Shop at these local GREEN CERTIFIED businesses and help support a sustainable Santa Monica. Following are highlights of their green business achievements and description of services and products
1255 20th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
By blending upscale tranquility with affordable
luxury and low impact hotel practices, The Ambrose
offers guests a touch of truly holistic
hospitality. In addition to being the first pilot
City Santa Monica Green Certified Hotel in 2006,
an ENERGY STAR certified facility that has met
strict energy performance standards, member of the
Green Hotels Association, and the first hotel in
the USA to receive a United States Green Building
Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings Silver Certification, The Ambrose
is definitely committed to protecting the
environment and preserving precious natural
The Ambrose diverts over 70% of their waste from
ending up in landfill via reduce, reusing practices
and co-mingled recycling, along with offsite
composting of their food waste. They have been
cleaning guest rooms with environmentally-friendly
cleaners before green became the new black.
Sustainable purchasing incorporates 100%
post-consumer content printing paper, business
cards, and complimentary earth-friendly amenities
such as a gourmet continental breakfast,
including fresh fruit, organic yogurt and
Starbucks fair trade organic coffee. Drip
irrigation is installed for landscaping, and mulch
is applies to lock in moisture and as a natural pest
deterrent. A SAVE THE PLANET board lists
environmental tips, local ordinances and resources
to keep staff updated on sustainability issues. The
Ambrose regularly donates to non-profit
organizations and promotes the good work they are
doing throughout the community in their monthly
2820 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
sustainable farm-to-table establishment replaces
World Cafe on Main Street. Areal’s newly renovated
space is a division of areas and spaces designed to
enjoy food and drink basked in Southern California
lifestyle and leisure. The menu emphasizes fresh,
locally grown, organic foods. Seafood served meets
sustainable criteria as defined by
Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guide.
composting kitchen food scraps, to using more
durable and reusable goods, in the last 5 years
Areal reduced their waste to landfill output by over
75%. In the last 4 years, they reduced paper use by
over 80% by implementing a number of paper-less
technologies. Areal switched to an electronic
Schedulefly for scheduling, planning,
hiring and communicating among all staff. Online
reservations are accepted thanks to the widget
Opentable. To keep kids busy until the meal is
served, Areal supplies reusable
Etch A Sketches
instead of paper and crayons. After experiencing a
high number of glass breakages, they replaced their
entire stock of conventional glassware with mason
jars; more durable and can be reused by kitchen
staff for storing foods. Another plus – jars cost
less than glasses, and need to be replaced less.
In order to further reduce waste and energy use,
Areal replaced wax burning candles with
SafeLite Rechargeable LED candle system. Almost all
incandescent or halogen lights throughout restaurant
are on dimmers. Natural light dawns the upstairs
office. In addition, their cooking oil is recycled
into biodiesel by
Grease Kings. Areal also planted
rosemary in outdoor flowerbeds to cook with and
naturally deter pests.
2914 Main Street
Santa Monica CA, 90405
Aura Shop is dedicated to empowering clients and
community - local and global.
Green Certified since 2008, Aura Shop is a resource center for self-awareness
and self-empowerment, providing tools and services to balance physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual energy. Aura Shop is a One-Stop-Shop for metaphysical
tools such as crystals, gemstone jewelry, ascension-energy therapy and
supplements. They also provide onsite energy practitioners trained in various
healing therapies like reiki, theta healing, sound therapy, aura and chakra
readings and much, much more!
Aura Shop helps heal and protect the earth by
purchasing 100% post-consumer content recycled paper
towels, unbleached paper bags for store purchases
and printing paper. They put the R in reduce by
having staff ask customers if they need a bag –
instead of automatically bagging purchased goods.
After Aura Shop invested over $2,500 in LED lighting
technology and participated in an Energy Coalition’s
Free-Tune up program, their energy bill went down
$100 per month. So if we do the math, their upgrade
investment was recouped in about 2 years.
Refrigerators, selling naturally energizing
Energy Star rated. They stock natural cleaners
like vinegar & water for windows, and use
long-lasting concentrated natural cleaners, such as
Thieves, that are diluted with water. Way to help
heal the earth Aura Shop!
1706 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica CA, 90405
Baby Daze Boutique offers gently used baby and children’s
clothing, toys, jewelry, books, videos and other
accessories in a wonderful atmosphere. The shop’s
motto is “leave more world for your little one and
reduce your carbon footprint by donating and buying
clothes at Baby Daze Boutique.”
business model for Baby Daze Boutique genuinely sustainable and their operations
follow suit as well. This green retailer uses Seventh Generation and Whole
Foods’ all purpose non-toxic cleaning agents store-wide. All paper supplies
contain a minimum of 30% post consumer recycled content and they never print
their marketing material – all promotion and advertising is done online. Once an
item is sold, they keep the price tag for reuse. Any unwanted merchandise is
donated to L.A. Community Services (lacommunityservices.org).
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus maps are available onsite to inform customers and to
encourage them to take public transportation. This
Buy Local Santa
Monica member regularly procures from other local businesses located on
Ocean Park Avenue and has adopted a company-wide Environmental Policy.
Back on the Beach Cafe
Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Nestled on a wide stretch of sandy beach, Back on
the Beach Café offers meals featuring local and
seasonal cuisine with breathtaking views of ocean,
mountain, pier, and Catalina Island since opening
its doors in 1989. Both indoor & outdoor seating is
available, along with catering services and event
planning. After a recent and extensive restaurant
remodel in 2010, Back on the Beach Café re-opened
its doors to a greener more efficient operation.
Back on the Beach Café regularly sources
certified USDA organic canned tomatoes, seasonal
veggies and coffee. In 2011, they participated in
SoCal Edison’s FREE Direct Install program available
to small medium sized businesses, and received FREE
efficient lighting upgrades. They have an
eco-procurement policy to give preference to
post-consumer recycled content office and janitorial
supplies such as business cards and tissue paper,
and locally sourced products when feasible.
They stock the
bottle box containers made from 100% plastic
bottles and take-away paper containers that are made
in the USA. Tables are set with reusable silverware,
plates and placemats.
Their biggest green business successes is
diverting over 70% of their waste from landfill via
composting their food waste via the City’s
City of Santa Monica’s Restaurant Food Waste program
and recycling cans, plastic, glass, paper and
cardboard. Additionally, they go the extra green
mile by stocking
Green Seal Certified Ecolab Oasis line of
Blackman & Holberton
201 Wilshire Blvd. Suite A6
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Blackman and Holberton (B&H) provides
comprehensive relocation planning services for
businesses. B&H has successfully planned,
coordinated and implemented moves for more than
125,000 people occupying 25 million square feet of
new or renovated space including large and small;
private and public sector companies and agencies.
They were the first moving logistics consultant in
Santa Monica to achieve Green Business Certification
Highlights of their green business
practices include excellent Reduce, Reuse and
Recycle practices. Their service goals include
reducing waste and the environmental impact of
moves. Instead of cardboard boxes, B&H requires
moving contractors to use durable and reusable
crates containing recycled content. Aside from the
waste reduction benefits, reusable crates also
minimize dust residue during packing and unpacking.
With an average lifespan of 17 years, reusable
crates dramatically reduce the amount of carbon
contributed to the atmosphere, as compared to that
of single-use corrugated cardboard boxes.
Blackman & Holberton also partners with St Joseph’s
charity among many others by donating supplies, such
as office products, equipment and furniture left
behind after a business move.
Bru's Wiffle (A Waffle Joint)
2408 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Bru’s Wiffle is a cheery, family-friendly Waffle
Joint where everything (including the waffles!) is
made from scratch, using whole food ingredients.
Owner, Ebru Fidan Caplan, purchases 20% of her
produce from local Santa Monica Farmers Markets –
and the remainder produce is locally sourced from
California. Bru’s menu features unique and delicious
waffles like gluten-free, basil pesto, hormone-free
chicken, and banana split. Kid-sized waffles are
served at kid-sized prices. You can also enjoy
non-waffle items like veggie wraps, and eggs
Bru’s Wiffle is a successful zero waste
restaurant establishment. With the addition of
Santa Monica’s Food Waste Composting program,
and comprehensive co-mingled blue bin recycling, the
waffle joint now diverts 80-90% of their waste
stream from landfill.
You can also find many reduce and reuse practices
at Bru’s - including arranging with her chemical
Auto-Chlor, to refill her chemical containers
onsite. Her bread delivery company, upon request,
also reuses the paper bags her baked goods are
delivered in. Bru’s Wiffle wait staff collects
register receipts, staples them together, and takes
orders on the reverse side. Reusing an item over an
over before recycling– is always a more resource
efficient and sustainable option.
Bru’s recently performed an energy retrofit,
replacing a few compact fluorescents with dimmable
cold cathode lights in her dining area. For water
conservation, all hand sinks in kitchen and
restrooms are fitted with 0.5 gallon per minute
faucet aerators. Bru’s won
SQA 2013 Excellence in Stewardship of the Natural
1400 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Caffe Bellagio, Locanda del Lago's annex location on 3rd
Street Promenade, is a panini and gelato coffee house. All dishes are made at
Locanda del Lago and transported a block away by foot to Caffe Bellagio. Caffe
Bellagio features 24 house made gelato and sorbetto flavors made with many of
the fruits from the Santa Monica's Farmers' Market.
Breads are baked daily and used in conjunction with local
ingredients and sustainable proteins to create fresh, delicious quick service
meals! Caffe Bellagio’s menu indicates which local farm each protein comes
from as well as the items that are market driven.
Caffe Bellagio also offers discounts for bringing your own
coffee mug, locals discounts and collects customers java jackets for reuse.
Their maintenance operations, like the main Locanda del Lago location, include
Green Seal certified peroxide based multi-purposec cleaners. As required by
Green Business Certification standards, they eliminated all non-recyclable
aerosol container cleaners and replaced with refillable and recyclable trigger
spray bottles. All Caffe Bellagio’s to-go ware are recyclable or compostable –
with the majority being
containers made from recycled PET #1 plastic bottles recovered from blue bins.
BOTTLEBOX® containers are manufactured locally in Perris, CA.
||California Monster Salad
Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
California Monster Salads has a
mission to make the world a healthier place “One Salad at a Time!”. Their menu
also includes wholesome soups, and refreshing drinks like Kale Lemonade. All
of CMS’s produce is sourced from local California farms. Some produce is USDA
organic. Most of their paper products including paper napkins, paper towels,
menus and printing paper are made from post-consumer paper. As a start up
business, California Monster Salads is committed to Environmental Stewardship
by instituting a procurement policies giving preference to sustainable
products as they expand their locations. They divert about 70% of their waste
going to landfill by participating in
Santa Monica’s Restaurant Food Waste
Collection and blue bin recycling program for paper, cans, plastic and glass.
Look for staff riding around town on the California Monster Salads electric
bike delivering salads!
||Capital Intelligence Associates (Office
- Financial Planning)
1250 6th Street, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Contact: Mitchell Kraus
Capital Intelligence Associates (CIA) is a full service wealth management firm
designed to help clients address the challenge of today’s complex regulated
financial landscape in a conscientious manner. CIA advocates investing with
moral intelligence the benefits of socially responsible financial planning
that can make a positive impact on the world – in an environmentally-friendly
office. Capital Intelligence is an excellent example of how a small office can
make a big impact. They implement sustainable office practices within the
walls of their office – and beyond to the multi-story building they are housed
in, incorporating the building manager in their green business practices.
Regarding energy efficiency, all office lighting consists of energy
efficient fluorescents. Capital Intelligence also influenced the building
manager to retrofit all restrooms lighting facility-wide shared by the
tenants. In efforts to green the buildings janitorial products, from cleaners
to paper towels, owner, Mitchell Kraus, purchased Sustainable Earth brand
products for custodians to sample.
Sustainable Earth by Staples™ eco-conscious
products are made with renewable resources, recycled materials and/or are
third-party certified to validate their environmental attributes.
Capital Intelligence’s printers are loaded with cartridges containing
soy-based ink, and default set to print on both sides of paper containing
post-consumer content. Employees refill reusable glasses with water from an
onsite filtration system. Kitchen is also stocked with reusable plates, mugs
and utensils. As an active member of
Buy Local Santa Monica campaign, they
support local businesses and purchase produce directly from the Santa Monica
Securities Offered though LPL Financial, Member
FINRA/SIPC. Financial Planning offered through Capital Intelligence Advisors,
a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial.
701 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 310. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Visited by more than 10 million car shoppers each month, Cars.com is the leading destination for online car shoppers, offering credible and easy-to-understand information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car.
