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

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GBC 2014 - 2016
Aura Shop (Retail)
Bru's Wiffle - A Waffle Joint (Restaurant)
Central Parking, an SP Plus Company (Office)
Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (Office)
O2 Chiropractic & Wellnes (Office)
Perry's Cafes & Beach Rentals (Restaurant / Office)
Santa Monica Bike Center (Office)
GBC 2013 - 2015
Blackman & Holberton (Office)
Capital Intelligence Associates (Office - Financial Planning)
Eight VFX (Office - Visual Effects)
HGA Architects and Engineers (Office)
Malibu Discovery Tours
Milo & Olive (Restaurant)
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (Office)
ROC Real Office Centers
Röckenwagner Bakery (Restaurant / Café)
Universal Music Group (Office - Retail)
GBC 2012 - 2014
Areal (Restaurant)
Baby Daze Boutique (Retail)
California Monster Salad (Restaurant)
haleARTS SPACE (Arts & Culture)
Hang-Ups Unlimited (Retail)
Healthy Spot (Retail)
Natural High Lifestyle (Retail)
On Golden Pond Inc. (Office)
Three Squares Inc. (Office)
Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden Venue (Restaurant)
Santa Monica Museum of Art (Arts & Culture)
yogitoes (Retail)
GBC 2011 - 2013
The Ambrose (Hotel)
Aura Shop (Retail)
Back on the Beach Café  (Restaurant)
Bru’s Wiffle (A Waffle Joint)
CaseStack (Office)
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (Office)
Gorman and Miller
Hostelling International – Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (Office)
Leaf Lifestyle Inc. (Fitness)
The Lobster (Restaurant)
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Lotus East-West Medical Center (Office)
Miles Memorial Playhouse (Arts & Culture)
Real Food Daily (Restaurant)
Santa Monica Pizza Kitchen  (Restaurant)
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce (office)
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Santa Monica College (office)
GBC 2010 - 2012
Blackman and Holberton (Office)
The Coffee Spot (Restaurant/ Coffee shop)
Cars.com (Office)
Community Corporation of Santa Monica (Office)
Cooportunity (Grocer)
Essential Living Foods (Grocer/ Foods Distributor)
Ocean View Hotel (Hotel)
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar (Restaurant/ bar)
RMC Water & Environment (Office)
Röckenwagner Bakery (Restaurant/ café)
GBC 2009 - 2011
Healthy Spot  (Retail)
Hershey | Cause (Office)
Library Alehouse (Restaurant)
Pizza Fusion (Restaurant)
Red Bull (Office)
TCBY/Starbucks (Restaurant)
World Cafe (Restaurant)
GBC 2008 - 2010
The Ambrose (Hotel)
Aura Shop (Retail)
Business.com (Office)
CaseStack (Office)
Hartnell (Retail)
Kreation Kafe (Restaurant)
The Lobster (Restaurant)
GBC 2007 - 2009
Rustic Canyon (Restaurant)
GBC 2005 - 2007
Ambrose (Hotel)
Cooportunity (Grocer)
Library Alehouse (Restaurant)
Patagonia (Retail)


The Ambrose
1255 20th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 315-1555

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 resources.

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 e-newsletter.


Areal Areal (Restaurant)
2820 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Areal, the 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 Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guide.

From 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 application 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 Norex 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.


Aura Shop
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 beverages, are 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!


Baby Daze Boutique
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.”

The 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 (http://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

Back on the Beach Café
445 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 institutional cleaners.


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 in 2007.

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 benedict.

Bru’s Wiffle is a successful zero waste restaurant establishment. With the addition of composting through 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 supplier, 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 Environment.


california monster salad California Monster Salad
411 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310.587.2523

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   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 Farmers Market.

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.


Cars.com (office)
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 (Office)
1444 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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 Environmental Protection 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.



The CoffeeSpot
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: Mike Eghbali, Owner
Tel: 310.458.4761

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. 310.394.8487

Community Corporation of Santa Monica is a locally based, non-profit organization committed to developing and managing 1470 affordable housing within the City of Santa Monica. They demonstrate exceptional commitment to sustainability by extending their environmentally-friendly practices to over 80 affordable housing properties in addition to their internal operations.

