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 longtime advocate of sustainability, Community Corporation of Santa Monica won Sustainable Quality Excellence Awards in 2001, 2009 and 2015.