To promote staff to commute via alternative transportation Cars.com provides secure indoor bike parking station featuring handy bike stands. This is a worthy sustainable business practice for a company in the auto industry to do. The office performed a comprehensive lighting retrofit, replacing inefficient T12 fluorescents lights with T8 electronic ballasts, to fulfill the GBC energy efficient requirement. Lights in offices are set to motion sensors. The kitchen is stocked with reusable kitchenware for staff use. In the cozy staff lounge renovated with low VOC paint, the wall is covered with portraits of employee pictures highlighting their positions and personal interests – a good work-life balance visual for employees to enjoy. Cars.com office also features an abundance of natural light.
2850 Ocean Park Blvd, Suite 100
Santa Monica , CA 90405
CaseStack provides logistics outsourcing services to companies that sell products to retailers, distributors and other manufacturers. This certification signifies that CaseStack's green business operations align
with their strategy as a growing business offering green supply chain and total logistics solutions. CaseStack offers retailer-driven consolidation and biodiesel fuelled trucks to minimize emissions while maximizing cost savings.
Other highlights of their green business operations include installing devices called "Vending Misers" on vending machines that cut energy use by approximately 40%. CaseStack's IT department uses an application called "Easy GPO", available via Energy Star's website, that enables easy set up for computers to go into sleep mode when not in use after 15 minutes. Casestack regularly purchases facial tissue and napkins made from 100% post-consumer content recycled paper from Staples. Copy paper ranges from 30-100% post-consumer content. They also purchase non-toxic cleaners, such as Method from Staples Eco Easy online catalogue - which offers easy to follow list of eco-conscious products.
Central Parking, an SP Plus Company
1444 4th Street
Central Parking, an SP Plus Company, is an operations specialist who links
innovation with market-based expertise in Parking, Transportation, Facility
Maintenance, Event Logistics and Security service lines.
To reduce waste
ending up in landfill, Central Parking instills a paperless timecard system for
employees, print on both side of paper and participate in Santa Monica’s
comprehensive Blue Bin recycling program. They collect and recycle spent
batteries with Call2
Recycle. They procure paper towels containing 40% post-consumer recycled
content. To meet the required measures for Energy efficiency, the Central
Parking office recently completed a comprehensive lighting retrofit – replacing
inefficient T12 fluorescents lights with more efficient T8 fluorescents fueled
by electronic ballasts. To reduce use of toxins in the natural environment,
custodians use a multi-purpose cleaner in-house and in all of their parking
facilities, that is certified by the
Agency with the DFE seal. Cleaners are purchased in bulk and refilled in
dispensers. SP Plus Company is a Platinum Level Partner of the
Green Parking Council.
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: Mike Eghbali, Owner
The Coffee Spot is the second Green Business Certified food establishment at Santa Monica College. Owner, Mike Eghbali has certified both of his Starbucks establishments.
Not only are coffee beans fair-trade certified, but used coffee grounds are collected and then composted in the College’s industrial vermi-composter. The composting system uses a specific breed of worms called “red worms” or “vermi-worms” to transform food waste into a nutrient rich compost which is then used to fertilize the campus grounds.
In the administrative offices, printing cartridges are refilled with ink purchased from the supplier – this means cartridges are used over and over and again, instead of disposed of each time they run empty. This measure not only saves money, but also saves valuable resources like energy, water and petroleum used to produce the plastic required for the cartridge. The Coffee House stocks organic to-go items. They purchase recycled paper napkins and printing paper contains 30% post-consumer content recycled material. Of course all to-go containers are recyclable or compostable in compliance with the City of Santa Monica’s Non-Recyclable Food Service Container Ban. Low VOC paints are used faculty wide. Low VOC paints are used facility wide when renovating.
||Community Corporation of Santa Monica
1423 2nd Street. Suite B.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCSM) is a non-profit real estate developer established in 1982 whose work focuses on creating affordable housing opportunities within Santa Monica. They demonstrate exceptional commitment to sustainability by extending their environmentally-friendly practices to nearly 100 affordable housing properties comprising over 1600 units of permanent affordable housing in addition to their internal operations.
To conserve water CCSM restrooms use high efficiency faucet aerators that emit only 0.5 gallons of water per minute. Offices are lit with 4' LED tube lights that replaced T8 florescent tubes as well as natural sunlight through sky lights. To further reduce energy use, CCSM uses passive ventilation and cross air flow in all its new construction buildings and recently upgraded HVAC equipment to Energy Star. CCSM also uses low VOC paints in their housing units to help foster good indoor air quality.
CCSM has created an interdepartmental Sustainability Committee consisting of seven staff members to track and implement company policy changes. The committee meets to ensure employee buy-in with procedural and purchasing changes implemented to minimize use of natural resources and further CCSM's commitment to green business practices. CCSM regularly hosts Sustainable Works Green Living Workshops in both English and Spanish to educate their tenants on recycling and sustainable practices in residential units. A long time advocate of sustainability, Community Corporation of Santa Monica won
Sustainable Quality Excellence Awards in 2001, 2009 and 2015.
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
1351 Third Street Promenade, Suite 201
Santa Monica, CA
Downtown Santa Monica Inc. (DTSM, Inc.) is a public-private management
company that oversees Downtown Santa Monica and the world famous Third Street
Promenade. Downtown Santa Monica is the area defined by Wilshire Boulevard on
the north, Broadway on the south, Ocean Avenue on the west, and Seventh Street
on the east. The Central Business District is a larger area defined by Wilshire
Boulevard, Colorado and Ocean Avenues and Seventh Street.
DTSM, Inc. oversees the day-to-day operations in Downtown Santa Monica on
behalf of the City of Santa Monica, to promote economic stability, growth and
community life within Downtown Santa Monica through responsible planning,
development, management and coordination of programs, projects and services
designed to benefit the community as a whole; which includes Downtown
businesses, property owners, residents and visitors, Ambassadors and Enhanced
Maintenance programs, management of capital improvements, marketing, events,
film shoots and special projects.
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc’s mission includes promoting and incorporating
sustainability - economic stability, growth and community life -within Downtown
Santa Monica. In line with their mission – they practice what they preach – by
integrating sustainable practices into their own business operations. Downtown
Santa Monica, Inc. provides only reusable glasses, mugs, silverware and plates
for meetings in-house. Water refills are provided by an onsite filtration
system– eliminating delivery or purchase of bottled water. They exclusively
stock non-toxic green cleaning products purchased from their office supply
company or local stores– including automatic dishwashing detergent and
Gojo Green Seal Certified Foam Hand Cleaner. Eco-procurement policies list
giving preference to supplies containing minimum 30% post-consumer recycled
content and refillable pens. As a public-private management company in line with
the City of Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan, they promote and try to
encourage downtown businesses to engage in city programs such as Monica campaign
and Green Business Certification
via their e-newsletters.
1712 Berkeley Street
Contact: Alice Walrafen
Eight VFX began with a
simple philosophy – let craftsmanship and artistry be the guide. Founders
Baptiste Andrieux and Jean-Marc Demmer started the visual effects business in
January 2005, essentially, as an artists’ collective. Eight VFX also operates
with a sustainable business philosophy. Eight’s completion of Sustainable Works’
Business Greening Program positioned them to achieve Green Business
Certification in November 2013.
Although Eight VFX’s artists prefer to
work in the dark, the industrial workspace’s skylights allow in natural
sunlight. They also performed a major lighting retrofit – replacing over 20
incandescent spot and flood lights with LEDs. Eight VFX practices the 3 R’s
(reduce, reuse, and recycling) by stocking only reusable plates, mugs, and
silverware for staff use, and purchasing post-consumer recycled (PCR) paper
products. Sustainable paper procurement includes copy paper containing 100% PCR,
toilet tissue made with 25% PCR, and facial tissue with 80% PCR. To eliminate
the purchase of bottled water, staff refills containers from a standalone water
filtration unit. The Eight VFX facility is cleaned with non-toxic cleaners made
by Earth Friendly Products and
Seventh Generation. To encourage staff to commute
using alternatives modes of transportation, Eight VFX prides themselves by
providing employees with great incentives for biking i.e., storing bikes onsite
for staff to run errands and shop at local businesses, designating an
indoor/outdoor area for bicycle parking, and onsite shower facilities. To help
Santa Monica reach the goal
of being water self-sufficient by 2020, Eight retrofitted
their hand wash faucets with 0.5 GPM (gallon per minute) aerators, and
showerhead with 1.5 GPM. To further their sustainable initiatives, Eight VFX is
currently investigating the installation of rooftop solar panels with
Essential Living Foods distributes and sells natural, nutritious organic foods, produced using fair trade and sustainable farming practices. Their mission is to promote health and wellbeing by supplying nutritious Superfoods and exotic snacks and foods extremely high in antioxidants and other nutrients.
The Essential Living Foods brand is packaged in eco-friendly packaging made from 100% recycled paper printed with soy inks, recycled steel tin and biodegradable cellulose bags. They purchase Renewable Energy Credits to offset the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the importation of their products.
Essential Living Foods office was built with all sustainable, low-toxic, green building materials and furniture. All paints used are zero or low-VOC and water based. FLOR carpet squares contain post-consumer recycled content materials and are formaldehyde free. Durra Board wall partitions used for office cubicles are made with recovered agriculture fiber. Wall panels, manufactured by 3Form contain recycled plastic. Restrooms are fitted with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals. Plywood made with soy adhesives are used for office desks and all wood cabinets are certified sustainably harvested by the Forest Stewardship Council. They use natural ventilation – opening doors to facilitate cross breezes – more often than their mechanized air cooling system. Restrooms are fitted with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals. An onsite water filtration system refills reusable employee containers and glasses, and eliminates the waste and cost associated with bottled water.
From the way their food products are grown, transported, and packaged to their Santa Monica office space, Essential Living Foods strives to protect the environment and promote sustainability in everything they do.
Gorman and Miller
Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA
Gorman & Miller is a sophisticated, Santa Monica-based law firm, with an
emphasis on commercial real estate transactions, business and real estate
litigation, venture capital transactions, and probate and estate planning.
They integrate Environmental policies into employee manuals, making sure each
employee is knowledgeable about the maintenance of an environmentally-friendly
space. Their Santa Monica office was recently retrofitted with LED
lights; and all cleaning chemicals procured in-house are non-toxic.
Additionally, the printing paper stocked at Gorman & Miller is sustainably
sourced – Forest Stewardship Council certified and contains minimum 30%
post-consumer content. Other supplies such as notepads and paper towels
also contain 30-60% post-consumer content. To further reduce their
ecological footprint, they eliminate individual bottles of water by refilling
glassware and stock reusable mugs.
Gorman & Miller excels at using modern technology to reduce the extensive
use of paper in both transactional and litigated matters. They use a paperless
online document management system called the Closing Table® (www.iclosings.com)
which enables clients and their counterparties to securely access, approve and
digitally sign documents via any Internet connected device.
2443 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: Michael Hale
haleARTS S P A C E is a
member of the Arts: Earth PARTNERSHIP (AEP) green business certification for
cultural facilities, theaters, museums, dance studios, art galleries,
performing arts companies, and individual artists.
For information on
their green initiatives, visit
||HGA Architects and Engineers
1918 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Architects and Engineers (HGA) is a major integrated architecture, engineering
and planning firm.
HGA is committed to be carbon neutral by 2030. HGA has signed
the Architecture 2030 Commitment for Carbon Neutral Design and is working with
the national American Institute of Architects to promote adoption in the
profession. HGA’s office includes green building features like lots of natural
sunlight from ample office windows – that have operable shades to let in or
block bright sunshine. Photo sensors that can detect natural light
automatically dim interior lights. HGA procures low-mercury fluorescent T8s
compared to conventional fluorescents. HGA’s comprehensive sustainable
procurement policy ranges from office products to janitorial supplies such as
Mrs Meyers product line, to
ecologically preferred sponges (available through
Staples) containing compostable scrubbing fibers and recyclable materials.
Printing is done on FCS certified paper using re-manufactured toner cartridges
made by EcoPlus, a socially responsible company that donates a percentage of
their proceeds to charities. Instead of the added cost and increased waste
associated with purchasing plastic bottled water, employees refill their own
reusable bottles with Santa Monica water.
HGA’s office submitted for
USGBC LEED Gold CI (Commercial Interior) certification in 2013 (pending). A
standing HGA Sustainability group including a Green Operations Task Force sets
sustainability vision, strategy and goals. In addition to educating staff and
clients on green building and sustainable design, they are working on
Zero-Plus guiding principles for designing buildings which go beyond net zero
and produce more energy than they consume.
