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Glow was the first all-night arts event in the United States to highlight the commissioning of light-based artwork. It transformed the beach in Santa Monica into a world of interactive and engaging contemporary art installations in 2008, 2010 and 2013. The event attracted between 100,000 and 200,000 visitors each year to Santa Monica Beach during the course of one night. After the last Glow, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs reviewed the event's structure and format, which ultimately led to an evaluation of the future of festivals and arts events in the City. At this time, we are focusing on smaller-scale arts events that align with City priorities, such as activating neighborhoods and public spaces, creating a new model for mobility and environmental sustainability.  

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Last updated: 3/21/2019
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“Pursuing Green Office Certification”

To assist in the efforts of creating a sustainable city, Cultural Affairs not only recognizes the importance of incorporating the City’s sustainable design in its projects, but also values its role in creating a healthy work environment for staff that supports the City’s sustainability policies and models sustainable best practices for the office place.

Cultural Affairs is continuously working towards implementing sustainable practices that will provide staff with a greener and healthier workplace. We have implemented simple practices such as purchasing supplies that will have less impact on the environment, using less-toxic cleaning products, reducing waste, practicing water efficiency, and promoting green commuting by ride-sharing, walking and providing staff with a Bike@Work bicycle.

 Cultural Affairs' Green Office Certification is modeled after the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, a free program that provides sustainability consultation services to businesses that operate in Santa Monica.