Their 2nd Street office completed successful water and energy efficiency retrofits. In the restrooms, high efficiency faucet aerators set on motion sensors emit 0.5 gallons of water per minute. To comply with the required energy efficiency measures for Green Business Certification, their office performed a successful lighting retrofit to reduce energy use. T8 fluorescents and various LED lamps replace old inefficient incandescents and fluorescents.

Community Corp’s office kitchen stocks ample reusable dishware for employees. For events, biodegradable paper plates and recycled content napkins are used. An onsite water filtration system replaces a water delivery service – saving them money and reducing carbon emissions associated with previous motor vehicle transportation of water.

Community Corp also uses low or zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints in their housing units to help foster good indoor air quality. They also host Sustainable Works Green Living Workshops to educate their tenants on recycling procedures for their residential units. They are also a 2009 Sustainable Quality Award Excellence winner.


Downtown Santa Monica

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.


Eight VFX
1712 Berkeley Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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 SolarSantaMonica.com.


Essential Living Foods
922 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310.319.1555 x103
Contact: Michael Schodorf

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 & Miller

Gorman and Miller
201 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 www.halearts.com/haleARTS/arts_earth_PARTNERSHIP


  HGA Architects and Engineers
1918 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

HGA 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.


Hang-Ups Unlimited
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.

With Hang-Ups 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

Hostelling International – Los Angeles/ Santa Monica
1436 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Contact: Tatiane Rodrigues

Hostelling International-Los Angeles/Santa Monica reveals an eco-friendly, high-end hostel experience two blocks from the beach.  The environmentally conscious hostel features 260 beds on four floors with a member's kitchen, game room, computer center, library, laundry facilities, and movie and television room. Throughout the hostel, natural light shines inside via windows and skylights. The communal kitchen is stocked with only reusable dishes and utensils for guests to wash and sanitize after use. The colorful walls are coated with low to zero-VOC paints.

Hostelling International in Santa Monica uses environmentally-friendly cleaning methods facility wide such as vinegar and peroxide based Green Seal Certified cleaners. They use a very innovative, non-toxic window cleaning method called the Ionator EXP™ which is a cleaning dispenser that converts tap water into ionized water. The ionized water can also be used as a general purpose cleaner. By participating in a SoCal Edison Express Efficiency program, vending machines have Vending Miser motion sensor devices installed –cutting energy use up to 40%. Many major appliances and office equipment such as refrigerators, vending machines and copiers are Energy Star®.  All office paper is printed on both sides before it is recycled and contains minimum 30% post-consumer content.


Leaf Lifestyle

Leaf Lifestyle Inc.
1617 Broadway, Suite C
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: info@leaflifestyle.com

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 quality.


The Lobster
1602 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Lobster, located near the historic Santa Monica Pier, boasts an appealing ocean-side view and features a classic American menu integrating sustainably certified wild caught or farm raised seafood. Executive Chef Colin Crannell can be found in the morning walking the Santa Monica farmer’s market shopping for local seasonal produce to create simple yet elegant dishes.

The Lobster’s Green Business accomplishments consists of installing 9KW solar panels via Solar Santa Monica’s program in 2008 and retrofitting the bar area with LED lighting. The dining area integrates natural sunlight. Public restrooms have motion sensor sinks installed with high efficiency faucet aerators. They regularly stock Green Seal certified, dish soap and hand soap. The Lobster goes above and beyond City Transportation Management Ordinances by surpassing average vehicle ridership levels and providing financial incentives for employees to commute using alternative transportation. They obtain metro bus passes in bulk quantities so staff can purchase passes at a $50 discount.  The Lobster also stocks local Big Blue Bus Route Map information to distribute upon request.


Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Direct. 310-576-3135
Contact: joloughlin@loewshotels.com

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, together with a strong desire to protect the planet. Their hotel operations emphasize energy, water efficiency, waste reduction and green building materials throughout the facility. The hotel has a well established Green Team, consisting of key staff, to seek opportunities to further incorporate green standards into all aspects of business.