1904 14th Street
Santa Monica, CA, 90404
Hang-Ups Unlimited offers a wide selection
of products for point of purchase displays in retail environments from ceiling
signs and banners, to their patented “Ladderless” GC grid clip. As a
manufacturer and distributor of stock and custom sign/banner/graphic hanging
hardware and accessories, Hang-Ups Unlimited offers factory direct pricing on
magnets, sign hanging kits, suction cups, sign tracking, poster covers, t-bar
ceiling hooks, cable, chain and adhesive mounts. Hang-Ups is one of the few
manufacturers to custom make and distribute PLA (a plastic made from corn)
hang tabs. Most hang tabs are made from PCV.
online store, comes an innovative packing process that incorporates excellent
reuse strategies. They purchased a corrugated converter that takes used
cardboard boxes and turns them into a high quality packing material – which
means they simply reuse the cardboard received in shipments. This reduces the
need to purchase packaging material and reduces the amount of material that is
transported for recycling. Hang-Ups also reuses empty spools and dowels end
cuts, by donating them to schools as needed for art projects. Sustainable
procurement includes post-consumer recycled content paper facility wide – for
office and janitorial use. They stock
FSC certified Marcal® janitorial paper
products. Print cartridges are refilled instead of replaced. The fully
integrated Starship shipping system saves time and reduces input errors by
taking the shipping information directly from the orders and verifying
addresses before they are shipped.
Hostelling International – Los Angeles/ Santa Monica
1436 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Contact: Tatiane Rodrigues
Hostelling International LA/Santa Monica is a high-end eco-friendly hostel
with 260 beds, two blocks from the beach. The environmentally conscious hostel
features a member's kitchen, game room, computer center, library, laundry
facilities, and movie and television room. The colorful walls are coated with
low to zero-VOC paints, and natural sunlight shines through ample windows and
skylights. Guests can contribute towards offsetting their CO2 emissions online
when reserving a room.
HI LA/Santa Monica’s vending machines are fitted with motion sensors
–cutting energy use up to 40%. Staff cleans the hostel facility using vinegar
and peroxide based cleaners. Restroom faucets are installed with high
efficiency water aerators, and only emit 0.5 gallons of water per minute. Old
water fountains were replaced with ELKAY EZH2O bottle filling stations, which
help minimize disposable plastic bottle use. The dispenser features a display
that calculates the quantity of plastic bottles diverted from landfills based
on the gallons of water dispensed.
The communal kitchen is stocked with only reusable dishes and utensils for
hostellers to wash and sanitize after use. This is an outstanding waste
reduction measure for a 260 bed hostel! In 2013, Hostelling
International-LA/Santa Monica also completed the Sustainable Tourism Education
Locanda del Lago
231 Arizona Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Locanda del Lago restaurant opened their doors in 1991 as an
upscale Italian restaurant on the bustling Third Street Promenade. Serving
authentic, Northern Italian cuisine from Bellagio on Lake Como, Locanda del
Lago utilizes local California Farmer’s Market organic ingredients in
conjunction with sustainable proteins. Lago was one of the first restaurants
in Santa Monica to offer a “Meatless Monday” menu option. They are also an
active member of Buy Local Santa Monica and recently voted both Most Loved
Business in Downtown Santa Monica AND Best Restaurant Using Locally Sourced
Buy Local Santa Monica’s Most Loved Business contest.
Lago’s unique dishes features organic and free-range meats and
dairy, along with Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood. Their
menu indicates vegetarian, gluten-free, and free-range options. Every
Wednesday, ingredients purchased that day from the Santa Monica Farmers Market
located just steps from the restaurant's front door, are listed on a large
blackboard in the front dining area – indicating the local farm each item came
from! Another unique element about Lago’s menu is their Artisanal cocktail
list using ingredients from local farms in conjunction with organic liquors.
Each cocktail name pays tribute to the Farm the ingredients originated from.
In addition, their focaccia, desserts, gelatos, sorbettos, and pastas are all
Many of their cleaners, including their peroxide based
multi-purpose, are Green Seal certified. As required by Green Business
Certification standards, they eliminated all non-recyclable aerosol container
cleaners and replaced with reusable, and recyclable trigger spray bottles.
Lago follows a comprehensive recycling program for cans, plastic, glass, and
paper. They also recycle their fryer oil with
Further Products, that turns
used restaurant cooking oil into liquid soaps, moisturizers and candles for
Leaf Lifestyle Inc.
1617 Broadway, Suite C
Santa Monica, CA 90404
LEAF Lifestyle offers personal training and
lifestyle transformation services. Through a
holistic approach to health and wellness, we empower
our clients to take control of their quality of
life. All LEAF programs are centered on the
principle of lifelong learning.
LEAF’s fitness space uses natural ventilation
instead of mechanical air conditioning. Cross
breezes are facilitated by open doors and windows.
Aside from their kitchen and restroom, the rest of
the facility uses natural sunlight. One of their
greatest successes is achieving an 82% reduction in
their energy bill after performing simple energy
retrofits. By frosting their front windows ($50
cost), replacing 10 incandescent flood lights with
LED floodlights ($250), and insulating their outdoor
sauna to increase heat retention ($100), they cut
their energy bill from $250 to $45 per month -
totaling a savings of over $2460 annually! With
upfront retrofit costs of these measures totaling
$400, they achieved payback in just 2 months. LEAF
Lifestyle is a member of
Buy Local Santa Monica and support their local
economy by and purchasing locally from other
members. With the use of non-toxic chemicals and
natural ventilation, they have excellent indoor air
The Lobster, located at the entrance of the
historic Santa Monica Pier, boasts an appealing
ocean-side view and features classic American
seafood. You can find Executive Chef, Colin
Crannell, perusing the Wednesday
Santa Monica Farmers Market for the freshest
seasonal organic and local produce. 80% of The
Lobster’s produce is sourced locally from the
Market. Guests can enjoy 180 degree views of the
spectacular Pacific Ocean, accented by
The Lobster’s Green accomplishments include
installing a 9KW solar panels via
Solar Santa Monica’s program and phasing in LED
lighting restaurant wide. The dining area also
allows in ample natural sunlight through their many
ocean view windows. The Lobster further reduces
energy use by cooling the restaurant with fresh
ocean air and cross breezes via operable
windows instead of an energy intensive HVAC (heating
ventilation and air conditioning) system. Air
circulating fans lower the temperature in the office area. To
reduce water use, public restrooms are fitted with
no-flush water-free urinals and high efficiency
faucet aerators on most hand sinks.
Zero waste practices include participating in
Santa Monica’s R3 Food Scraps collection for
composting pre-consumer food waste and installing
Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers in restrooms -
cutting their paper towel procurement by 50%. Staff
drinks water generated from a
Dewpointe® atmospheric water generator located
The Lobster goes above and beyond
City Transportation Management Ordinances
by exceeding the required average vehicle ridership
for employees with providing financial incentives for
commuting using public transportation. They obtain
Metro bus passes in bulk quantities so staff can
purchase at a $100 discount.
The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is a luxury
resort located in the heart of Santa Monica. This
chic and contemporary beachfront property offers
outstanding service and amenities, along with a
strong desire to protect the planet. Loews Santa
Monica has a long history of environmental
responsibility. They initiated a food composting
program back in 2007 and were one of Santa Monica’s
first luxury hotels to participate in the
City’s Food Waste Composting program. In
addition, they donate 12 lunch meals a day to Meals
To further reduce the amount of waste sent to the
landfill they donate uniforms, bedding, furniture
and supplies to charities in need such as the Ocean
Park Community Center. Left over room amenities like
shampoos and creams are sent to a local women’s
shelter. To reduce paper use they supply marketing
materials on flash drives. To support good indoor
air quality, the hotel uses low VOC as well as Green
Seal and Green Guard certified peroxide based
cleaners and paints facility-wide.
Loews’ 7,000-square-foot Ocean Spa & Fitness
offers signature organic treatments and spa
Fixtures for energy efficiency include photocells
installed on exterior lights that turn on when the
sun sets and turn off with adequate daylight. To
promote sustainable transportation to employees,
Loews hosts an annual Rideshare Awareness week to
educate employees on alternative commute options
ranging from public transportation to vanpooling.
Their car fleet includes multiple electric drive
vehicles (EV) charged in their own onsite parking
||Lotus East-West Medical Center
2104 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90403
Lotus East-West Medical Center is an
environmentally friendly, holistic primary care
center providing acupuncture, oriental and
naturopathic medicine, medical and osteopathic
doctors, along with other related services. They
were the first holistic medical center to achieve
Santa Monica Green Business Certification in 2007.
Highlights of their green building renovation
include zero-VOC paint, formaldehyde free plyboo
flooring, reclaimed furniture and recycled
Environmentally-preferred procurement ranges from
organic hand soap, lotion and alcohol hand sanitizer
(triclosan-free), to 100% post-consumer paper
products like paper towels and business cards. Only
organic, caffeine-free teas are purchased. They use
for general printing which uses 20% less ink. All
off-site printing is contracted by Greener
Printer. Non-toxic cleaning chemicals are used
facility wide. They refill compostable bagasse cups
with water from an onsite filtration unit installed
in-house instead of purchasing plastic bottled
water. Unlike most medical facilities, they
stock books on Edible Gardens and Ecological Design
instead of conventional magazines. Lotus East-West
office walls are decorated with a artwork from local
Malibu Discovery Tours
2022 Broadway, Suite A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tours offer ten wonderful experiences for visitors
or locals to enjoy around the Santa Monica / Malibu
area including reservations from Birthdays and
Bachelorette Parties to wine tasting tours.
Their Green Business
Employee Manual includes a list of simple
eco-actions employees can implement to help reduce
the company’s ecological foot print. Employees
confirm their commitment by signing the document
after reading. With less than 10 employees, Malibu
Discover Tours is a great example of how a small
office can make a big positive impact on the natural
Since working towards green
certification, Malibu Discovery Tours reduced their
average monthly energy consumption by 29% (499 kWh
in 2012 to 356 kWh in 2013). That’s over $340 a
year. Although simple infrastructural changes like
de-lamping and retrofitting incandescent to compact
fluorescent lamps contributed to savings, the most
bang for buck action resulted from reducing use of
the HVAC system. They saved hundreds of dollars a
year in energy bills by having staff open the front
roll up door in the summer and wear sweaters in
cooler seasons. They also cut water use annually by
an estimated 66% or 17,400 gallons after working
with their property manager to replace the 3 gpf
(gallons per flush) toilet with an HET (High
Efficiency Toilet) flushing 1.28 gallons, and
retrofitting 2 faucets to emit 0.5 gallons of water
per minute. Efficient faucet aerators are provided
FREE of CHARGE when participating in Santa Monica’s
GBC program. Malibu Discovery Tours purchases 30%
recycled content paper from local business,
Paper and recycles 75% of their discarded materials
in their blue bin, and in the restaurant food waste
bin next door.
||Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
The Miles Memorial Playhouse is an historic
landmark for the City of Santa Monica and a unique
host of performances and community gatherings for
over 80 years, providing high quality theater space
for non-profit performing arts organizations that
may not have access to comparable facilities. The
Miles Playhouse was designed in 1925 by prominent
local architect John Byer. In consultation with the
John Ash group and the community at large, the Miles
was completely re-built and modernized in 1998 The
Miles is a leader in sustainability being the first
Santa Monica based theatre to pilot and achieve a
green certification from
To minimize the
use of energy intensive theatrical lighting, The
Miles Memorial’s stage uses energy efficient
fluorescent lighting during general rehearsals. An
alternative transportation incentive program for
city produced events at the playhouse encourages the
use of car-pools and alternative transportation to
and from the theater. The City Policy offers a 10%
discount off regular ticket prices if guests ride a
bike, bus or walk to
Fireside at the Miles.
productions are provided with a best practice guide
outlining policies like encouraging the use of
re-chargeable batteries and requiring double sided
printing for all scripts, sides and programs. As
bottled water is not permitted to be sold at the
Miles Memorial, patrons and staff are requested to
avoid bringing in bottled water. Instead, folks are
encouraged to bring reusable cups for free refills
at the water fountain.
||Milo and Olive
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Milo and Olive is an intimate and
warm neighborhood bakery and pizzeria brought to you
by the team behind Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry and
Sweet Rose Creamery. Owned and operated by Josh Loeb
and Zoe Nathan, Milo and Olive serves a menu
consisting of Farm-to-table produce, dairy, meats
and sustainably caught or farmed fish found on the
Best Choices or Good Alternatives list sourced from
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
They specifically choose fish distributor Universal
Seafood because they deliver seafood that is
packaged in bulk– instead of individually wrapped.
Milo and Olive is very transparent about from
where their food is sourced. They educate all
employees on the food they serve so staff are
educated on why Milo and Olive gives preference to
non-GMO choices, and food from local farms.
