat for native flora and fauna

  • Educating and encouraging all who love our venue to leave it better than they found it

Shared Stewardship: The LA Phil, LA County, and You

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Los Angeles County are partners in the management of the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford. Over one million people per year combined visit the two venues, and —and we invite them to share in the responsibility of keeping these natural treasures beautiful.



Arrive via Metro

Both the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford are easily accessible via public transportation, which eases congestion and helps reduce greenhouse gases. For more information on how to get to our venues via Metro, click here.


Recycling bins are located throughout both of our venues, and our staff is trained to separate non-recyclable material that may inadvertently get mixed in. Additionally, we’re dedicated to reusing the organic waste that’s created by our groundskeeping crews.

The picnicking tradition is one of the things that makes our venue unique. Enjoy the tradition responsibly by reusing your food and beverage containers and bags, recycling when possible, and depositing the rest in the proper containers. Help us create a strong environmental legacy so The Ford remains an unspoiled place for generations to come.

Taking Steps to Protect the Flora and Fauna

Dozens of animal and bird species and hundreds of native plants call The Ford home, and it’s our responsibility to make sure they’re cared for. Not only do we foster native animals by maintaining as natural an environment as possible, we’ve also emphasized the use of native plants throughout the grounds, which use less water.


Mammals at The Ford:

  • Coyote (Canis latrans)
  • Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
  • Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
  • California ground squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi beecheyi)
  • Mule deer (Odocoileus haemionus)
  • Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginianus)
  • Eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)
  • Brush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani)

Birds at The Ford:

  • Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
  • California quail (Callipepla californica)
  • Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)
  • Western scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
  • Common Raven (Corvus corax)
  • Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
  • Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
  • Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
  • Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus)
  • Band-tailed pigeon (Patagioenas fasciatus)
  • Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura)
  • American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Snakes and lizards at the The Ford:

  • Gopher snake (Pituophis melanoleucus)
  • Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
  • Southern alligator lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
  • Side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana)

Native plants at The Ford:

  • Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
  • Black Sage (Salvia mellifera)
  • Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica)
  • Monkey Flower (Mimulus purpureus)
  • Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)
  • Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
  • Barberry (Berberis fendleri)
  • Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry (Ribes speciosum)
  • Lemonade Berry (Rhus integrifolia)
  • Meadow-rue (Thalictrum flavum)
  • Sugar Bush (Rhus ovata)
  • Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei)
  • California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa)
  • California Lilac (Ceanothus oliganthus)
  • Elderberry (Sambucus cerulea)
  • Scrub Oak (Quercus berberidifolia)
  • Phacelia (Phacelia grandiflora)
  • White Nightshade (Solanum americanum)

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge the Gabrielino Tongva, Gabrielino Kizh, and Fernandeño Tataviam Nations as the traditional stewards of the land now called The Ford.