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. Loews donates their excess food to local charities such as Meals on Wheels, reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. They also donate uniforms, bedding and supplies to the Ocean Park Community Center.  In addition, to reduce paper use they supply marketing materials on flash drives so they can be viewed without printing. The newly renovated hotel features eco-friendly materials throughout the facility, such as Low VOC paints used facility-wide, as well as systems that promote water and energy efficiency (i.e. photocells are installed on exterior lights that turn on when the sun sets, and turn off with sufficient daylight). Combining the best of nature and nurture, the Loews’ 7,000-square-foot Ocean Spa & Fitness also incorporates green building and design elements, with signature organic treatments and spa products.  The Loews Santa Monica Beach hotel is one the first luxury hotels in the City to achieve Santa Monica Green Business Certification.


Lotus East-West Medical Center

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 jip-board.

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 “Eco-font” 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 artists. 


malibu discovery tours Malibu Discovery Tours
2022 Broadway, Suite A
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Malibu Discovery 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 environment.

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, Kelly Paper and recycles 75% of their discarded materials in their blue bin, and in the restaurant food waste bin next door.


Miles Memorial Playhouse Miles Memorial Playhouse (Arts & Culture)
1130 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

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 Arts:Earth Partnership.

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.

Incoming 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
2723 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Contact: Katelyn Blanchard

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 of Buy Local Santa Monica but they also use local green caterer, Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, for special events


Natural 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 in Beijing.

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 system called 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 the 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 composting bin.


O2 Chiropractic & Wellness (Office)
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 their health problems. Their goal is to address the real cause, not just the symptom.

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? The O2 office links wellness to breathing clean air in many ways. They promote clean indoor air by choosing low VOC paints and green cleaning chemicals such as Mrs Meyer’s 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 toner cartridges from Staple’s Sustainable Earth product line. Remanufactured toner cartridges are reused and refurbished several times before being grinded down for recycling. Remanufactured cartridges also always cost less than a new cartridge!

O2 Chiropractic & Wellness features natural sunlight in some private rooms, and energy efficient lighting facility-wide. To reduce and reuse waste, Director of Operations Jennifer Doyle, collects all packaging from orders received for reuse at The National 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.


Real Food Daily On Golden Pond Inc. (Office)
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
Santa 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 City 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 one-at-a-time dispensers 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 Santa Monica’s Sustainable Food Movement.


Real Food Daily

Real Food Daily (Restaurant)
514-516 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Contact: jessicag@realfood.com

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 sourced locally.

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
1555 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 specific commute.

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 through TerraCycle.

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.


Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (Office)
1920 Main Street. Suite B. Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel destination. Santa Monica CVB has been a Green Business Certification Program founding partner since 2007. Santa Monica CVB promotes Santa Monica’s sustainable lifestyle, green-certified businesses, farmers markets and more in their marketing and services to tourists, residents, and local businesses.

The Santa Monica CVB administrative office and Walk-in Visitor Center features ample sunlight through skylights and windows – so energy used for lighting is minimal.   The staff kitchen is stocked with reusable kitchenware. Any meetings taking place in their conference room comes with water and refreshments in reusable glassware or mugs. Use Water Wisely and Turn off prompt signs are posted office-wide. They worked with their cleaning contractors to switch to less toxic cleaning alternatives. Natural oil reed diffusers replaced synthetic aerosol sprays in restrooms. Staff performs local errands by foot or by bike using employee bicycles safely stored onsite. 


Santa Monica Museum of Art
Bergamot Station G1, 252 Michigan Avenue,
Santa 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 Arts: Earth 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.


Röckenwagner Bakery (restaurant/ café)
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 Santa Monica 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 harvested wood.

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 Sustainable Works. Röckenwagner staff performs local zero-emission deliveries on a used bicycle–even the shelf installed on the bike was made by owner, Hans, from scrap wood.


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

Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce (office)
1234 6th Street
Santa 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 Award event, and they recognize Green Certified Chamber members in their annual Business Guide publication.