Milo and Olive
implements Environmental Policies into their company
practices, and shares the details of their policies
during regular staff meetings. Restroom features a
water-free urinal – no flushing required as zero
water is used. Procurement policies state that paper
products, where feasible, must include minimum 30%
post-consumer content (for office products) and 20%
post-consumer content for items like boxes and paper
towels. They compost pre-consumer food waste (food
scraps from the kitchen) via
City of Santa Monica’s
Food Scraps Recycling program.
||Natural High Lifestyle
2400 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
In making its supremely soft and comfortable apparel and accessories, Natural High Lifestyle’s merchandise is made from distinctive and sustainable natural resources including bamboo, hemp, Tencel , organic cotton and vegetal leather. Drawing influence from California culture, the company focuses on three elements: yoga lifestyle, surf culture, and environmental awareness.
In addition to the clothing and
products, Natural High Lifestyle’s operations align
with sustainability. The business uses Earth Pak’s
100% post-consumer recycled content bags and emails
receipts to customers using
SQUARE to eliminate paper receipts. Replacing
incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent
alternatives and LEDs, Natural High was able to cut
back its use of electricity and save on energy
bills. The store is painted with VOC-free paint,
incorporates salvaged wood and vintage furniture
(such as a repurposed bench from an old boat), and
is routinely cleaned using non-toxic, biodegradable
cleaners such as Mrs. Meyers All-Purpose Cleaners.
Not only is Natural High Lifestyle a business member
Buy Local Santa Monica but they also use local
Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, for special events
Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
1314 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Natural Resources Defense
Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit
environmental organization with more than 1.3
million members and online activists. Since 1970,
lawyers, scientists, and other environmental
specialists have worked to protect the world's
natural resources, public health, and the
environment. NRDC has 8 offices in the USA and one
NRDC's office building in Santa
Monica consistently receives the highest
certification available for green building design, a
Platinum rating from
the U.S. Green Building
Council's LEED program. The 1920s building housing
NRDC’s office conserves water and energy and
showcases environmentally-sound materials. Nearly
90% of materials from deconstruction were reused or
recycled during the construction of the building. A
hallmark of the NRDC building is a sophisticated
water recycling system that captures gray water from
showers, sinks, and rainwater. This combination of
water is run through a disinfection and filtration
system, and then used for irrigation.
As of 2013, NRDC will introduce a
real-time, web-based energy and water monitoring
Noveda, which will monitor water and
energy use in each NRDC office across the country.
NRDC is also piloting a wireless monitoring and
controlling outlet unit by ThinkEco, called
modlet. The modlet plugs directly into existing wall
outlets, and monitors and manages the energy
consumption of devices. It comes with a web-based
software that allows access to real-time energy
consumption, with the ability to maximize
energy-efficiency gains by turning devices off and
on at set intervals. NRDC’s Santa Monica office was
also recently retrofitted with LED lighting to
further reduce energy use. NRDC’s Santa Monica
office reduces waste by purchasing cartridge-free
ink – called the
Xerox Color Qube. Through several
waste audits, NRDC was able to identify that roughly
30% of daily trash is food-based materials destined
for landfills. This revelation spurred staff to turn
food waste into compost with an onsite vermi-worm
||O2 Chiropractic & Wellness
2817 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
O2 Chiropractic & Wellness offers a
variety of wellness services to realign one's health
to a state of pure balance. They provide
Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy and
Personal Training services to help people discover
and correct the underlying cause of any health problems. Their
goal is to address the real cause, not just the
O2 Chiropractic & Wellness business
operations incorporate practices that result in
cleaner air, less waste and pollution, conservation
of energy and water, and improved quality of life
for their employees and clients. How? Owner and
licensed Chiropractor, Dr. Dana Laridaen,
intrinsically links wellness to breathing clean air
in many ways. She promotes clean indoor air in her
facility by choosing low VOC paints and green
cleaning chemicals such as
multi-purpose solution, Seventh Generation cleaners,
and a non-aerosol air therapy mister containing
essential oils. Other sustainable procurement
actions range from stocking USDA organic/ raw
food-based supplements, to refillable non-toxic
highlighters, and remanufactured print cartridges
Staple’s Sustainable Earth
product line. Remanufactured cartridges are toner
cartridges that are re-used and refurbished. These
cartridges are considered Eco-Friendly because the
cartridge is used over several times before being
grinded down for recycling. Remanufactured cartridges also always
cost less than a new cartridge!
O2 Chiropractic & Wellness’s office features
natural sunlight in some private consulting rooms,
and energy efficient lighting facility-wide. To
reduce and reuse waste, Dr. Dana Laridaen, D.C.
collects all packaging from orders received for
reuse at a Mailbox Center a few doors down from the
O2 office. Not only does this measure contribute to
waste diversion from landfill, but neighboring
businesses working together supports
Santa Monica as
a sustainable community.
On Golden Pond Inc.
Ecological Algae Control Division
620 Arizona Ave, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
On Golden Pond
Inc/ EcoLogical Algae Control Division uses an
environmentally friendly, cost effective and
chemically free method for controlling algae in
ponds. Using underwater ultrasonic sound wave
generation, they work with Mother Nature to provide
microbes or beneficial bacteria and oxygen to
achieve crystal clear water for koi ponds and/or
water gardens. Whether building a new pond or
retrofitting an existing pond, they design and
install using energy efficient equipment. Any
nutrient rich and chlorine free water extracted from
ponds during maintenance is recycled into
surrounding landscaping - not down the drain.
Regarding business operations, On Golden Pond/
Ecological Algae Control adopts an Environmental
Policy stating their commitment to operate a
sustainable business, giving preference to
environmentally-preferred products that are less
toxic and resource intensive. Office paper for
internal printing, business cards and letterhead
contains post-consumer recycled content. They
purchase non-toxic cleaning chemicals for
office-use. Whether working on a pond, or in their
office, On Golden Pond wears green on their sleeve!
||Perry's Cafes & Beach Rentals
930, 1200, 2400, 2600 Ocean Front Walk
Monica, CA 90405
Perry's Cafés & Beach Rentals has been an
integral part of the Los Angeles beach scene and an
icon in the beach community for over 36 years. They
offer an assortment of beach and bike rentals and
health meal options to enjoy after, or before your
beach cruise. Perry’s has nine prime locations
throughout Santa Monica and Venice beach, including
four open air Cafés. All four of their Santa Monica
locations on Pacific Coast Hwy (930, 1200, 2400,
2600) achieved Green Business Certification for
their above and beyond practices supporting
Sustainable Santa Monica’s goals.
Perry’s Café and Beach Rentals pedal hard to
greener meadows with praiseworthy waste reduction
successes. By eliminating many individual packaged
goods, participating in co-mingled blue bin
recycling, and composting all food and dirty paper
waste, Perry’s diverts 65-70% of valuable materials
from ending up in local landfills. Perry’s not only
compost kitchen pre-consumer food waste through
of Santa Monica’s Food Waste Composting program –
but go beyond by providing Food Waste containers for
patrons to use. Other outstanding waste reduction
measures include replacing individual portion
condiment packages with bulk size dispensers for
mustard, ketchup, relish and mayo, red pepper flakes
and parmesan cheese. It doesn’t stop there – coffee
fixings like cream, organic milk and organic soy
milk are refilled in insulated stainless steel
thermal carafes. And they keep pedaling the green
hard…by sourcing hygienic
for napkins, and to-go utensils to deter folks from
taking more than they really need.
All of the Santa Monica Perry’s at the Beach
locations participated in SoCal Edison’s FREE Direct
Install program available to small medium sized
businesses, receiving FREE efficient lighting
upgrades for old fluorescent tubes. Some restrooms
are installed with occupancy sensors to ensure
lights turn off after use.
Perry’s revamped menu includes many organically
sourced ingredients like spinach, quinoa, honey, and
granola. All locations brew
Peet’s UDSA certified
organic coffee and offer organic milk. Perry’s
delicious organic quinoa salad won ‘best sustainable
foods dish” at
City of Santa Monica’s fourth annual
(2013) Buy Local Expo. By including many plant-based
dishes on their menu, Perry’s supports
Monica’s Sustainable Food Movement.
Real Food Daily
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Contact: Ann Gentry, owner
Real Food Daily (RFD) is the premiere organic
vegan restaurant in Southern California. Founded by
Ann Gentry, a pioneer in the vegan and green food
movement, RFD first opened in Santa Monica in 1993.
The restaurant’s interior integrates green building
materials such as a large repurposed dining table
made from a fallen tree in Gilroy, CA. Eating
a plant-based diet goes further than any other
single effort to lower one’s carbon footprint and
help preserve the environment. Besides serving
an exclusive vegan menu, RFD is committed to using
organic produce and ingredients. About 90% of the
food prepared is certified organic and 40% is
Marketing materials such as menus, business
cards, and in store promotional materials are
printed using soy-based ink on paper that contains
100% post-consumer recycled waste. Paper used
office-wide, including bathroom tissue, is made from
100% post-consumer recycled content. Energy
efficient hand air blowers in restrooms replace
paper towels. Energy
Star equipment can be found in offices and
kitchen. The restaurant relies on the natural
outdoor light during the day to save energy. All
lights are on dimmers and inefficient lights not on
a dimmer, have been replaced with LEDs. Windows are
tinted with film to reduce solar heat gain.
RFD participates in the
Santa Monica’s Food Waste Composting program –
diverting all of their pre-consumer food scraps from
kitchen prepping. Their commitment to sustainability
extends to their cleaning products in both dining
rooms and kitchen. As a socially responsible
business, RFD regularly donates meal gift
certificates and participates in many local charity
fundraisers. Most local staff bikes, walks or
rides the bus to work.
Santa Monica Bike Center
2nd Street, Suite A
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Santa Monica Bike Center is operated by Bike
and Park Santa Monica, a company with a mission to
inspire people to ride bicycles for the benefit of
one’s health, spirit and the planet. The Bike Center
offers varying services for both locals and
visitors, including a commuter cycling facility,
bike maintenance and repair, bike education classes,
and bike rentals. As part of the overall mission to
increase environmental sustainability and bike
ridership in Santa Monica, the Bike Center offers a
Commuter Bike Loaner Program, which aims to support
potential cyclists in the process of learning to
commute by bike. This two-week, free trial equips
participants with a bike, helmet, bags, lights, and
guidance to find the best bike routes for their
The Santa Monica Bike Center pedals their way to
greener business operations by incorporating many
sustainable measures into their daily operations.
Their commitment to only procuring non-toxic
chemicals led them to discontinue Lysol Disinfectant
spray for rental bike helmets after participating in
the FREE Sustainable Works Business Greening
Program. Lysol was replaced with a solution of
water, white vinegar, tea tree oil and bergamot oil.
They also give preference to
Green Seal Certified
multipurpose cleaners and stock Sustainable Earth
recycled content paper products. Other non-toxic
strides include purchasing PVC-free shower curtains,
BPA-free refillable water bottles, and American
made, organic cotton t-shirts. Their waste reduction
efforts beyond the blue bin include recycling used
inner tubes with
Alchemy Goods and Clif bar wrappers
The staff and management of SMBC is committed to
running an environmentally sustainable company that
sets a precedent for like-minded business owners in
||Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
2427 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90405
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
(SMCVB) is a non-profit organization with a
mission to increase visitor expenditures, tourism
revenues and local employment opportunities
through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel
destination. The SMCVB has been a Green Business
Certification Program founding partner since 2007.
Santa Monica CVB promotes Santa Monica as an
exciting and sustainable destination and provides
services to tourists, residents, and local
The recently relocated green SMCVB administrative
office features ample sunlight, repurposed
equipment, décor and
Trex flooring made from recycled wood and
plastic. Fitted cabinets from their previous
location were repurposed in their new office as
mobile storage cabinets after cleverly installing
wheels. Previously used desks and patio furniture
were also repurposed. From a collection of Santa
Monica annual publications, they framed and hung
each year’s magazine cover throughout their space.
Staff kitchen is stocked with reusable utensils and
plates – including glasses to be refilled from an
onsite dispenser connected to the main water supply.
Faucet aerators installed on hand sinks emit 0.5 GPM
(gallons per minute) and a high-efficiency toilet
flushes 1.28 gallons – much less than the standard
The SMCVB instigates a Green Office Policy in
their company handbook prompting only the purchase
of post-consumer recycling content (PCRC) paper
products and green certified cleaners like peroxide
Maintex Oxy Citrus in place of toxic and
corrosive disinfectants containing chlorine. In
Santa Monica’s Transportation Management Ordinance
1604 - they are located within .1 mile of public
transportation access, staff performs local errands
by foot, and their fleet hybrid electric vehicle is
used for local tours and for carpooling to offsite
||Santa Monica Museum of Art
Bergamot Station G1, 252 Michigan Avenue,
Monica, CA 90404
Through its exhibitions,
education, and outreach programs, the Santa Monica
Museum of Art fosters diversity, innovation, and
discovery in contemporary art—local, national, and
international. In collaboration with
PARTNERSHIP (AEP) environmental sustainable
certification program specifically developed for the
creative sector such as arts & culture facilities,
and artist studios, SMGBC recognizes Santa Monica
Museum of Art as an AEP certified green facility.
