Sustainable Landscaping & Rain Barrel Sale Event


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Saturday, January 31, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
SMC Parking Lot
1744 Pearl Street

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 19, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave.


The Office of Sustainability and the Environment and Sustainable Works present PUMP, the movie, an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from Standard Oil’s illegal tactics to the monopoly oil companies enjoy today. The film explains clearly and simply how we can end this monopoly - and finally win choice at the pump.
Reserve Tickets Online


Pico Branch Library - Santa Monica's GREENEST Building!



Take the #DirtyCarPledge and Go Dirty for the Drought

Join with Los Angeles Waterkeeper to help conserve water and spread the word about the severity of the drought, on the street and on social media. The City of Santa Monica has promised that 120 of its vehicles are going dirty in the coming weeks.
Take the Dirty Car Pledge Today! (sticker provided)


2015 Sustainable Quality Awards

Santa Monica's annual Sustainable Quality Awards celebrate local businesses that are leading the way towards a sustainable future.

Save the Date:
Awards Luncheon Ceremony April 16th, 11:00 am
Le Meridien Delfina Hotel, 530 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica


Santa Monica Receives Cool Planet Award for Energy Savings and Climate Work

The City of Santa Monica has received the 2014 Cool Planet Award, which recognize cities, universities and businesses that demonstrate leadership in energy and carbon management.

Santa Monica's 15x15 Climate Action Plan and Sustainable City Plan, two drivers of innovation, were recognized as important factors in the prize. Santa Monica established the Climate Action Plan, with the short-term goal of reducing community greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2015. Presently, the city has achieved a total reduction of 14 percent below 1990 levels.
Cool Planet Award Website

Santa Monica Public Library

Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

The prestigious awards recognized outstanding titles in several sub-categories within Sustainability in 2014: Ecology, Science, Memoir, Activism, Business, Nature, Beginner Chapter Books, School Age Fiction, School Age Nonfiction, Picture Book Biography for Young Readers, and Picture Book Biography for Older Readers.

(l-r; Christine Pakkala, Author of "Lola Going Green"; Nancy Bender,
Librarian; H. Joseph Hopkins, Author of "The Tree Lady")


Sustainable Technologies at Santa Monica College

The Center for Environmental and Urban Studies at Santa Monica College offers programs of study in Solar Panel Installation, Recycling and Resource Management, and Energy Efficiency that prepare students for jobs in the green economy.
Sustainable Technologies Brochure pdf
Website - Santa Monica College Center for Environmental and Urban Studies

"The Lawn Goodbye" - KCET Focus on Lawn Alternatives

We are in record drought conditions, and the word is spreading in Southern California - traditional lawns use more water than we can afford. KCET reporter Jennifer Sabih gets the facts from the City Of Santa Monica's Russell Ackerman in this fresh video.


AP "Big Story" on One of Our Very Own

AP Video - Water Independence

Healthy Nail Salons Commended

City Officials and the California Healthy Nail Salon
Collaborative commend four Santa Monica salons.

April 2014

Profiled by UK media outlet The Guardian, Mayor Pam O'Connor gives voice to the ongoing efforts to make Santa Monica a Sustainable City.


Safer Personal Care Products

The Skin Deep mobile app from the Environmental Working Group empowers you with safety and health information on over 78,000 products that you can check while you shop.

CAP Document (6MB) pdf

Santa Monica Wellbeing Project WINS Bloomberg Challenge!

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge invited cities to propose innovative solutions to entrenched problems. Five cities, out of over 300 were selected for a prize.  Santa Monica won a $1 million dollar prize to fund the Wellbeing Project.  

Green Building Innovations at 2602 Broadway



Replacing older toilets can reduce water use by 20% or more.  Santa Monica residents may be eligible for a $50 rebate for installing toilets that have the EPA WaterSense Label.  These new toilets use just 1.28 gallons per flush or less and are tested for high-efficiency and performance. Prices start around $120.
To get a rebate, go to; 1-888-376-3314. Rebates are limited. A copy of the receipt and the water bill are required.  Rebates take about six weeks to process.
That's a lot of transportation and environmental costs to pay for something that we already have coming out of the tap.
All About the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ban

Sustainability Videos

The City of Santa Monica and the California Sustainability Alliance partnered to produce these sustainability shorts highlighting the City's leadership role in the green movement. Net Zero Energy showcases Solar Santa Monica, The Value of Trees looks at urban forestry management in Santa Monica, and A Tale of Two Carrots spotlights the S.M. Farmers Markets' successful push for sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on the local economy.


A Website for Sore Eyes

Take a gander at some gorgeous gardens, point and click on the plants you like and - voila! - you tap into a wealth of information on that particular plant species. Click again and you automatically compile a printable list of plants that can easily be handed-off to a landscaper or an attendant at your favorite nursery.
This tool will go a long way in helping you overcome some of the most significant hurdles in getting your sustainable landscape project started. 

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Landscape project compares Traditional vs. Santa Monica-Friendly gardens and the results are downright inspiring! Get the full story...
Buying Recycled - check out the great site that the State of California set up. RecycleStore showcases innovative recycled-content products and puts you in touch directly with their manufacturers.
January 2015
Jan 31, Saturday
10:00am - 2:00pm
Sustainable Landscape and Rain Barrel Sale Event
February 2015
Feb 7, Saturday
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Succulent Bonsai Workshop
Feb 17, Tuesday
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Sustainable Landscape Design (for Professionals)
Feb 19, Thursday
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Film Screening & Panel Discussion - Pump, the Movie at Aero Theatre
Feb 21, Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
Free Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling
March 2015
Mar 3, Tuesday
6:45pm - 8:00pm
SMC Environmental and Urban Issues Lecture Series
Mar 10, Tuesday
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Sustainable Landscape Installation (for Professionals)
Mar 24, Tuesday
6:45pm - 8:00pm
SMC Environmental and Urban Issues Lecture Series
April 2015
Apr 11, Saturday
7:00am - 2:00pm
Free Compost Giveaway!
Apr 16, Thursday
11:00am - 2:00pm
Sustainable Quality Awards Luncheon
Apr 18, Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
Used Oil Recycling & Filter Exchange
Apr 21, Tuesday
6:45pm - 8:00pm
SMC Environmental and Urban Issues Lecture Series
May 2015
May 5, Tuesday
6:45pm - 8:00pm
SMC Environmental and Urban Issues Lecture Series
May 9, Saturday
11:00am - 6:00pm
Santa Monica Festival
May 19, Tuesday
6:45pm - 8:00pm
SMC Environmental and Urban Issues Lecture Series
June 2015
Jun 13, Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
Free Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling
July 2015
Jul 18, Saturday
7:00am - 2:00pm
Free Compost Giveaway!
Jul 25, Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
Used Oil Recycling & Filter Exchange
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