The City of Santa Monica was recently announced as the grand prize winner at the California Sustainability Alliance’s 2009 Sustainability Showcase Awards.

Selected by an esteemed panel of sustainability industry leaders, the city was recognized as the organization best exemplifying a “holistic adoption of sustainability,” according to the city Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

Among the city’s sustainable efforts recognized were the purchase of 100-percent post-consumer recycled content copy paper for municipal operations; transitioning 82 percent of the municipal fleet to alternative fuel and creating a 100 percent alternatively fueled public transit system; and the launching of the Solar Santa Monica Program, which has doubled the solar capacity of the city, according to the office.

The city also diverted more than 1 million pounds of food waste and over 137,000 pounds of hazardous waste materials from landfills in 2008, and officials have encouraged sustainable business through green building certification.

The Sustainability Showcase Awards recognize the successful

sustainability policies, programs, practices, and technologies implemented by leading organizations.