SMMoA’s shop sells
only recycled and/or repurposed clothing. All of
SMMoA’s cleaning products are earth-friendly.
Administrative offices procure only paper products
containing 30 – 100% post-consumer recycled content.
SMMoA implements reduce, reuse and recycling
practices facility wide.
||Ocean View Hotel
1447 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica CA, 90401
Highlights of Ocean View Hotel green business practices range from energy & water efficiency, environmentally conscious office purchasing, and use of less-toxic cleaning chemicals exclusively facility-wide.
Ocean View Hotel has participated in various SoCal Edison rebate programs – and received a comprehensive lighting retrofit facility-wide including the installation of fluorescent lighting and motion sensors. They received a Certificate of Recognition for participating in Edison’s Demand Side Management Program – where businesses earn financial incentives to voluntarily reduce power usage when statewide energy supplies are low. Further efforts to reduce water and energy go along with their towel and linen reuse policy for hotel guests.
Staff turns off Heating, Ventilation & Cooling (HVAC) units and lights in unoccupied rooms which are cleaned using Eco-lab’s less toxic Oasis Green Seal certified cleaner line comprising of multi-purpose, bathroom, glass, and deodorizers. They regularly purchase post-consumer recycled content paper supplies from printing paper to paper towels. They promote alternative transportation to guests by stocking local Big Blue Bus maps.
311 Arizona Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Located just off Santa Monica's busy 3rd Street Promenade, Röckenwagner
Bakery caters to the surrounding local businesses as well as to the area's
coastal locals, and international tourists. The bakery offers daily baked
breads and pastries, as well as salads, soups and sandwiches made with
produce from the local
Farmers Market on Arizona Street literally steps away from the cafe. It
doesn’t get more local than that! Rockenwagner procures about 75% of their
total produce and ingredients from the Market. Boxes are returned to the
Farmers for reuse. Restaurateur Hans Röckenwagner is also an expert
carpenter who built the café’s cabinets, shelves and tables from sustainably
Sustainable office practices are outlined in a written Environmental
Policy included in the company manual. Practices include reusing draft
paper, and stocking Environmentally-preferred office and janitorial recycled
paper products. Röckenwagner recently switched to
Green Seal certified
foaming hand soap for employees. The café offers a .10 ¢ discount to
customers who bring a reusable mug and promotes this via signage at the cash
register. They divert over 50% waste from landfill through recycling
materials in blue bin and composting with the
City of Santa Monica’s
Food Scraps collection program. They strive to increase their diversion
rates through FREE employee education provided for SMGBC program
participants by local non-profit
Röckenwagner staff performs local zero-emission deliveries on a used
bicycle–even the shelf installed on the bike was made by owner, Hans, from
||RMC Water & Environment
2400 Broadway Blvd. Suite 300. Santa Monica, CA 90404
RMC Water & Environment, a civil engineering consulting firm that specializes in planning and design of water resources projects, achieved Green Business Certification on March 8 2007. Highlights of their green business practices include energy savings, energy efficient rated office equipment, environmentally and socially responsible office purchasing.
RMC makes great strides in socially responsibility by purchasing all office items via ‘Give Something Back’ program, including ‘Green Seal’ certified 100% recycled, chlorine-free paper. They reduced their energy use by engaging simple power management options available on most office equipment. After setting all computers and copy machines to energy saving default after 5 minutes of inactivity, their monthly energy bill was cut by more than 40%. Light motion sensors are also installed office-wide. They track their energy usage by posting monthly kWh hours used in the office to raise employee awareness. Their most impressive piece of office equipment is a copier/ printer made by Gestetner that uses a soy-based ink toner cartridge.
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
1234 6th Street
Monica, CA 90401
The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce advocates and represents business'
interests and issues affecting the community. They provide an environment to
help Chamber members prosper and succeed through a proactive working partnership
with all levels of government and community organizations to achieve a healthy
local economy and quality of life. As an active partner of Santa Monica’s Green
Business Certification Program, the Santa Monica Chamber hosts a monthly
Environmental Affairs Committee meeting that coordinates an annual
Sustainable Quality Awards
event, and they recognize Green Certified Chamber members in their annual
Business Guide publication by displaying the SMGBC graphic next to their
The Santa Monica Chamber walks the green talk in their own office by stocking
the staff kitchen with reusable kitchenware like silverware, mugs and plates.
Their printing paper from Office Depot is certified sustainable by the
Forest Stewardship Council and
Green Seal, and contains
post-consumer waste. Other paper products such as napkins, business cards and
letterhead also contain minimum 30% post-consumer recycled waste. In line with
their commitment to support local economy, they procure services and items
exclusively from Santa Monica businesses like restaurants, printers. Any flower
or plant arrangements for events are purchased at local florists or the
Santa Monica Farmers Markets that takes place a few blocks away.
Demonstrating indoor and outdoor water saving practices - artificial turf along
the front sidewalk eliminates landscape maintenance and high efficient aerators
are installed on faucet aerators. For waste reduction, instead of purchasing
bottled water for staff or guests, dispensers are refilled with local Santa
Santa Monica Pizza Kitchen
1318 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Santa Monica Pizza Kitchen is a family owned and operated pizzeria serving
the Santa Monica community from its original location since 1983. Their website
homepage states “We care about the health of our planet and we know every little
bit helps, so we’re doing our part.” They are one of the handful of
pizzeria joints in Santa Monica participating in the Food Waste Composting
program. When taking in account the food waste composting, and their
comprehensive recycling program, they divert approximately 80% of waste from
ending up in landfill. This family owned pizzeria goes above and beyond by
serving to-go salads in 100% post-consumer
bottle box containers – made from recycled PET plastic bottles. What a way
to close the recycling loop!
They expand reduce and reuse practices by stocking reusable silverware and
ceramic plates for in-house dining customers. They refill condiment dispensers
such as salt, pepper, parmesan, and chili flakes – instead of waste-creating
individual to-go packets. Seasonal foods, such as tomatoes and basil, are
sourced from local farmers markets. Employees have their own reusable cup each
individually labeled with their names. Most paper products like office paper and
napkins are printed on minimum 30% post-consumer content paper. They inform
suppliers of their eco-friendly procurement choices to ensure the products are
regularly stocked. Hand faucets are fitted with high-efficiency aerators
allowing water to emit a reduced rate of 1.5 gallons per minute. Indeed, Santa
Monica Pizza Kitchen is indeed doing their part to contribute to a
1515 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Shore Hotel is a LEED Gold certified hotel blending inspired modern design
with truly eco-conscious practices all in a spectacular beachside setting. Solar
panels generate enough energy to heat the onsite pool. More than 75% of their
roof surface is covered in Solar Reflecting material to reduce heat load into
the hotel from the sun. Carpets throughout the hotel are certified by Green
Guard, guaranteeing they meet strict chemical and particle emission limits,
which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors. The hotel rooms and
hallways receive tons of natural sunlight throughout the many windows. Each
guest room is stocked with fair trade coffee and a recycle bin.
Hotel voluntarily participates in SoCal Edison’s Demand Response program – so
that during instances when demand exceeds supply, or when the electrical system
is constrained, 50% of their parking garage, corridor, and fan coils in HVAC
(heating, ventilation and cooling) systems turn off to send energy back to the
grid. In addition, RFID hotel key cards turn lights and HVAC only when rooms are
occupied. When guests vacate rooms, lights and HVAC automatically shut off.
Shore Hotel goes above and beyond to reduce waste by donating soap and shampoo
products from guest rooms to “Clean the World” - diverting over 500 lbs of waste
from landfill annually. Old guest towels are turned into cleaning rags or
donated to “Operation Blankets of Love” to comfort homeless animals in shelters.
To support Santa Monica’s alternative transportation goals, Shore Hotel
provides preferential parking for alternative fuelled vehicles like hybrids. To
incentivize employees to rideshare, they pay 100% for bus passes.
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
530 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica strives to
improve its own green footprint, as well as that
of its guests. The hotel is proof that
environmentally responsible living doesn't
preclude sophistication and style. Le Méridien
Delfina has implemented numerous eco-programs and
transformed its signature guest experience into an
encompassing eco-practice. These diligent efforts
align with the official Second Nature mission of
Viceroy Hotel Group, the management company of Le
This luxury hotel is the first on the west coast
to pioneer the FDA approved
electrolyzed water cleaning system reducing the
purchase of cleaning products and associated plastic
waste. The multi-purpose cleaning solution, made
from electrolyzed tap water and salt, is refilled
into dispensers by custodial staff for use
facility-wide. Faucet aerators fitted in common area
restroom hand sinks reduce water flow to 0.5 gallons
per minute. The advanced PH conductivity controller
installed in the cooling tower also recycles water.
For energy efficiency, Le Meriden recently renovated
the hotel facility-wide with LED lighting in common
areas, parking garages and guest rooms, resulting in
significant energy and cost savings. Retrofits
include LED linear tubes.
Sustainable procurement ranges from toilet and
facial tissue containing post-consumer recycled
content. Le Meridien’s comprehensive recycling
programs range from co-mingled blue bin collection
to composting pre-consumer food waste via the
City’s Restaurant Food Waste program. And to
close the sustainable loop, every guest room is
equipped with a recycling bin.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
at Santa Monica College
3400 Airport Ave, Suite 76
Santa Monica, CA 90405
a 38 center network throughout California, the Small Business Development Center
(SBDC) at Santa Monica College offers free one-one-one counseling services
and low cost workshops to existing small business owners as well as
individuals thinking about starting their own business. Their mission is to
provide quality management and technical assistance for small businesses,
resulting in success for the entrepreneur and economic growth for all
The SBDC office handbook integrates a General
Environmental Policy and Environmental Purchasing Policy so their commitment to
operating a sustainable office is in writing. Upon hire each employee is
informed and educated about the SBDC’s green business practices. In house,
they order from
Staples’ Sustainable Earth line of eco-conscious office products
including 100% post-consumer printing paper, remanufactured printer cartridges,
and less toxic cleaners. The SBDC staff scans and emails documents, and uses
electronic forms and contracts wherever possible to minimize paper consumption.
Due to the SBDC’s Green Business Certification requirements, water faucets in
their public restrooms now emit 0.5 gallons per minute– reducing water use by
over 75%. As a partner of Santa Monica’s Green Business Certification Program,
the SBDC promotes the integration of environmentally-friendly business
operations to their clients as well by offering green business services and
counseling to entrepreneurs.
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar
104 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Contact: Stephen Abronson
At Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar, you can order a glass or bottle of wine or load up a pre-paid card and taste your way among over 40 boutique, global wine selections. You can also join them for ANGEL SHARES HAPPY HOUR where Pourtal acknowledges efforts of local non-profit organizations by donating 15% of all Enomatic wine tasting sales - all night Monday and from 4-7 pm every weekday.
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar is designed with sustainability in mind. Their concrete floors are stained with SoyCretetm, a soy-based non-toxic concrete stain that is virtually odorless and creates beautiful natural color variations. Cedar wood paneling is FSC Forest Stewardship Council certified. Restrooms are fitted with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals.
Sustainable business practices are a re-occurring theme in many aspects. They regularly purchase organic, seasonal produce such as figs, basil, tomatoes and butternut squash from California Farmers via Santa Monica’s Farmers Market. Menus are printed on 100% post-consumer content paper. In addition to recycling cardboard, bottles, cans and glass – Pourtal also recycles corks! Customers are welcome to bring in their own corks for recycling. To further their waste reduction commitment, Pourtal does not sell bottled water. Customers can refill glasses for FREE via an onsite water filtration unit.
||ROC-Real Office Centers
604 Arizona Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
ROC-REAL OFFICE CENTERS provides its
clients with a unique, open-source work environment where collaboration drives
growth and creativity.
