Santa Monica: Sustainable Quality Award winners announced

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Posted February 21, 2013 by The Argonaut in News
The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Works and the city of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment recently announced the winners of the 2013 Sustainable Quality Awards.
Yogitoes, a yoga products company making sustainable yoga tools that integrate need with design, won one of the event’s three grand prizes.
Yogitoes offers products made with recycled content and interacts with the community through their experience lab, providing a retail space and a venue to host special events supporting environmental and wellness efforts, event organizers said.
“We are thrilled to highlight so many great businesses this year,” said Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce President Laurel Rosen.
The Sustainable Quality Awards Grand Prize is awarded to businesses for combined excellence in three areas: economic development, social responsibility and stewardship of the natural environment.
The other two winners were the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden.
A founding partner of the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau’s environmental policies include energy efficiency, natural lighting, environmentally preferable purchasing and walking or biking for local errands.
Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium won a Sustainability Quality Award for
excellence in economic development and stewardship of the environment. The latest aquarium exhibit focuses on educating people about Los Angeles water, where it comes from and why it is a resource to be conserved, event organizers noted.
Santa Monica Place was also honored for excellence in economic development.
Certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold since 2012, Santa Monica Place has implemented features such as waterless urinals, high efficiency faucets, and automatic sensor fixtures that reduce bathroom water use by 42 percent, organizers said.
In addition, all of the Santa Monica Place shops are involved in the Macerich GIVE Green Gift Card program, which donates a portion of every purchase to American Forest, a conservation non-profit.
Eight of the 12 award winners achieved Santa Monica Green Business Certification, which is a free service for businesses located in Santa Monica.
The 2013 Sustainable Quality Awards luncheon in March will honor this year’s winners and celebrate the more than 100 businesses honored since the awards were launched in 1995.
The event will feature special appearances by actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. and former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl.
“Reaching the 100-plus awards milestone is a remarkable achievement for our community. We congratulate the past and current winners on their exemplary leadership,” said Shannon Parry, assistant director of the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment.
The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica. Pre-paid tickets are $55 for chamber members and $60 for non-members until March 6.
Information, (310) 393-9825 or www.smaqa.com.

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