Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has earned a certification from the city’s Green Business program.

Commercial businesses in Santa Monica with a minimum of two employees are eligible to participate in the program, which recognizes businesses that have incorporated sustainable practices and significantly reduced their environmental impact. Loews officials say the business is the first luxury beachfront hotel in the city to become Green Business certified.

Among the hotel’s sustainable features are eco-friendly materials such as low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint throughout the facility, as well as systems that promote water and energy efficiency, officials said.

Loews also sends information to potential customers on flash drives so they can be viewed without printing, helping reduce paper use, and the hotel’s 7,000-square foot Ocean Spa & Fitness incorporates green building and design elements, hotel officials note.

In addition, Loews was one of the city’s first hotels to participate in the city’s food waste recycling efforts, and the hotel’s produce comes from local companies and the Santa Monica Farmers Market.

Santa Monica’s Green Business Certification is effective for two years and a company can then re-certify. This year both the Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica and The Ambrose have renewed their green certification.