ROC has a designated ecoROC
mission lead by sustainability advisors on staff. The mission of ecoROC is to
ensure all employees, tenants, clients and anyone ROC does business with, are
aware of the importance of integrating sustainable practices in the working
environment. ecoROC implements the triple bottom line - also known as the
“three pillars” of sustainability - PEOPLE, PLANET and PROFIT. ROC promotes a
healthy workplace through a relaxed atmosphere, and open spaces that allow in
natural sunlight. Sustainable efforts in design, operation, and maintenance
are implemented in each ROC location. To support communities, each office buys
ROC demonstrates innovative green building and
environmentally-conscious operational practices. Sustainable modular offices
DIRTT contain recycled materials such as metal and glass. All
kitchens facility wide are stocked with Energy Star rated refrigerators,
Seventh Generation dish soap, reusable mugs, and silverware. All ROC procured
paper products are made from tree-free sugar-cane fibers or contain
post-consumer recycled content. ROC composts all in-house event food waste via
City of Santa Monica’s Food Scraps Recycling program. For ROC’s happy juicy
hour on Wednesdays, they cold-press local and organic produce from the
Monica Farmers Market – any leftover peels and pulp gets added to their
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: Mike Eghbali, Owner
TCBY was the first food establishment at Santa Monica
College to achieve Green Business Certification in 2009. Owner, Mike
Eghbali, proudly displays his Green Business Certificate on the wall
adjacent to the cashier counter so students waiting in line to order can
read about his environmentally-friendly business on campus.
Used coffee grounds are collected by students and then
composted in the College’s onsite
Organic Learning Garden managed by CLUB GROW students. The Garden
consists of about 1,200 square feet of planting space, including several
planting options-- raised beds, containers, mounded beds, and constructed
herb gardens. TCBY offers organic and sustainable food options in line with
Sustainable Santa Monica’s goal to reduce meat and dairy consumption, and
give preference to organic foods. Menu includes an organic quinoa salad and
veggie pre-made sandwiches. TCBY reduces waste by having staff refill
stainless steel bottles during work shifts. They further encourage REUSE on
campus by offering a generous discount to students and staff bringing in
their own cup for coffee and tea refills.
For energy efficiency, Mike retrofitted accent lights on menu
display with LEDs. In the administrative offices, printing cartridges are
refilled with ink purchased from the supplier – this means cartridges are used
over and over and again, instead of disposed of each time they run empty. This
measure not only saves money, but also saves valuable resources like energy,
water and petroleum used to produce the plastic required for the cartridge.
They purchase recycled paper napkins, towels and printing paper containing
minimum 30% post-consumer materials.
Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden Venue
2700 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tiato is an eclectic yet modern
kitchen/bar & garden venue offering fresh bites on
the go, café-style seating, full-service dining, a
wine/beer and Asian tapas bar, and outdoor garden
seating. Tiato’s commitment to sustainability
includes procuring fresh ingredients directly from
local California farms. To encourage staff to
support their sustainable commitment, Tiato issues
a monthly prize for “most sustainable employee”
based on their commitment to choosing green
commute options, and upholding Tiato’s green
policies and advocacy to clients and coworkers.
The Tiato retail market is
stocked with healthy and organic “grab on the
go” snacks. Anything sold pre-packaged contains
either all natural ingredients or is labeled
USDA organic. Tiato’s menu includes
farm-to-table produce from Weiser and Hernandez
Family Farms and eggs from Sunset Ranch,
wild-caught salmon, grass-fed beef, and fair
trade/organic coffee. Additionally, Tiato grows
herbs onsite in their outdoor courtyard for use
in the kitchen. It doesn’t get more local than
that! They also carry several sustainable wines:
Hahn Vineyards located in the central coast, is
SIP certified, and the first winery to
achieve green certification by the
Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program.
Tiato’s eco-friendly procurement extends to
integrating reclaimed wood into their interior
and exterior design: wall panels, picture
frames, outdoor tables and patio siding.
For waste reduction, Tiato not
only composts pre-consumer food waste from the
Santa Monica’s R3 Food Scraps collection program
– they go the extra step with staff separating
unwanted foods and compostable items (such as
paper napkins) left on dining tables. Since
their 2012 green certification, Tiato has
significantly increased their food waste
collection while reducing their trash generation
to less than 10% ending up in landfill. Another
noteworthy green success is Tiato calculated
they cut costs after switching to greener,
Three Squares International Inc.
1507 7th Street, #105
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Three Squares International Inc. (TSI) is an environmental
consulting firm that specializes in developing comprehensive sustainability
plans for corporate entities, government agencies and academic institutions. A
global leader in green event production and the first company in the U.S. to
earn compliance to
ISO 20121, the international standard for sustainable event management, TSI
helps minimize the ecological footprint of conferences and large-scale events,
including Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and the 2008 & 2012 Democratic
National Conventions. TSI's sustainability strategies include reducing event
materials via mobile apps, working directly with the event chef on sustainable
menu choices, implementing complete waste diversion systems (compost, recycling
and landfill) and developing legacy projects with host cities for the city-wide
TSI has been a certified CarbonNeutral Company since its
inception in 2008. As part of their comprehensive Sustainable Operations
Standards, TSI composts office coffee grounds, uses smart energy strips, sources
EPEAT rated computers, Energy Star equipment and an office location that allows
employees to walk/bike to work. TSI supports their local economy by sourcing
California suppliers for picture frames, awards and certificates made from
post-consumer waste. TSI is also a WBE, SBE business and a 2011 CalEPA Climate
Medical Center cafeteria
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
The UCLA Health System, comprised of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica, and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, is a member of Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading membership and networking organization for health care institutions that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally preferable practices.
The cafeteria at the UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica has six meal stations including: the grill, pizza, hot entree, exhibition cooking, deli bar, and soup & salad bar. They support
Santa Monica’s Sustainable Food goal to reduce meat consumption by 15% by featuring a Meatless Monday dish. The Meatless Monday campaign is an initiative of
The Monday Campaigns. The beef and poultry that is served is antibiotic-free. The cafeteria also sources local and organic produce and does not serve fried food.
To encourage zero waste, UCLA Medical Center’s cafeteria offers discounts on coffee when customers bring their own mug, and discourage use of disposables by providing all staff with a reusable bottle for water refills. They also replaced disposable food trays with reusable trays. Any leftover emergency food is donated to local charitable organizations.
To help reduce water use, UCLA-Santa Monica replaced the grass lawn with artificial turf (AT) next to their parking structure.
2901 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Pizza Fusion’s motto is “Saving the Earth One Pizza at a Time”. From organic pizza toppings based on local, seasonal availability to green building materials, this is a truly unique and sustainable pizza company.
When remodeling the restaurant, Pizza Fusion worked with a local distributor, Epoxy Green, to source alternative materials like counter tops embedded with recycled multi-colored glass and tables made from rubberwood. Products made from rubberwood are "environmentally friendly" because instead of the conventional practice of burning the tree after at the end of its latex-producing cycle, the rubberwood tree is used to make products like furniture. The casing of Pizza Fusion’s bar is100% bamboo. As bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on Earth (it has been measured surging skyward as fast as 121 cm (48 in) in a 24-hour period), it is a faster renewable natural resource compared to conventional wood. Pizza Fusion also does their part in preserving water by installing water-less and high efficiency restroom fixtures. They further demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by posting eco-facts about their sustainable business practices to inform and educate customers. Pizza Fusion goes above and beyond Santa Monica’s Non-Recyclable Food Service Container Ban by stocking compostable utensils and straws. Their pizza boxes are made from 100% recycled paper. So when you order a pizza from them - indeed, you help save the earth!
Red Bull North America
1740 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Red Bull is a premium energy drink
that vitalizes body and mind.
After performing a comprehensive
waste audit, Red Bull discovered their main
waste stream material was food and compostable
(paper) to-go food containers. As a company
striving for Zero Waste in their office, to
divert these materials Red Bull procured a set
of reusable food storage containers for staff to
use when purchasing lunch at the nearby grocery
stores. Red Bull created signage reminding
employees to use and return the containers, as
well as signs indicating which materials are
acceptable in their compost and blue bin picked
City of Santa Monica R3 services. Each of
Red Bull’s eight employee kitchens is stocked
with reusable plates, mugs, glasses and
silverware. Instead of purchasing and disposing
of countless plastic water bottles, employees
refill their own containers from dispensers
throughout the office. To support
Santa Monica’s Sustainable Food Commitment,
they provide for vegetarian and gluten free
options at staff catered meals.
Red Bull’s location on Stewart
Street integrates permeable “greenscape,”
allowing rainfall to percolate through the soil
rather than ending up as contaminated urban
runoff to the nearby Santa Monica Bay. Red Bull
recently contracted with Metro Services group
for eco-friendly janitorial services. They put
out a bid to contract with a company committed
to sustainable practices, like only using
environmentally preferred cleaning products
certified by Green Seal, and striving for an 80%
waste diversion rate – by guaranteeing reuse,
recycling and composting of unwanted materials
when servicing offices. All kitchen appliances
are Energy Star®, and computers are rated EPEAT
Red Bull North America dedicates
as much energy into their sustainable practices
as they do for their beverages!
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
1314 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.3 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. NRDC's office building in Santa Monica received the highest certification available for green building design, a Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. NRDC achieved this by implementing numerous measures – starting with choosing a site in Santa Monica's downtown pedestrian center to take advantage of existing building and services and to avoid building on undeveloped land. The 1920s building conserves water and energy and showcases environmentally sound materials.
A hallmark of the NRDC building is a sophisticated water recycling system that captures gray water from showers, sinks, and rainwater. This combination of water is run through a disinfection and filtration system, then used for irrigation and flushing toilets. This system reduces the building’s water consumption by 60%. All lamps are energy efficient, including dimmable fluorescent and LEDs which are installed in conference rooms and their Environmental Action Center.
After NRDC staff calculated approximately 30% of their daily waste output is food, a “Nature Mill” composting unit was purchased to turn food waste into compost quickly, without odors. NRDC also strives to eliminate one-time-use disposables, by facilitating an employee reusable bag program and stocking reusable plates, cups and flatware in the kitchen. NRDC proudly states their sustainable efforts result in a building that is sustainable, economical, educational and pleasant to work in.
Gladstein Neandross and Associates (GNA)
3015 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
GNA works throughout western USA in efforts to develop and implement transportation and energy strategies with aim to reduce emissions and the use of conventional petroleum fuels. They are pioneers in their industry for encouraging alternative fuel fleets, sustainable development, renewable energy programs and other carbon management strategies. GNA was one of the pioneer participants of the Green Business Certification pilot program in 2005 – offering useful feedback on the program process. One of the partners, Erik Neandross, serves on the City of Santa Monica’s Environmental Task Force.
While obtaining their re-certification, GNA worked closely with property managers to ensure they would be stocked with eco-friendly janitorial supplies such as recycled content paper towels. 3rd floor office windows are tinted with film to reduce solar heat gain. Eco-friendly purchasing practices range from printing business cards on soy inks to post-consumer recycled content paper clips and trash bags. Coffee and teas are either fair trade and/or organic. The employee kitchen is stocked with reusable plates, cups utensils and flatware. You can also find conservation prompts throughout the workplace such as “Use Water Wisely” and “Turn off” stickers. GNA proudly offsets their carbon footprint operating as a business through Carbonfund.org.
2120 Colorado Ave, 3rd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Business.com is the leading business search engine, directory and pay-per-click advertising network, targeting over 40 million online business buyers. Business.com pioneered an employee ‘Green Team’ in 2006, consisting of roughly a dozen employees with a mission to introduce and sustain efficient business operations and obtain Green Business Certification (GBC). While working through the GBC checklist, the Green Team facilitated a dialogue with their property manager, Equity Office, who replaced incandescent lights with compact fluorescents, installed motion sensors in conference rooms and trained custodian staff to turn lights off. The Business.com Green Team helped the company move toward purchasing Energy Star-rated office equipment, created bound Scratch Pads made from discarded paper, and installed an in-house water filtration system to replace bottled water delivery service – cutting water costs by more than 50%. Business.com demonstrates excellent environment and social responsibility by making weekly donations of food leftover from company-provided lunches to the Santa Monica West Side Food Bank and donating staff and company magazines to St. Johns Health Center for patient waiting rooms.
Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier
Aquarium is a non-profit organization
that provides an innovative educational experience
for school children, families and anyone
interested in marine life. Their
sustainability commitment goes above and beyond
healing the ocean. ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’
highlights include: staff and volunteers bring in
reusable mugs, hand-out materials are
laminated and loaned to visitors, and many craft
activities are made from recycled materials.
The Aquarium has a non-toxic,
chlorine-free and triclosan-free cleaning chemical
policy to protect the , surrounding marine life –
so disinfectant cleaners contain peroxide and hand
sanitizers are alcohol based. They implement
excellent Transportation Management practices by
paying for employee bus passes and providing
secure bicycle parking for staff and volunteers.
Green building materials such as recycled acrylic
and recycled rubber used for flooring materials,
recycled content carpet tiles, and refurbished
office furniture are also incorporated into the
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s facility. The façade
on aquarium exhibit bases are also made from
recycled milk jugs!
