Santa Monica News
Green Businesses Recieve Awards
By Sami Mello
Mar 24, 2013 - 11:40:09 AM
SANTA MONICA—Santa Monica is known for being one of the top ten sustainable cities in the U.S., the city is run on 100 percent renewable energy, even the Pacific Wheel is solar-powered.
Last week, Santa Monica was honored for being progressively green. The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, City of Santa Monica and Sustainable
Works, a nonprofit organization, came together for the Sustainable Quality Awards, an event to pay homage to local, environmentally-friendly businesses.
Inside Tiato Cafe. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Businesses were awarded merit based on their economic development, social responsibility and stewardship of the natural environment because of their ability to decrease waste and pollution while increasing the quality of life for their workers and those in the surrounding community.
This year, the three grand prize winners of the event were: Yogitoes, Tiato Cafe & An Catering and Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau.
According to its website, Yogitoes is yoga supply company that’s uses 100 percent recycled content in their products and to date, have “rescued 900,000 plastic bottles from oceans and landfills.” They have also donated yoga supplies to the Prison Yoga Project, a program aimed at teaching mindfulness and meditation to inmates at San Quentin.
Like many businesses honored at the event, Tiato CafÃ© & An Catering was commended for being LEEDS certified, meaning it adheres to green building standards. The catering company also implements community-involved programs, such as, discounts for bike riders.
Also awarded, was the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau which has been a leading force in the green revolution for years. They were praised for their sustainable initiatives, including the conception of the Third Street Promenade, a consumer shopping mall at an ideal location that encourages people to walk or bike there.
rSweatless towel by Yogitoes. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Since 1994, businesses in Santa Monica have been engaging in environmentally-sound practices. By adopting the Sustainable City Plan, the City of Santa Monica has been able to reduce annual water use and beach pollution, according to its website.
In 2006, the city launched the Green Certification Program which provides businesses assistance in practicing cost-saving, green techniques.
Today, there are nearly 100 California Green Businesses certified in Santa Monica alone.
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