AdvocacyCompliance & EducationMembership ⚬ Collaboration


The Industrial Environmental Association of Southern California (IEA) is a non-profit organization that serves the region’s manufacturing companies. The IEA advocates on behalf of industry to influence legislation and facilitates environmental compliance for its member companies through education and training.

Established in 1983 to provide manufacturers with a voice in the growing number of environmental regulations arising in California, IEA’s expanded role now includes representing industry at the local and state levels, maintaining collaborative relationships with regulatory bodies, facilitating compliance for member companies, and leading proactive educational and training activities. Today, the IEA is an influential representative of the manufacturing industry and its members are recognized as thought leaders in regulatory compliance, as well as environmental health and safety experts.

The IEA has proven that through strong relationships, effective collaboration, and engagement in the legislative process, it is possible to both protect the environment and promote the manufacturing industry, thus improving quality of life for businesses in the region.


On behalf of its members, the IEA:

  • Coordinates and represents a unified and powerful voice for the industry
  • Advocates for responsible, cost-effective environmental laws and regulations
  • Urges reliance on scientific and analytical data to evaluate regulations
  • Maintains strong, collaborative relationships with regulatory bodies
  • Works closely with government officials at city, county, and state levels
  • Provides educational activities for the industry and the community, including technical workshops, written papers, committees, and an annual conference

The IEA diligently maintains valuable relationships with governmental and regulatory agencies. This collaboration has created open and direct lines of communication between member companies and decision makers, helped insure cost-effectiveness criteria, and ultimately enhanced compliance among member companies.

Compliance and Education

IEA assists members in protecting their company’s compliance record and reducing regulatory fines through numerous educational and training events. In addition, IEA members themselves are an invaluable resource for environmental compliance.

  • Industry news is monitored and share frequently
  • Informative sessions are organized with industry thought leaders
  • IEA provides a central place for the manufacturing community to communicate potential issues in real time, collaborate, and stay ahead of regulations
  • IEA member events and committee meetings provide exclusive opportunities for collaboration and networking.


Our unique membership composition of industrial environmental compliance professionals combined with expert environmental consulting firms provides a wealth of knowledge and valuable networking and professional development opportunities. For a list of full member benefits, see here.

Industry dues are $6,000 annually and full membership is reserved for manufacturing companies with a history of strong environmental compliance. The IEA protects its members and preserves its influence by insisting on this as a matter of policy. Additional membership options exist for companies related to the manufacturing industry, including Associate Memberships, Small Business Memberships, and Student Memberships. Space is limited. Learn more by contacting Joelle Burila, Membership & Communications Coordinator.

In addition, the IEA pursues Collaborating Partnerships with complimentary organizations and individuals in the region and statewide to maintain open communication channels and shared knowledge.

Member Companies

  • Alta Environmental
  • BAE Systems
  • Baker Commodities
  • BlueScape Environmental
  • Brown & Caldwell
  • Callaway Golf
  • Calpine
  • CH2M
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Cobham Defense Electronics
  • Continental Maritime of San Diego
  • CP Kelco
  • Cubic Defense Applications, Inc.
  • Dentons LLP
  • Dexcom, Inc.
  • Environmental Law Group
  • Farmer John
  • Genentech
  • General Atomics
  • General Dynamics NASSCO
  • Geosyntec Consultants
  • GHD
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics
  • Hower Consulting Group
  • Illumina, Inc.
  • Ionis Pharmaceuticals
  • Johnson Matthey Inc.
  • JL StormWater Consultants
  • Kleinfelder
  • Kyocera International
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Mitsubishi Cement
  • M.S. Hatch Consulting
  • Nexeo Solutions
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • NRG Energy
  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals
  • Pillsbury Law
  • Poseidon Resources Corp.
  • Qualcomm Inc.
  • Republic Services
  • Saint Gobain-Solar Gard
  • SCS Engineers
  • SDG&E
  • Sespe Consulting, Inc.
  • Sheffield Platers
  • Snyder Geologic
  • Solar Turbines
  • Sony Electronics
  • Southern California Edison
  • Stantec/MWH Global
  • TRC Solutions
  • UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Goodrich)
  • Versum Materials


Collaborating Partners

  • Navy Region Southwest; Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
  • UC San Diego, Valerie Fanning, Environmental Compliance Officer
  • UC San Diego, Tod Ferguson, Hazardous Materials Business Plan Manager
  • San Diego State University, Bill Lekas
  • Cleantech San Diego

Academic Liaisons

  • Jane Teranes, Ph.D., Environmental Systems Program, UC San Diego
  • Marie Vicario, Program Coordinator and Professor, Southwestern College
  • Daniel Hopwood, Environmental Health and Safety Management Department Coordinator, Cuyamaca College
  • Richard Gersberg, Ph.D., EH Division Head and Professor, Division of Environmental Health, San Diego State University
  • Jan Kleissl, Ph.D., UC San Diego

Boards & Commissions

IEA holds a Board seat or is a member of the following local organizations:

  • Business Leadership Alliance (BLA)
  • San Diego Environmental Professionals (SDEP)
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • East Village Association
  • San Diego Port Tenants Association
  • Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)
  • Water Reliability Coalition (WRC)
  • Cleantech San Diego

IEA’s membership collectively participates on over 85 boards, committees, and work groups throughout the region.

Public Policy Partners in Sacramento

  • California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA)
  • Chemical Industry Council of California (CICC)
  • American Chemistry Council
  • California Chamber of Commerce