The Aquarium’s 2013 classroom makeover
introduces The Dorothy Green Room,
celebrating Heal the Bay’s founder and commitment
to running an eco-conscious aquarium. While one
side of the classroom illustrates an urban
watershed and explores the ways human behavior
impacts the ocean, the opposite wall is converted
into a more natural watershed exhibit, including
tanks featuring riparian and estuarine organisms.
The floor of the Green Room is made of recycled
rubber; all the lighting is LED and includes
dimmers for optimal energy saving. All text in the
Green Room is now in both English and Spanish to
reach a wider audience.
The Bey’s Garden is committed to environmentally responsible business practices in all aspects of the spa. They implement excellent environmental stewardship in their purchasing habits ranging from stocking bamboo towels and robes, post-consumer content recycled paper and floor carpeting, as well as sheets made from recycled polyester microfiber (plastic bottles) which are unbelievably soft to the touch! The Bey's Garden uses natural antiseptics, organic essential oils and also carry a line of non-toxic polish for nail care. Recycled lumber and zero VOC paint were integrated during building renovations. Gift boxes come with recycled tissue paper and are enclosed with a note reminding customers to reuse and / or recycle the materials.
1515 4 th Street
Santa Monica , CA 90401
Hartnell is a design studio/ salon specializing in elegant bridal and evening gowns with an environmental edge in business operations. Regular incandescent light fixtures have been replaced with energy efficient bulbs. Skylights allow in ample natural daylight for working. Left over fabrics from high end gowns are reused in many ways; either sewn into quilts to raise monies for charity, donated to local fashion design schools or collected by local organization, reDiscover, to reuse in classrooms and programs. Large fabric rolls are also collected by the supplier for reuse. Hanna also boasts many cost savings from these actions including saving her property manager hundreds of dollars per month by replacing one of the trash dumpsters behind her building with a recycling dumpster. She then had her staff hand deliver City blue bins to each tenant in the building to encourage them to start recycling too. And it didn't' stop there. Hanna posted signs on the recycle dumpster with a list of all the various materials acceptable for the city's co-mingled recycling program. Now that's going green with style!
1119 Wilshire, Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90403
The Rustic Canyon achieved Green Business Certification on July 11, 2007. Highlights of their green business practices include incorporating green building materials upon renovating, purchasing mainly local farmer's market organic produce and diverting 90% of waste from landfill via Reusing and Recycling programs.
Rustic Canyon 's commitment to Sustainability began with renovating the restaurant space in 2006 using eco-friendly materials such as low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints and sustainable bamboo flooring, followed by the installation of a water-free urinal. Their commitment to protecting the natural environment extends to local organic produce from Farmers Markets and only biodegradable to-go containers made from corn-based plastics and unbleached paper. Rustic Canyon minimizes waste output by reusing crates for delivering Farmer's produce and recycling cans, plastic, glass, cardboard and mixed paper as well as all of their food waste. They successfully attain a 90% waste diversion. Excellent use of natural light via windows in dining area. Many of the staff use alternative transportation methods such as biking or carpooling.
||Santa Monica Power Yoga
1410 2nd Street, 1st Floor. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Power Yoga is the first yoga studio in Santa Monica to achieve Green Business Certification as of September 2007. Highlights of their green business practices include promoting alternative transportation, natural ventilation, and environmentally-preferred procurement ranging from recycled office supplies to hemp and organic cotton retail items.
Santa Monica Power Yoga cleans yoga mats with an organic cleaner and uses non-toxic cleaning chemicals. They facilitate a co-mingled recycling program for mixed paper, cans, plastic and glass. The location is naturally ventilated and windows have tinted film to reduce solar heat gain. To promote alternative transportation at their busy downtown Santa Monica location, they recently installed a bicycle rack onsite for staff and members. Sustainable practices also include supporting the local economy by regularly purchasing flowers from Santa Monica Farmers Market and demonstrating social responsibility by offering donation-based yoga classes and massage services.
||Beauty and Wisdom
2307 Main Street. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Beauty and Wisdom, selling chemical free and organic radiant beauty and body care products, achieved Green Business Certification in September 2007. Highlights include eco-conscious procurement ranging from office products to retail items, incorporating green building materials and installing a skylight to allow for natural daylight during renovation.
Beauty and Wisdom purchased many green building materials upon renovating the retail space such as no-VOC paint, sustainable cork flooring and formaldehyde-free shelves. Their 'mandala' room features reclaimed furniture and organic/ fair trade cotton pillows. They demonstrate social responsibility by offering this space as a community room for various events. Sustainable office practices include reusing printer cartridges by refilling the ink directly at Walgreens which not only saves money but also reduces the use of packing materials. Only ONE non-toxic, multi-purpose cleaning chemical is used store-wide.
||Blackman and Holberton
201 Wilshire Blvd. Suite A6. Santa Monica, CA 90401
Blackman and Holberton (B&H) provides relocation planning services for businesses. They were the first moving consultant in Santa Monica to achieve Green Business Certification in 2007. Highlights of their green business practices include excellent Reduce, Reuse and Recycle practices and employees commuting via alternative transportation – two drive hybrids and one staff member walks to work! B&H moving consultant services insist on utilizing durable recycled content plastic crates instead of cardboard boxes and they require reusable packing materials. Any cleaning associated with moving logistics is performed with less toxic cleaning chemicals.
As a result of Blackman & Holberton passing their Green Business Certification lighting inspection efforts, the entire building received a lighting retrofit replacing inefficient T12 fluorescents lights with T8 electronic ballast alternative and received rebates from Edison’s Energy Management Solutions rebate programs. This retrofit is estimated to cut the building’s overall energy use associated with lighting by over $5,000 dollars annually. T8 lighting is a minimum requirement for all companies to receive Green Business Certification. Blackman & Holberton also recently purchased a new Energy Star® copier/ printer manufactured by Ricoh , one of the leading companies in the environmentally friendly office automation industry.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Cat Pojas
Co-opportunity has been providing
natural, organic and local foods to the Santa Monica
area since 1974. They have a large selection of
certified organic and mostly locally sourced
produce, in addition to a wide variety of natural,
healthy foods. As a Co-op, they are owned by the
In all areas of Co-opportunity’s operations, from products it
sells to the interactions with the community, their policies are guided by the
concept of sustainability i.e., environmental stewardship, supporting local
economy and social responsibility. They were the first grocery store in the
Westside to install a two-kilowatt, photovoltaic solar power system on the roof
– back in 1999!
Striving for a Zero Waste operation, the Co-op implements a
co-mingled blue bin recycling, and food waste composting program store-wide.
They purchased a high-end Recycling container from
Clean River made from long
lasting high density polyethylene (HDPE) containing recycled materials. With aim
to help customers recycle materials properly, they custom made their own
recycling signage – with images of items regularly purchased and disposed of
onsite. They close the recycling loop by procuring janitorial paper products,
such as bathroom tissue and paper towels containing minimal 40% post-consumer
recycled content. Their print paper is made from 100% post-consumer recycled
Co-opportunity only stocks
environmentally-friendly cleaners on their shelves –
Friendly Products, and others with essential
oils like grapefruit seed and tea tree. If customers
return any cleaners, the Co-op reuses the leftovers
in-house and then recycles the containers. Going
beyond the walls of the store, to prevent waste
water run-off during heavy rainfall, they installed
a permeable street median interspersed with drought
tolerant plants along 15th Street.
||Euphoria Loves RAWvolution
2301 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
RAWvolution is a local hangout
for raw, vegan & organic eats with smoothies,
fresh juices & hot drinks, live music along with
a retail market selling products off the shelf.
They also provide raw food meal deliveries -
each week preparing a unique box of organic,
prepared raw foods. With a strong commitment to
using conscious and planet resourceful methods
in every aspect of their services, 95% of all
foods purchased at RAWvolution (nothing frozen
or micro-waved) are USDA certified organic. The
remaining 5% are foods that cannot be sourced
USDA organic, like young coconuts. As a small
restaurant, RAWvolution makes a significant
impact on supplier demand for sustainably
All of RAWvolution's pre and
post-consumer food waste composted through
Santa Monica’s R3 Food Scraps program. All to-go
containers disposed of onsite are also composted or
recycled. Instead of selling retail bottled water,
staff and customers refill glasses from water
dispensers. All of these measures allow RAWvolution
to successfully divert 75% of their total waste
stream from landfill.
RAWvolution now serves hot coffee
David Wolfe’s Organic Longevity Coffee; the
first organic coffee with a low-acidic profile on
the market. The façade of their new coffee bar is
made from reclaimed wood, and the counter top at
point of sale is made from a naturally fallen
juniper tree. RAWvolution is an active member of the
Main Street Business Improvement District,
advocating the support and promotion of local
businesses, and helped launch the Green Business
Certification program in 2006 as a pilot business.
RAWvolution has a strong commitment to social and
environmental justice and advocates various causes
in the cafe, as well as via online presence. Look
out for RAWvolution’s booth at the
Sunday Main Street Farmers Market!
||Gladstein, Neandross & Associates LLC
3015 Main Street, Suite 300, Santa Monica, CA 90405
GNA works throughout western USA in efforts to develop and implement transportation and energy strategies with aim to reduce emissions and the use of conventional petroleum fuels . They are pioneers in their industry for encouraging alternative fuel fleets, sustainable development, and renewable energy programs. Eco-friendly purchasing practices include recycled office products, furniture as well as non-toxic cleaners from local 'green' grocers. Company letterhead paper is also printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks.
||The Library Alehouse
2911 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Library Alehouse has always gone ‘above and beyond compliance’ regarding sustainable business practices since opening the restaurant in 1995. They were early adopters of the City of Santa Monica’s ban on non-recyclable Food Service containers i.e., they stopped using Styrofoam long before the City required them to.
Owner, David Lackman, whole-heartedly demonstrates commitment to running an environmentally sounds businesses by purchasing sustainably certified restaurant equipment and food products throughout. FSC rated wood was sourced for dining tables and chairs. The Alehouse also bottles their own water via Natura Water filtration system, instead of selling water shipped in to Southern California from hundreds to thousands of miles away.
Alehouse recycles their used fryer oil into biodiesel at no cost. They purchase sustainably procured seafood when available. Further efforts include regularly incorporating seasonal, local, organic ingredients throughout their menu and composting kitchen waste- which sometimes even ends up in Dave’s backyard compost pile : )
The Library Alehouse was also a 2001 pilot participant for local non-profit Sustainable Works’ Business Greening Program and Santa Monica’s Green Business Certification program launched in 2006. They won a Sustainable Quality Award Grand prize in 2003. This restaurant is a well known booster of the local retail economy, and further their positive contributions to the community by supporting an organization each month through donation, promotion, and activism.
2936 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Patagonia, Santa Monica is part of a $250 million international company that designs and distributes outdoor clothing. Their definition of quality includes working with processes that cause the least harm to the environment, as they rely on the availability of abundant natural landscape in order to sell their clothing. Patagonia not only closes the loop in recycling in-house materials but they also collect worn-out garments from customers and recycle them into polyester (PET) used to make new filament yarns. They also produce a fleece clothing line made from post-consumer recycled plastic soda bottles (PCR). All of the cotton in their products is 100% organic cotton. Patagonia has awarded over 18 million dollars to various environmental groups via the Environmental Grants Program.
||Apogee Electronics Corporation
1715 Berkeley Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Apogee Electronics, founded in 1985, is a leading manufacturer of digital audio hardware systems and related accessories for audio professionals around the world. They are breaking new ground– as the only digital audio business in Santa Monica to install solar panels on their roof and achieve Green Business Certification. Apogee Electronic closes the loop by reducing use of disposables by stocking durable kitchenware for staff use, reusing aluminum and metal parts in hardware systems, comprehensive office recycling programs, and purchasing post-consumer recycled content items ranging from tissue paper to file folders. Instead of purchasing bottled water, staff refills containers from the filtered water tap at the kitchen sink. Incandescent ceiling flood lights in main computer stations were retrofitted with energy efficient compact fluorescents. Common areas feature efficient T8 and T6 fluorescent fixtures and tubes. Small desk lamps at workstations demonstrate task lighting where additional light is needed. Fair-trade coffee purchased for early and late night shifts. Staff can store bicycles indoors, and showers are available.
||Studio of Environmental Architecture
1920 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
The work of David Hertz Architects Inc, Studio of Environmental Architecture focuses on the design and construction of environmentally responsible residential and commercial buildings, as well as the research and development of resource efficient ecologic building products. Studio EA’s commitment to integrating sustainable materials, processes and building techniques is demonstrated both in client projects and within their own office. The company’s proactive approach to promoting green building materials involves displaying product samples incorporated within their space, like recycled denim insulation and solar tubes. These samples detail the ecological, recycled characteristics where applicable, and manufacturer information. To further reduce use of finite natural resources such as water, high-efficiency faucet aerators emitting 0.8 gallons per minute, and toilets with a high and low water flush option. Reduction in energy usage also reduces associated GHGs (Green House Gases) emissions. In Studio EA’s Energy report, the assessor noted they use 40% less than an average office its size. Integrated energy efficient design like dimmable electronic fluorescent fixtures manufactured by Luton®, and occupancy (motion) sensors ensure lights used at minimum and are turned off when not needed. Green building highlights include a “green” roof with drought tolerant succulent plants and solar panels. Other sustainable business operations range from recycling some construction and demolition waste locally -via neighboring plumbing supply store- and promoting alternative transportation by storing an electric bicycle onsite for employee use.
||Bryan Cave LLP
120 Broadway, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Bryan Cave LLP is a leading business and litigation firm with a long history of success offering legal counsel and advice in virtually every area of interest to business and entrepreneurial clients.
