The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has been “Green Business Certified,” along with The Lobster restaurant in Santa Monica, which has a new highly visible solar installation project.

The Santa Monica Chamber is a founding partner of the Green Business Certification program, a partnership with Sustainable Works, the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau. The program recognizes local businesses that “go green.”

The green movement at both the chamber and The Lobster were spearheaded by new chamber president/chief executive officer Laurel Rosen.

“The Lobster restaurant is an ideal location for solar installation because of its visibility and world-renowned reputation for excellence,” said Rosen. “I look forward to continuing to spread the green word as president of the Santa Monica Chamber, whose innovative partnership with the city on green business initiatives showcases our community’s priority to create a sustainable economy for our future.”

The Santa Monica Chamber office features artificial turf along their front sidewalk, which saves costs on landscape maintenance and lowers water bills. Office staff recycles mixed paper, cans, plastic and glass and prints cartridges. They also have a public collection box for batteries and cell phones.

The chamber partners with local environmental nonprofit organizations such as Heal the Bay and Sustainable Works for many chamber events, including the upcoming Health and Wellness Festival, which will be held Saturday, April 26th, on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

The chamber stocks nontoxic, biodegradable multipurpose cleaner, dish soap and organic hand soap.

The chamber also hosts the annual Sustainable Quality Award luncheon ceremony honoring local businesses for their green efforts.

The chamber 2008 Business Directory will feature local sustainable business efforts.

The newly Green Business Certified Lobster restaurant features classic American Seafood that is sustainably certified wild caught or farm raised. Its most recent accomplishment is installing a nine-kilowatt solar panel system through the Solar Santa Monica program

The restaurant’s public restrooms have motion sensor sinks installed with 1.28 gallon per minute high efficiency faucet aerators.

The Lobster makes use of natural sunlight in the dining area, which looks over the Santa Monica Bay and the bar area integrates LED (light-emitting diode) spotlights. It regularly stocks two Green Seal-certified chemicals and its staff receives financial incentives to commute using alternative transportation.

Metro bus passes are obtained in bulk quantities, so staff can purchase passes at a discount. The Lobster, located near the Santa Monica Pier, also stocks local Big Blue Bus Route Map information to distribute upon request to customers and employees.

Information on Santa Monica Certified Green Business, www. smgbc.org/; and on Solar Santa Monica, www.solarasantamonica.com/.

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