Santa Monica's New Pico Branch Library in Virginia Avenue Park is a Green Marvel!




"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

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AP Video - Water Independence


Healthy Nail Salons Commended


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

April 2014

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


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Students and Teachers - It's Curious Contraption Time!

It takes real science and engineering skills to build the most elaborate and hilarious machines imaginable to perform a simple task. Heal the Bay and The Santa Monica Pier are hosting a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in the fall so now is the time to start planning and creating.
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest pdf


Safer Personal Care Products

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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.

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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

 



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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 www.socalwatersmart.com; 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.
 
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That's a lot of transportation and environmental costs to pay for something that we already have coming out of the tap.
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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.

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A Website for Sore Eyes

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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...
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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.
Events
August 2014
Aug 7, Thursday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Santa Monica Farmers Market: Local, Seasonal, Sustainable, SEAFOOD!
Aug 16, Saturday
9:30am - 1:00pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
Aug 23, Saturday
All Day
Citywide Yard Sale
Aug 25, Monday
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Preparing Your Fall Garden
September 2014
Sep 16, Tuesday
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Sustainable Landscape Architechture - Planting Specifications and Details
Sep 17, Wednesday
9:00am - 12:00pm
Coastal Cleanup Education Day
Sep 19, Friday
10:00am - 5:00pm
9th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference
Sep 20, Saturday
9:00am - 12:00pm
Coastal Cleanup Day, Dive & Lifeguard Paddle Out
Sep 20, Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm
9th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference
Sep 27, Saturday
7:00am - 2:00pm
Free Compost Giveaway!
November 2014
Nov 8, Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
Used Oil Recycling & Filter Exchange
Nov 15, Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
Free Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling
Nov 18, Tuesday
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Sustainable Landscape Architechture - Developing an Irrigation Plan
December 2014
Dec 13, Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
Clothing & Textile Recycling
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