Innovative, local and socially responsible sustainable strategies include hosting “Staff Appreciation Week” coordinating beach clean-ups with Heal the Bay for employees to participate in during paid work hours. The firm procures eco-friendly cleaners for office use and contract with a Green Seal certified company to maintain their carpets. Bryan Cave's sustainable business practices, ranging from adopting the ABA-EPA Law Office
Climate Challenge to purchasing post-consumer content recycled paper office and janitorial supplies, are outlined in their Sustainability Policy which is included in the company manual.
Comprehensive Zero Waste practices
include replacing kitchen disposables like paper
cups and plastic utensils with reusable mugs and
silverware, and eliminating individual bottles of
water office-wide. The company branded Bryan Cave
reusable glasses and installed water dispensers in
each conference room. The firm, world-wide,
purchased mugs for over 1,000 employees to further
their zero waste efforts. They recouped the costs
associated with purchasing silverware within 3
months compared to spending money on disposables.
Their zero waste efforts go beyond their office
walls to the courtrooms – pushing for the legal
system to permit case binders to be reused for each
1023 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Kreation Kafe serves delicious, healthy food in the unique atmosphere of “living walls” comprised of hanging succulents and recovered decking materials.
After renovating the restaurant space with more efficient fluorescent lights, tank-less water heater, energy efficient refrigeration unit and stove, owner Marjan Sarshar was very pleased to see her energy bill go down 40% ($300-350) –a savings of over $300 or 2,000 kWh per month. Furthermore, business has increased over 400% compared to previous ownership, and she still sees a savings due to replacing old equipment with Energy Star® or energy efficient alternatives. The restaurant also participates in food scraps composting with the City of Santa Monica. All dining tables are custom made with reclaimed wood. Over 90% of the produce purchased at Kreation Kafe is organic and purchased locally from the Santa Monica Farmer's market. They even serve organic ketchup! Utensil holders are made from recycled tires and their menu is printed with soy-based inks on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.
3330 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
Contact: Jessica Kurland
Tel: 310.399.1600 ext. 269
Morley Builders is one of the
largest construction firms in Southern California.
Morley Builders constructs many LEED buildings,
and recycles up to 92% of the construction and
demolition waste generated. Morley Builders is
also a pillar of the Santa Monica community,
giving thousands of dollars each year to local
charitable organizations, and paying for employees
to do volunteer work.
Morley Builders moved
into a new office that recently achieved
USGBC LEED Gold CI (Commercial Interior)
certification – Morley staff worked with
consultants to achieve this prestigious
certification. The remodeled office incorporates
innovative and sustainable features including but
not limited to refurbished furniture, low-to-zero
emitting materials and LED lighting.
restrooms facility wide have
USGBC LEED credit approved Dyson air dryers to
reduce paper usage, and HE (high-efficiency)
toilets and urinals that flush only a pint of
water. Morley gives a second life to used deck
shoring form ties by turning them into wall art
pieces. Near Morley’s staff kitchen entrance, is
an etched glass table top with a repurposed cement
bucket used on construction sites as a base. There
are no incandescents office wide – only energy
efficient LEDs, CFLs and sunlight. Lighting
controls work with skylights, at levels of
100-50-0 percentage of power depending on amount
of incoming natural light. Morley’s Sustainable
office commitment is detailed in company-wide
policies ensuring the company gives preference to
sustainable products such as
30% post-consumer content paper,
Ricoh all-in-one copier/scanner/fax, and
BPI certified compostable kitchenware. Morley
includes the following statement when procuring
“When the choice presents itself, we ‘Thank You’
for making the eco-friendly selection.”
||Universal Music Group
2220 Colorado Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Kevin Garabedian
Universal Music Group, employing
over 600 people at the Santa Monica Headquarters
office, initially achieved green business
certification in 2009-2011 and re-certified for
2013-2015. Green business practices are a priority
for Universal Music Group, who’s company
Environmental Policy expresses the company’s
commitment “to protecting and preserving the
environment through recognition of its
responsibility to conduct business in an
environmentally sound manner and continually
improve and reduce our impact on our environment.”
To encourage employees to take ownership of
environmental impacts, the company distributes
reusable mugs to employees in the Santa Monica
office and encourages electronic communication
company-wide. UMG has a “no bottled water
procurement” policy for staff use – instead,
employees refill at water stations throughout the
UMG’s Santa Monica office
integrates the use of sustainable building
materials including low VOC carpet tiles purchased
from Mohawk. UMG’s facility also features
water-free urinals and operable windows which
allow the intake of fresh air and reduces
energy-use associated with mechanical cooling.
UMG’s advanced automated building management
system ensures lights and equipment are off during
UMG’s efforts in energy
efficiency for their building earned them the
ENERGY STAR Label (www.energystar.gov),
meeting strict energy performance standards set by
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by using
less energy, saving money in operational costs,
and causing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Their
in-house restaurant, Motown Café, also goes the
extra green mile by procuring compostable
plant-based cups, plates, and utensils.
||Hershey | Cause
1336 5th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Contact: Barbara Remedios
Hershey|Cause is a woman-owned, communications agency offering marketing and consulting services to socially-minded corporate clients and nonprofit groups nationwide. Social innovators, Hershey|Cause is the umbrella identity for Hershey Associates, a full-service for profit marketing consulting agency, and Cause Communications, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding communications best practices through research and education.
Hershey|Cause is committed to exemplifying the change it works to create in the world socially, culturally and environmentally. Environmentally friendly adjustments to office environment and procedures to maximize efficient use of resources resulted in the organization achieving Green Business Certification. Adjustments included: ensuring all individual offices have recycling bins, replacing lighting ballasts to make use of updated energy-efficient lighting, installing high-efficiency toilets in office restrooms, instituting a worksite transportation plan with information on ridesharing and alternate modes of transportation, and encouraging the use of the water-filtration system over bottled water. Hershey|Cause also ensured its HVAC and pest control vendors are promoting and employing environmentally friendly practices.
1110 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Contact: Tabatha Cruz
Healthy Spot is committed to providing a full range of wholesome, organic food lines as well as a wide selection of safe and eco-friendly toys, treats, training tools, grooming products, and services ranging from doggie-day care to pet massage. Many products stocked on their shelves are labeled USDA organic, contain less toxic chemicals and are made using responsible manufacturing practices.
Healthy Spot opened their doors in 2008 with sustainability and healthy pet lifestyles as a priority in their business model. They achieved Green Business Certification in 2012 and also received a
Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Award in 2012.
Healthy Spot offers a range of products and services which are not often found in most pet supply establishments. You can find biodegradable doggie bags, chlorine-free training pads, and natural flea products. Their
Green Seal certified janitorial supplies include tissue paper and paper towels. In the last few years, Healthy Spot invested $4,200 in water and lighting conservation retrofits at their Santa Monica location. All spot lights in the retail area including refrigeration cases are LED. Other notable green building features include solar tubes providing natural sunlight in corridors and restrooms, and a tank-less water heater.
||Copia Creative, Inc.
3122 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 203
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Michelle Adelson/Anique Oudshoorn
Copia Creative is an award-winning strategic branding and creative agency that partners with our clients as their extended marketing team. Combining both consulting and creative practices, Copia focuses on developing and implementing a consistent and creative brand experience across touch points to align with business goals and strategy. The office fosters sustainable ideas and innovative adaptations. As a creative agency, Copia encourages their clients on how to integrate green practices from brand strategies, including partnerships with related environmental causes to execution, such as eco-minded print materials with vegetable-based inks and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper. The agency has developed a specialized eco-conscious focus including a website, bulletin board, and newsletters called CopiaGreen that includes a CopiaGreen email address for staff ideas and suggestions to discuss and plan in regular staff meetings. Eco-minded materials such as articles and relevant resources are available for employee reference. Copia's policies reflect their sustainability commitment, including many forms of recycling, alterative transportation to the office, and managing electricity use. Copia is also developing partnerships with other eco-friendly businesses to help align their green practices with their brand. The Copia team and culture has become passionate, dedicated, and excited to being green and advocating sustainable practices based on the level of education, involvement, communication, and collaboration.
||Threshold Media Corporation
2114 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: Michele Blankenship/ Marc Schrobilgen
Threshold Sound + Vision is a recording studio and video post-production facility. They incorporated energy efficient design into the remodeling of their studio, including solar tubes, compact fluorescent lighting retrofits, and retrofitting their Torchiere floor lamps with fluorescent bulbs - reducing energy consumption by 50%! Threshold purchases many eco-friendly cleaning products from companies such as Method and Seventh Generation and they stock a soy-based graffiti remover. Threshold Company letterhead and business cards are printed on post-consumer content recycled paper. Kitchen is stocked with reusable plates, mugs and silverware and napkins are made from post-consumer content recycled paper procured from local supply stores. Threshold’s recycling programs extends to digital Beta tapes and CDs. They also donate unwanted electronic equipment to California Recycles (www.californiarecycles.com).
2716 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
Contact: Alex Reed
From commercial development to homebuilding, Watt Companies offers comprehensive and diversified real estate services across the United States. Watt Companies incorporates environmental stewardship both in-house in their operations as well as tenant properties. Their Los Angeles office, Watt Plaza, is the first office building in Los Angles to receive gold LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certification.
Watt Companies demonstrates exceptional commitment to sustainability by supporting an active employee driven “Green Team’. The Green Team facilitates green operations and programs in-house including an Earth Day Raffle eligible only for employees demonstrating sustainable practices at work. Practices ranged from staff bringing in reusable mugs, plates or utensils, to alternative commuting such as carpooling, taking the bus, biking, or walking. The Green Team used monies gained from recycling programs to purchase some of the raffle prize giveaways. On Earth Day, they invited local sustainable vendors ranging from green office supplies to local environmental non-profits to educate and provide resources for tenants and employees.
Watt Companies goes above and beyond compliance with tenant and in-house renovations by using low VOC paints which help cultivate good indoor air quality. Green Seal Certified chemicals, purchased in bulk concentrated form and refilled in dispensers, are used facility wide.
2820 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
The World Cafe holds its location on Main Street since 1984 and offers a choice of indoor dining or al fresco on a relaxing garden patio with a mulched landscape to retain moisture and help prevent water runoff. Lighting is subdued or sun-kissed by natural lighting pouring in via skylights. By composting kitchen food waste, cans, plastic, glass, mixed paper and cardboard via City’s program they divert over 70% of trash from local landfills. All to-go containers are either compostable (paper or corn plastics) or recyclable. Their cleaning chemicals are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for Environmental label (DfE). DfE commends companies for their leadership in designing products that are good for their business and for the environment. www.epa.gov/dfe. World Café is also conveniently located near bus stops accessible via Big Blue Bus or LA Metro lines.
2403 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
“We are committed to
sustainability in mind, body and spirit. You
got yoga down, we got recycled tools.
Together… we flow sustainably.” yogitoes
weaves sustainable concepts throughout their
business – from operations, to policies, to
outreach in their rExperience Lab community event
and retail space, and to their entire product line.
Let’s start with their green office remodel in
their new location. The retail space: bamboo
flooring and a sofa made with soy foam and
re-purposed produce truck tarps. Offices: Energy
Star computers, walls coated with wipeable paint (so
it acts like a wipeboard) made by
www.ideapaint.com. Kitchen: table made from
reclaimed pine, onsite water filtration from
www.wellwaterusa.net. Green office practices and
policies: all paper products contain the highest
post-consumer content (pcc) – striving for 100% pcc.
Kitchen is stocked with only reusable glasses,
plates, silverware, and even cloth napkins! A
laundry machine onsite washes with
Seventh Generation 4X Laundry Detergent packaged
in a recycled fiber shell that can be composted or
recycled. Alternative transportation incentives for
staff: provide secure bicycle storage, a shower, and
air pump. Most noteworthy sustainable event policy:
guests must bring their own container for refills.
yogitoes staff composts their food scraps in the
office and at all events onsite.