with annual Sustainable Quality Awards

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santa Monica recognized the 2008 winners of the Sustainable Quality Award (SQA) at a luncheon on May 12th at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.

On the agenda for this year’s luncheon were a keynote address by Gay Browne, chief executive officer and founder of Greenopia: The Urban Dweller’s Guide to Green Living; with emcees Peter Kreitler and Alexandra Paul, co-hosts of the Los Angeles-area public access program Earth Talk Today.

“These businesses have shown that being green is an effective business strategy and they are making an important contribution to our community’s environmental, social and economic viability,” says Laurel Rosen, president and chief executive officer of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

For 13 years, the Sustainable Quality Awards have celebrated local businesses that make extraordinary contributions to our community by honoring business achievement in economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the environment, she added.

The 2008 Sustainable Quality Award Grand Prize winners are Duvivier Architects, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Morley Builders, and The Lobster.

The Excellence Award winners are Border Grill, Hartnell, Jesse Bornstein Architecture, Rustic Canyon, Salesforce.com and Taxi! Taxi!

M3House and MTV Networks also received special recognition.

The voluntary activities these businesses have undertaken result in cleaner air and water, less waste, reduced traffic and pollution, improved quality of life for residents and workers, and a strong and viable local economy, according to the chamber.

Southern California Edison and The Gas Company were the presenting sponsors of the 2008 awards. Southern California Edison has a significant commitment to energy efficiency and works closely with the city, the chamber and community on energy programs.