Moby, Patagonia, Dr. Bronner’s and many local businesses receive Sustainable Business Council accolades

Local Roots CEO Eric Ellestad, L.A. Kitchen President Robert Egger and Activist Award honoree Moby Photo by Jon Weinberg

Local Roots CEO Eric Ellestad, L.A. Kitchen President Robert Egger and Activist Award honoree Moby
Photo by Jon Weinberg

By Regan Kibbee

Musician and activist Moby, Patagonia Inc. CEO Rose Marcario and Dr. Bronner’s (represented by CEO David Bronner) received special recognition last month during SolarCity’s 5th annual Sustainable Business Council Industry Achievement Awards.

Based in Santa Monica, the nonprofit Sustainable Business Council provides educational support to help businesses improve operations and productivity while reducing their ecological impact.

More than 400 people attended the April 19 award ceremony at the Italian Villa style Lexus Santa Monica building on Santa Monica Boulevard.

The Industry Achievement Awards spotlight organizations, individuals or projects that have made a significant impact on the sustainability industry.

In addition to special honorees Moby, Marcario and Dr. Bronner’s, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti received the Best Public Advocate for Sustainability Award.

Sustainable Business Council Executive Director Molly Lavik reported a record number of 70 finalists in six judged award categories.

The indoor vertical farming company Local Roots, which develops high-yield growing techniques with drastically lower water requirements, won the Seedling Small Business Award for companies with less than $100,000 annual revenue.

Finalists in the category included Santa Monica-based solar company Everblaze Inc. and Native State Foods Inc.

Newlight Technologies, which uses commercial carbon capture technology to create plastics from global-warming methane emissions, won the Small Business Award for companies with annual revenue up to $1 million.

Finalists in that category included the Santa Monica-based REthink Development, Marina del Rey-based organic wastewater remediation specialists Aqua Bio Environmental Technologies Inc., and Santa Monica-based clothing maker Vital Hemp.

L.A. Kitchen, a nonprofit catering company that focuses on reducing food waste while training former foster youth and ex-prisoners for culinary industry jobs, received the Sustainable Business Award (revenue over $1 million).

Culver City’s SnackNation, a healthy foods delivery service, Santa Monica’s SHORE Hotel, and Santa Monica snack food producer Barnana were among finalists.

Farm-to-kitchen delivery service Out of the Box Collective won the council’s B Corp Award, for which REthink Development and Barnana were also nominees.

The People’s Choice Award for Sustainable Restaurant went to Plant Food + Wine, located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Locali on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice and Kye’s on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica were also nominated.

“The growing list of finalists each year reflects the increasing number of companies who are concerned with environmental responsibility,” said Sustainable Business Council founder Steve Glenn, who also runs LivingHomes, a design and development company focused on LEED Platinum level prefabricated homes.

Arrivals to the festivities were interviewed on the “green carpet” by ECOfashion pioneer Marci Zaroff, who has been working for social and environmental responsibility in the fashion and textile industries for more than 20 years.

A small group of women modeled the designer fashions of LA Relaxed, made from recycled organic fabrics produced in California.

Moby wore a vintage Black Flag T-shirt.

For more information about the Sustainable Business Council, visit

Chase Maser also contributed to this story.


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The Venice Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop on April 19.

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Designer clothing and jewelry brand Chan Luu opened a new flagship store at Santa Monica Place on April 12. (310) 907-9301;

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Chamber Events

Tues., May 10: Like an Oscar night for local educators, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s annual Teacher Eddy Awards celebrate outstanding teachers from 5:30 to
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Thurs., May 12: The Venice Chamber of Commerce Education Committee celebrates top teachers from 17 local schools during the 6th annual WAVE Awards dinner and ceremony, happening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Tickets are $50. (310) 314-9976;

Thurs., May 19: Local residents can mingle with Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce members from 9 to 10 a.m. at Coffee Connection, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista.

Wed., May 25: The 5th annual Merchants of Venice business expo happens from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $5 public admission; vendor spaces available. (310) 822-5425;