Santa Monica's Sustainable Quality Awards are the oldest and most recognized sustainable business awards in Southern California. The awards are intended to educate and inspire local businesses to adopt sustainable practices and support Santa Monica as a sustainable community - more than 125 businesses honored since the program launched in 1995.

"The SQA is the oldest and most rigorous sustainable business award in Southern California" says Shannon Parry, Deputy Sustainability Officer for the Office of Sustainability and the Environment for the City of Santa Monica. "We congratulate the past and current winners on their exemplary leadership. The SQA program, honoring over 115 businesses since 1995, allows us to applaud and highlight how each and every one of these companies makes a difference. By recognizing their achievements, we hope to inspire other businesses to adopt their own sustainable practices, thus helping Santa Monica become a model sustainable community," says Parry.

2015 SQA Luncheon

2015 Awards Luncheon Keynote by renowned

"organic" architect Eric Corey Freed

Freed is Vice President of the International Living Future Institute, a global
hub for visionary programs, including the Living Building Challenge and Living Product Challenge. Freed brings over 20 years of experience using sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands
of buildings around the country.

2015 Individual Stewardship Award

The Individual Stewardship Award for 2015 was awarded to Dean Kubani, manager of the City of Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability and Environment. Kubani is being recognized for his vision, creativity, and ongoing role in advancing sustainable practices in the Santa Monica.

GreenThe Sustainable Quality Awards Program was created and implemented to recognize businesses and organizations which implement sustainable practices in the natural and built environments, social responsibility and economic development.

In collaboration with the City of Santa Monica and Sustainable Works, this program is at the heart of fulfilling our responsibility to the future while appropriately recognizing those who are actually doing something to assure it.



2015 SQA Sponsors


Describe Efforts that Demonstrate Your Organization’s Commitment to the Long-term Economic Sustainability of its Operations and to Sustaining the Local and Regional Economy

Businesses that provide products and services are aware that customer needs change over time.  A sustainable organization is able to accommodate these changing needs, maintain economic viability and encourage sustainable economic development by balancing profits with a consideration for long-term development.  Your response should include your company’s quality policy, your process for evaluating product and service performance, and your efforts for improvement.  Your response should also encompass your company’s contribution to the development of the local economy (creation of jobs and business opportunities), and/or company efforts to increase efficiency and reduce costs in operations.


Describe Efforts that Demonstrate Your Organization’s Commitment to Sustain Human Resources

Sustainable businesses recognize that the long-term viability of a business is dependent on the quality of jobs and the personal and professional development of the people who make up the community.  Good business citizenship also necessitates the continuing involvement with and support of activities that contribute to the quality of life in the community.  Your response should include your efforts to facilitate communications within your organization to improve employee relations and increase opportunities for employees to participate in the development of the organization.  Family-friendly and work-life-balance policies and programs should also be presented along with employment practices that encourage skill development and career advancement.  Programs that encourage employee volunteerism in the community and that support charitable organizations should also be described.


Describe the Efforts that Demonstrate Your Company’s Commitment to Sustaining the Natural Environment

A healthy environment is essential to ensure the long-term economic viability of a business and community.  Pollution and overuse of resources can impact everything from the availability of raw materials for manufacturing, to the number of tourists that visit your community and support the local economy.  Your response should not only include efforts you have taken to comply with environmental regulations, but also voluntary measures to address waste reduction, pollution prevention and resource conservation.  Examples of these measures may include company wide purchasing policies specifying recycled content products, or products with minimal packaging; operations changes that eliminate the use of toxic chemicals or reduce waste generation, or the implementation of an energy-efficiency, water conservation or recycling program.