2009 SHOWCASE AWARDS

City of Santa Monica

Santa Monica beach
Santa Monica city overlooking the beach

The iconic southern California beach town of Santa Monica has long been recognized as a leader in the local sustainability movement. At the center of Santa Monica’s commitment to environmental stewardship is the city government, which sets ambitious goals for itself and the community it serves.

The Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan, originally adopted in 1994 by the City Council, provides the foundation for the city’s long-term strategy. The city’s leadership believes in addressing the root causes of problems and incorporates its core sustainability principles into all facets of its operations. Each department establishes and manages internal goals and the city sets community-wide goals as well.

For example, the Solar Santa Monica Program has stream-lined the barriers to resident