Well Being Buy Local FestivalBuy Local Give Local Week10th Annual Alt Car ExpoCoastal Clean-up DayGreen Prize for Sustainable LiteratureCitywide Yard SaleSustainable Movie DamNationFacebook: @SustainableSantaMonicaTwitter: @sustainableSMInstagram: @sustainableSM


Santa Monica Turf Removal and Landscape Rebates Still 100% Funded

Santa Monica will continue to fully fund its landscape and water saving rebates. Santa Monica Water Customers are not affected by the Metropolitan Water District's decision to end their hugely popular cash for grass rebates after funding was exhausted. Santa Monica is committed to helping everyone save water during this statewide drought. Find out more at sustainablesm.org/rebates, 310.458.8972 or email savewater@smgov.net.


Report Water Waste

See a broken sprinkler, water running down the gutter, or any water waste in Santa Monica? Be a water hero!
Report Water Waste


Converting to Drip Irrigation - The Definitive Guide

As part of the continuing effort to foster sustainability, the Santa Monica Public Library's annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature selects the top works in the field.

In 2015 there are five Green Prize winners for Youth literature and four in the Adult category. In addition, author E.O. Wilson is being recognized as this year's Pioneer Award Winner. 

Click on any Green Prize Award winning book to see its availability in the library.

Major Water Savings Are Within Reach

Finding out what makes Santa Monica thrive.
New website: wellbeing.smgov.net


Helping Boaters Keep It Clean

To prevent discharges of fuels and oil into our waterways, The Bay Foundation is offering free recycling of fuel and oil-soaked absorbent pads, and distribution of free absorbent pads. Two locations in Marina del Rey.
Press Release
Bay Foundation Website - Clean Boating


Pico Branch Library - Santa Monica's GREENEST Building!


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


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.

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


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...
October 2015
Oct 10, Saturday
9:00am - 2:00pm
Free Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling
Oct 11, Sunday
2:30pm - 4:30pm
I Can Stand the Rain: El Nino Prep at the Aquarium
Oct 13, Tuesday
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Whiplash: From Super Drough to El Nino
Oct 17, Saturday
9:30am - 1:00pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
Oct 17, Saturday
10:00am - 1:00pm
Landscape Rebate Training
Oct 24, Saturday
10:00am - 12:00pm
Preserving the Flavor: Amber Waves of Grain
November 2015
Nov 7, Saturday
7:00am - 2:00pm
Free Compost Giveaway!
Nov 14, Saturday
9:00am - 3:00pm
Used Oil Recycling & Filter Exchange
Nov 21, Saturday
9:30am - 1:00pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
December 2015
Dec 5, Saturday
10:00am - 1:00pm
Book Signing - The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen, A Fresh Take on Tradition
Dec 19, Saturday
9:30am - 1:00pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
January 2016
Jan 16, Saturday
9:30am - 1:00pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
February 2016
Feb 20, Saturday
9:30am - 1:00pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
March 2016
Mar 19, Saturday
9:30am - 1:00pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
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