Each year,the SQA recognizes Santa Monica businesses that have successfully incorporated sustainable practices into their operations. The SQAs are intended to educate and inspire local businesses to adopt sustainable practices and support Santa Monica as a sustainable community. The SQA has recognized over 125 businesses since the program launched in 1995.
The 19th Annual Awards Luncheon event will honor the 2014 winners as well as feature a special keynote presentation by Dr. Michael Crooke, Former CEO of Patagonia, Inc., Assistant Professor of Strategy, Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, and Avamere Professor of Practice, Lundquist College of Business at University of Oregon.
Attendees of the awards luncheon are also invited to attend an exciting pre-event "Sustainable Bites" networking hour prepared by Santa Monica chefs including past SQA winners Tiato & An Catering and Bru's Wiffle. In addition, bites will be provided by Back on the Beach/Back on Broadway, Upper West, and culinary students from The Art Institute of California.
"The SQA is the oldest and most rigorous sustainable business award in Southern California" says Shannon Parry, Deputy Sustainability Officer for the Office of Sustainability and the Environment for the City of Santa Monica. "We congratulate the past and current winners on their exemplary leadership. The SQA program, honoring over 115 businesses since 1995, allows us to applaud and highlight how each and every one of these companies makes a difference. By recognizing their achievements, we hope to inspire other businesses to adopt their own sustainable practices, thus helping Santa Monica become a model sustainable community," says Parry.
The Sustainable Quality Awards Grand Prize is awarded to businesses for combined excellence in three areas: economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the natural environment. "Excellence"
The 2014 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) announces two SQA Grand Prize winners and eleven Excellence winners in the following categories:
SQA Grand Prize Winners
Perry's at the Beach
SQA Excellence Winners
Bike and Park Santa Monica - Economic Development
Bryan Cave LLP - Social Responsibility
The Digital Difference - Stewardship of the Environment
Hostelling International LA/ Santa Monica - Stewardship of the Environment
Huckleberry Café, Bakery & Catering - Stewardship of the Environment
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel - Social Responsibility
Red Bull North America - Social Responsibility
Santa Monica Daily Press - Social Responsibility
The Santa Monica Museum of Art - Stewardship of the Environment
Shore Hotel - Social Responsibility & Stewardship of the Environment
Yahoo, Inc. - Social Responsibility
The SQA would like to thank LEED Sponsors, Morley Builders and LAcarGUY for their continued support of the event. Also demonstrating their commitment to sustainability, Environmental Steward Sponsors include Allan Company, Pacific Park, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas.
SQA winners will be formally recognized during a special luncheon award presentation scheduled for April 30, 2014 starting at 11:00 a.m. at Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica. Pre-paid tickets are $50 for Chamber members and $60 for non-members. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.smsqa.com or reserve tickets by calling 310.393.9825.
Event sponsorship or exhibitor information is available on www.smchamber.com/
For more information on the Sustainable Quality Awards program visit www.smsqa.com.
Sustainable Works' Business Greening Program
Eleven of the thirteen SQA Winners participated in the Sustainable Works' Business Greening Program. Eight of the thirteen winners achieved Santa Monica Green Business Certification. The Business Greening Program is a free service for businesses located within Santa Monica and provides the SQA with several strong candidates each year.
Contact Sustainable Works for more information or sign up here.
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