The Santa Monica Chamber walks the green talk in their own office by reusing materials left over from various events.  The staff kitchen is stocked with durable kitchenware like silverware, mugs and plates. Paper products such as printing paper, napkins, business cards and letterhead contain post-consumer recycled waste. They stock organic coffee and compost the used grounds in employee gardens. In line with their commitment to support local economy, they procure services and items exclusively from local businesses including hotels, restaurants and Farmers Markets. Their office demonstrates indoor and outdoor water saving practices - artificial turf along the front sidewalk eliminates landscape maintenance and lowers water bills, and an atmospheric water generator in conference room provides ample purified drinking water during committee meetings. The Chamber office is also located near major Big Blue Bus routes.


Santa Monica Pizza

Santa Monica Pizza Kitchen  (Restaurant)
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 sustainable community.


Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica 
530 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Boasting elegantly designed interiors by Kelly Wearstler and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Le Meridien Delfina unites luxury and sustainability. Le Meridien rewards guests who actively conserve resources during their stay via the Viceroy Hotel Group’s Second Nature Program.  Visitors driving hybrid cars enjoy a $10 discount off valet charges. In line with Santa Monica Transportation Management Ordinances, bicycle rentals are available and $35 credit applies to a guest stay when transported by hybrid vehicle or mass transit.
Water stations located in Le Meridien 24-hour fitness centers are refilled by filtration systems onsite. Equipment like refrigerators are air cooled (instead of water cooled) reducing both water and energy use.  The advanced PH conductivity controller installed in the cooling tower also recycles water.  This luxury hotel is the first on the west coast to pioneer the FDA approved electrolyzed water cleaning system eliminating toxins and plastic waste. The multi-purpose cleaning solution, made from electrolyzed tap water and salt, is refilled into dispensers by custodial staff facility-wide. Le Meridien’s comprehensive recycling programs range from co-mingled collection for mixed paper, cans, plastic, and glass to pre-consumer food waste composting via the City’s Restaurant Food Waste program. Sustainable procurement includes recycled content janitorial products such as Ecologo certified Royal’s Paper Earthfirst tissue paper containing 80% post-consumer content. Le Meridien commits to serving cage-free eggs and when feasible, Executive Chef Tony Sasaki shops for organic produce at local Farmers Markets. Le Meridien commits to further reducing its ecological footprint by their next re-certification period in 2014!



Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
at Santa Monica College (office)

3400 Airport Ave, Suite 76
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: sedlic_steven@smc.edu
Part of 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 Californians.
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
Tel: 310.393.7693
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 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 local products.

ROC demonstrates innovative green building and environmentally-conscious operational practices. Sustainable modular offices manufactured by 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 Santa Monica Farmers Market – any leftover peels and pulp gets added to their compost bin.


TCBY/ Starbucks
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Contact: Mike Eghbali, Owner
Tel: 310.452.4761

TCBY is the first food establishment at Santa Monica College to achieve Green Business Certification. 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 accomplishments in running an environmentally-friendly business on campus.

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.
For many years, TCBY has been stocking reusable travel mugs personalized with each employee’s name. 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. TCBY also serves pre-packed organic sandwiches from “Organic To Go”. 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.


Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden Venue (restaurant)
2700 Colorado Ave
Suite 190
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tel: 310.866.5228

Tiato is a gourmet “grab and go” eatery and retail market offering fresh bites on the go, seat yourself café-style seating, full-service dining, a wine/beer and Asian tapas bar, with outdoor garden seating. Tiato’s commitment to sustainability includes procuring fresh ingredients directly from local California earth-friendly farms such as produce from Weiser and Hernandez Family Farms and eggs from Sunset Ranch. Eco-friendly procurement also extends to their interior design of the restaurant via repurposing salvaged wood fence posts into wall panels, decorative crates and custom designed picture frames. 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 features vegan alternatives, as well as sustainably harvested meats – such as grass fed beef.

They support Santa Monica’s goal to eliminate the use of single-use bags by selling their own branded reusable bags. The employee area - lined with conservation and signage prompts - supports the company-wide policy to reduce energy consumption and waste. Tiato not only composts pre-consumer food waste from the kitchen via the City’s Food Scraps program – they go the extra step to have staff separate unwanted foods and compostable items (such as napkins) left on customer tables – a commendable and substantial waste-reduction measure for restaurants to implement successfully.


