Sandy Springs resident Steve Levetan, senior vice president of Pull-A-Part, a used automotive parts retail business, recently was selected as the WSB-TV’s Going Green Champion of the Week, which recognizes individuals and businesses that actively support green initiatives to improve the local environment.

An Atlanta native, Levetan has been an active member in the recycling industry since joining the family business in 1970 while still a student at Georgia Tech. His grandfather started a scrap metal business, Dixie Iron and Metal Co., in Atlanta in 1919. Following World War II, Levetan’s father and uncle entered the business, expanding it into a full-service scrap metal processing operation.

When Steve and his family sold their business in 1986, he formed Resource Services, an environmental consulting firm and began lobbying, representing both trade associations and individual companies in the recycling industry. He drafted language adopted by several states that clarified recyclable materials destined for recycling are not solid waste – a distinction that has allowed recycling to flourish, without the unnecessary regulation that would result if categorized as waste handling.

In 2004, Steve joined Pull-A-Part, LLC, as senior vice president, directing the company’s community and governmental relations, as well as environmental and regulatory compliance. He is a former chair of Keep Sandy Springs/North Fulton Beautiful, and is currently a Board Member of the Sandy Springs Conservancy.