THE CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABILITY ALLIANCE HONORS SUSTAINABILITY SHOWCASE RECIPIENTS, NAMES CITY OF SANTA MONICA GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Los Angeles, CA – February 23, 2010 —The California Sustainability Alliance, a market transformation program managed by Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI), today announced the City of Santa Monica as grand prize winner of its 2009 Sustainability Showcase Awards held at the Renaissance Montura hotel in Los Angeles.
Selected by an esteemed panel of industry leaders, The City of Santa Monica (The City) was recognized as the organization best exemplifying a holistic adoption of sustainability. Some of The City’s sustainable efforts include:
- Purchasing 100% post-consumer recycled content copy paper for municipal operations saving an estimated 1.2 million gallons of water, 158,000 pounds of CO2 and 1,700 trees annually
- Transitioning eighty-two percent of the municipal fleet to alternative fuel and creating a 100% alternatively fueled public transit system (including liquid and compressed natural gas, biodiesel, hydrogen, and hybrid and electric vehicles); additionally, the transportation collaboration between the Big Blue Bus and Santa Monica College eliminated 1.6 million car trips within its first year of implementation
- Launching the Solar Santa Monica Program, doubling the solar capacity of the city with 139 grid connected solar projects to date, which represent 926 kilowatts of solar capacity
- Diverting more than 1 million pounds of food waste and over 137,000 pounds of hazardous waste materials from landfills in 2008 alone
- Recognizing and encouraging sustainable business through Green Building Certification and The City’s own Sustainable Quality Awards
As the grand prize winner of the 2009 Sustainability Showcase, the City of Santa Monica will be featured in a video documentary showcasing its sustainable practices, and will have a grove of trees planted by Tree People, an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Southern California, creating a living monument to The City’s contribution to California’s sustainable future.
Now in its second year, the Sustainability Showcase Awards recognize the successful sustainability policies, programs, practices, and technologies implemented by leading organizations. Winners in seven categories, including the grand prize winner, were honored at the luncheon: Jones Lang LaSalle (Commercial Buildings); Los Angeles Housing Partnership (Multifamily Housing); Town of Los Gatos (Local Government, Small); City of Santa Monica (Local Government, Medium); County of San Diego (Local Government, Large); Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agencies); and Los Angeles Community College District (Other Products and Services).
California policymakers and industry leaders in sustainability were on hand to present the recipients with their awards on behalf of The Alliance. Presenters included Craig Sheehy, President of Envision Realty LLC and Vice Chair of the Governor’s Real Estate Industry Leadership Council; Bridgett Luther, Director of the Department of Conservation and developer of the state’s Emerald California pilot program; Cynthia Truelove, Senior Policy Analyst for the California Public Utilities Commission and Co-Chair of the Climate Action Team's Water-Energy Subgroup; Lynn Jacobs, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development; and Stephen Bushnell, Senior Director at Fireman's Fund Insurance Company.
Learn more about the California Sustainability Alliance’s Sustainability Showcase and the award recipients.