Three Squares International Inc. (Office)
1507 7th Street, #105
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Three Squares International Inc. (TSI) is a globally recognized environmental consulting firm. TSI specializes in developing comprehensive sustainability plans for corporate entities, government agencies and academic institutions. A leader in sustainable event production, TSI has reduced the environmental impact of many large-scale events, including Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall and Sustainable Meetings Conference.

As part of their comprehensive TSI Sustainable Operations Standard, TSI tracks and neutralizes all of their carbon emissions from Scope I, II and III emissions including: air travel, vehicle miles traveled, office energy use, and all packages shipped. Their website and office is powered by the sun i.e., TSI suites are lit by natural sunshine via floor to ceiling windows – so lights powered by the grid are off during daylight hours. LED tubes light up the office garage. TSI implements reduce, reuse and recycle practices to the extreme – from composting staff food waste to adorning the office with used furniture and equipment acquired from Craig’s List. They stock reusable cleaning towels and a kitchen with Organic, Fair Trade coffee, china and silverware, and condiments in bulk. They source local California suppliers for picture frames, awards and certificates used in house or for events that contain 80-90% post-consumer recycled content and are made from 91% recycled glass. All TSI events distribute paperless agendas via mobile apps or online viewing tools to be in line with their ZERO WASTE event policy. TSI will be one of the first US firms to achieve the new ISO 20121 standard for sustainable events management for their upcoming Women In Green Forum taking place in Santa Monica end of August 2012.


Pizza Fusion
2901 Ocean Park Blvd
Suite 123
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310.625.5002

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
1740 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Red Bull puts as much energy into sustainable business practices as they do into their beverages.

Red Bull performed a complete green-building remodel to LEED standards when they moved into their new location. The parking lot integrates permeable “greenscape,” allowing rainfall to percolate in rather than running off to the streets collecting trash. The rainfall then flows into nearby storm drains leading directly to the ocean.

Instead of conventional carpet, Red Bull procures formaldehyde free “carpet squares.” Carpet squares come in a range of easy to coordinate colors and patterns and the fibers are easy to clean – no harsh chemicals necessary – you can even pick up the square and wash it in the sink! The squares are also eco-friendly – via a Return and Recycle program – where you can turn old carpet into new! Most appliances are rated Energy Star, and plenty of natural daylight comes in via vast skylights. Lights are only necessary for a few hours in the later afternoon – and they are set on timers. All incandescent task lighting lamps are replaced with compact fluorescents. To further reduce energy use, Red Bull provides blankets to staff members in lieu of space heaters. To reduce purchase of plastic bottles, employees refill their own stainless steel containers (purchased by Red Bull) at each kitchen sink installed with a filtration unit. To ensure proper disposal of electronic items known as “e-waste," collection boxes are positioned at IT workstations.


Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
1314 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310.434.2300

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
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, 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
2919 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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!


Rustic Canyon
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.


1525 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact: Robin Enwright
(310) 451-8902

Co-opportunity is a natural foods grocer providing natural and organic foods to Santa Monica and the surrounding area since 1974. In all areas of its operations, through the products it sells, and in its interactions with the community, Co-opportunity’s 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!

They have a storewide buying policy to obtain organic products whenever possible. They strive to stock produce grown by local California Farmers. During staff trainings and meetings, the Co-op educates employees on current environmental issues such as the Pacific Gyre, commonly referred to as the “Pacific Garbage Patch”). They train their employees on proper recycling procedures, and further outreach to all staff by posting break clear REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE signage detailing acceptable items for recycling. To walk the talk, the employee break room is stocked with reusable kitchenware. Co-op’s waste diversion has increase approximately 40% since educating and training their staff on recycling procedures.

Co-opportunity only stocks non-toxic cleaning products on their shelves, and they use the same cleaners in-house. Their janitorial paper products, such as bathroom tissue and paper towels manufactured by Wausau Paper/ Bay West, are Green Seal certified. During their administrative offices remodel, they installed bamboo flooring.


