Know of a particularly green business in Santa Monica? It’s that time of the year again to showcase the city’s commitment to sustainability and stewardship by nominating a business for the 21st Annual Sustainable Quality Awards Program.
Sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the City of Santa Monica, and Sustainable Works, awards are given for “excellence” in sustainable economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the environment. Businesses demonstrating excellence in all three categories are awarded the Grand Prize.
The Sustainable Quality Awards Programs is open to businesses that have been open for at least two years, at least two full-time employees, are part of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce or in the City of Santa Monica, and in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.
The winners will be formally honored during a special awards ceremony April 21, 2016 at Le Meridien Delfina Hotel.
The SQA are the oldest and most rigorous sustainable business award in Southern California.
Then Santa Monica Chamber President, Dan Ehrler, first brought forward the idea of hosting a Sustainable Quality Awards-like program in Santa Monica. Inspired by a similar award in Santa Cruz, Santa Monica modified and expanded the SQA to reach all sectors of Santa Monica’s sustainable business community.
The Chamber of Commerce and City of Santa Monica partnered to host the first SQA in 1995. There were 12 nominees and 50 people attended the luncheon. In 2001, Sustainable Works, responsible for providing a range of green business programs , became an SQA partner, expanding the SQA’s reach into the business community.
Today, the SQA receive over 50 business nominations and more than 300 people attend the Awards ceremony.
The nomination period closes Tuesday, Nov. 3.
To nominate a business visit smqa.com and click on “nominate.” Follow clear prompts to submit a paperless nomination.
For more information, contact Carl Hansen of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce at [email protected] or at 310.393.9825 x116.