September Events Calendar
Sustainable City Plan 2014



Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 20th - 9:00 am - Noon

Farmers Market Bring a Bag,
Get a Bag Event
September 21, 10:00am - Noon
Heritage Square - 2640 Main Street

Bring your extra bags to share with others or pick-up a custom new bag made with scrap material by Green Vets L.A.
Buy Local Give Local
Buy Local Give Local
Buy Local Santa Monica Week 2014: Buy Local, Give Local
September 22 - 28; Citywide
Participating local businesses will be partnering with Santa Monica-based charities to help raise donations, from canned food to art supplies and clothing. Participating customers will be rewarded with special discounts and customer appreciation events!


Innovative Design in the Post-Carbon City:
a Conversation with Eric Corey Freed & Thom Mayne

Beach=Culture at the Beach House
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402


Eric Corey Freed is Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with over 20 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country.

Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design. As Design Director and thought leader of Morphosis, Mayne provides overall vision and project leadership to the firm.

Reserve your ticket online

Event Flyer

Fed Up the movie - challenging the food industry

Excessive sugar consumption is leading to widespread obesity and diet related illness - why is there so much added sugar in our food?


Free Screening (to first 100 Santa Monica residents) and panel discussion.
Thursday, September 25th, 7:30 pm
Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica

Event Flyer pdf


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


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. Fall semester starts soon!
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.



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

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.
September 2014
Sep 21, Sunday
10:00am - 12:00pm
Farmers Market Bring a Bag, Get a Bag Event
Sep 22, Monday
All Day
Buy Local Santa Monica Week: Buying Local Gives Back Sept. 22 - 28
Sep 23, Tuesday
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Beach=Culture: Innovative Design in the Post-Carbon City
Sep 23, Tuesday
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Beyond Sustainability: Innovative Building Design in the Post-Carbon City
Sep 24, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mike Brune and Ruskin Hartley: The Legacy of John Muir
Sep 25, Thursday
7:30pm - 10:30pm
Fed Up - Movie Screening
Sep 27, Saturday
7:00am - 2:00pm
Free Compost Giveaway!
Sep 27, Saturday
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Composting the Easy Way
October 2014
Oct 2, Thursday
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Front Porch Cinema on the Santa Monica Pier, "Higher", the Movie
Oct 3, Friday
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Front Porch Cinema on the Santa Monica Pier, "Frozen", the Movie
Oct 8, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
Oct 8, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Oct 15, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Oct 15, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
Oct 18, Saturday
10:00am - 11:30am
Halloween Costume Swap
Oct 22, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
Oct 22, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Oct 29, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Oct 29, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
November 2014
Nov 5, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
Nov 5, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Nov 8, Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
Used Oil Recycling & Filter Exchange
Nov 12, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
Nov 12, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Shopping & Food
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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