Euphoria Loves RAWvolution
2301 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact: Lisa or Zat
Tel: 310.396.4300
Email:  info@euphoriacompany.com

Euphoria Loves RAWvolution (ELR) is committed to conscious, earth-friendly practices in every aspect of their business. Euphoria’s food waste is collected and either composted to make fertilizer or turned into bio-fuel to run vehicles. Currently, about 95% of all foods purchased at ELR (nothing frozen or microwaved) are USDA certified organic.  By requiring all of their vendors to stock certified organic alternatives and reusable or recyclable shipping materials this small deli shows how small business can grow the market for sustainable products.  All of their to-go containers are biodegradable, meaning they are made from bagasse, recycled paper, corn or potatoes – even their straws! They exclusively use non-toxic cleaning supplies such as peroxide based dish detergent. The few office supplies stocked are made from post-consumer content recycled paper. Only natural ventilation such as cross breezes and fans, are used - no mechanically cooled air! Employees are supplied with organic cotton uniform shirts, offered generous discounts and are encouraged to bring their home water jugs to fill at the café's state-of-the-art custom water filtration system.  ELR helped Santa Monica launch the Certified Green Business program in 2006 by participating as a pilot business. 


Gladstein, Neandross & Associates LLC
3015 Main Street, Suite 300, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-1934

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
(310) 314-4855

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
(310) 314-1776

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.

‘Reduce and Reuse’ practices range from replacing kitchen disposables like paper cups and plastic utensils with reusable mugs and silverware, and a used book exchange display coordinated by staff in the main break room. Bryan Cave estimates the cost of purchasing silverware will be recouped within 3 months compared to monies spent on disposable utensil procurement. The firm, world-wide, is also purchasing mugs for over 1,000 employees to further ‘Reduce and Reuse’ efforts company-wide.  Innovative, local and socially responsible sustainable strategies include hosting a 'Green Day Fair' on St Patrick's Day 2009 featuring vendors and local environmental non-profits with aim to educate employees on available and local green resources, and coordinating a recent beach clean-up with Heal the Bay for employees to participate in during paid work hours with a company-provided lunch.  Bryan Cave's sustainable business practices, ranging from adopting the ABA-EPA Law Office climate Challenge to purchasing post-consumer content recycled paper supplies, are outlined in their Sustainability Policy which is included in the company manual.


Kreation Kafe
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.


Morley Builders
3330 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA  90405
Contact: Jessica Kurland
Tel: 310.399.1600 ext. 269
Email: jkurland@morleybuilders.com

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.

All 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 FSC 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
Tel: 310.865.5530

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 building.

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 non-business hours.

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
Tel: 310.656.1001
Email: bremedios@hersheycause.com

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.


Healthy Spot
1110 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Contact: Jordan Vaine
Tel: 310.458.2004

Healthy Spot is an all-in-one pet retailer providing award winning customer service, preventative and proactive canine care, eco-friendly products, and a variety of services ranging from doggie-day care to pet grooming. Products used are organic, natural, raw or eco-friendly and made with responsible manufacturing practices.

Healthy Spot opened their doors in 2008 with four employees –and four years later, with sustainability as a priority in their business model, they have forty employees on payroll and received a 2012 Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Award. Healthy Spot offers a range of products and services which are not often found in most pet supply establishments. They ONLY stock biodegradable doggie bags and bio-training pads. Pets visiting for flea treatment are treated with a natural flea and tick spray called Vet’s Best which contains clove and peppermint oils. Most of their Green Seal certified office supplies are purchased and delivered by Costco Business products . Notable green building features include solar tubes in restrooms that provide natural sunlight, and a tank-less water heater. Healthy Spot invested $4,200 in water and lighting conservation retrofits at their Santa Monica location.


Copia Creative, Inc. 
3122 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 203
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact: Michelle Adelson/Anique Oudshoorn
Tel: 310.826.7422
Email: anique@copiacreative.com

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
Tel.: 310.571.0500
Email: Micheleb@thresholdsound.com

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).


Watt Companies
2716 Ocean Park Blvd
Suite 2025
Santa Monica, CA 
Contact:  Alex Reed
Tel: 310.450.3802
Email:  areed@wattcompanies.com

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.


World Café
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.