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Update Effective July 1, 2017

The Water Neutrality Ordinance for Santa Monica went into effect capping water use for new developments to an average of the past five year historical use for that individual parcel.  The ordinance is one strategy to achieve the City's goal for water self-sufficiency by 2020. By maximizing water-efficiency, local groundwater and alternate water supplies, the city will no longer need to import water to meet all of its needs.

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Tracking our progress toward a sustainable future - Santa Monica has been a leader in setting goals for reducing resource consumption, like energy and water, and increasing the use of renewable energy and alternative fuels. The 2016 report is the first and will be issued annually. Download the report

Update Effective May 1, 2017
Santa Monica Energy Reach Code and ZNE

  • All new low-rise residential buildings shall be designed to use 15% less energy than the allowed energy budget established by the 2016 California Energy Code, and achieve an Energy Design Rating of Zero.
  • All new high-rise residential buildings, non-residential buildings, hotels and motels shall be designed to use ten percent (10%) less energy than the allowed energy budget established by the 2016 California Energy Code.   


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PACE financing program puts solar and efficiency withing reach.  Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) can help you finance thousands of energy and water efficiency products with no money down! This financing solution is helping lower utility bills, reduce carbon emissions and create new jobs ever day.  See program details.



Report Water Waste

See a broken sprinkler, water running down the gutter, or any water waste in Santa Monica? Be a water hero!
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Converting to Drip Irrigation - The Definitive Guide

Major Water Savings Are Within Reach

Pico Branch Library - Santa Monica's GREENEST Building!


Healthy Nail Salons Commended

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

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.

July 2017
Jul 28, Friday
10:30am - 12:00pm
Energy Resilience: Batteries and Microgrids
August 2017
Aug 2, Wednesday
9:00am - 10:00am
Santa Monica Green Business Tours
Aug 3, Thursday
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Seed Bomb Insanity
Aug 12, Saturday
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Seed Saving: Gardening Workshops @ Fairview Branch
Aug 19, Saturday
9:30am - 1:00pm
Master Gardeners at the Market
Aug 19, Saturday
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Adult Summer Reading Finale: Grow a Better World
September 2017
Sep 6, Wednesday
9:00am - 10:00am
Santa Monica Green Business Tours
Sep 15, Friday
10:00am - 5:00pm
AltCar Expo 2017
Sep 16, Saturday
10:00am - 5:00pm
AltCar Expo 2017
October 2017
Oct 4, Wednesday
9:00am - 10:00am
Santa Monica Green Business Tours
Oct 4, Wednesday
9:00am - 10:00am
Santa Monica Green Business Tours
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