California Friendly Landscape Training


The 8th annual Spring Green Expo, hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, next to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, is a unique one-day educational event offering the opportunity to learn what steps you can take to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Spring Green Expo website

Share your vision for the Library and the community -- five public forums at five different library branches, April 8 - April 23.
Envision the Future of the Library - Flyer pdf

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)


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
Video - 2014 Cool Planet Award Ceremony

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


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.


Profiled by UK media outlet The Guardian, longtime City Council Member and former 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 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.

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.
March 2015
Mar 31, Tuesday
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Get Ready for Summer Gardening
April 2015
Apr 1, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
Apr 8, Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
Apr 11, Saturday
7:00am - 2:00pm
Free Compost Giveaway!
Apr 11, Saturday
11:00am - 1:00pm
Free Class - California Friendly Landscape Training
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
Apr 28, Tuesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
Apr 30, Thursday
8:30am - 1:30pm
Spring Green Expo
May 2015
May 5, Tuesday
6:45pm - 8:00pm
SMC Environmental and Urban Issues Lecture Series
May 5, Tuesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
May 9, Saturday
11:00am - 6:00pm
Santa Monica Festival
May 12, Tuesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
May 19, Tuesday
6:45pm - 8:00pm
SMC Environmental and Urban Issues Lecture Series
May 19, Tuesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
May 26, Tuesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
June 2015
Jun 2, Tuesday
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Green Living Workshop
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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