The City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce have announced this year’s finalists for the Sustainable Quality Awards:

Allen Janitorial Supply, The Ambrose Hotel, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica, California Recycles, EDSA, Euphoria CafÈ, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Patagonia, RAND Corporation, UnUrban Coffeehouse, and Waldorf ECC.

For 11 years, the Sustainable Quality Awards have honored local organizations and businesses that make extraordinary contributions to the Santa Monica community.

The awards celebrate achievements in economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the natural environment.

“Versatile, dynamic, responsive, and profitable businesses are the driving force for sustainable communities and contribute to the ongoing integration and resolution of environ- mental, social and economic challenges,” said Kathy Dodson, president and chief executive officer of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

Judging will take place this month and winners will be honored at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, May 2nd, and at the Santa Monica Festival Saturday, May 13th.

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia Incorporated and author of Let My People Go Surfing, will be keynote speaker for the chamber luncheon, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Le Merigot hotel, 1740 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Chouinard began his career designing, manufacturing, and distributing rock climbing equipment in the 1950s.

In 1964, he produced the Patagonia mail-order catalog and the company’s worldwide sales now top $240 million annually.

He has an environmentally friendly philosophy on product design and management, event planners say.

“Chouinard has demonstrated that it is possible to blend work, play, and social duty into a successful business model,” said Shannon Parry, a spokesperson for the City of Santa Monica.

The City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce host the Sustainable Quality Awards to shine light on the importance of sustainable business practices.

“To this principle, we must hold firm,” said Deborah Davis, former president of Cleaner by Nature and a past award winner.

“It is the responsibility of all business leaders to use the resources we have today to cultivate our economic and social abundance for the future,” she said.

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