City of Santa Monica 2009 Sustainability Showcase Grand Prize Winner

Check out the Alliance’s video series highlighting Santa Monica's Leadership in Sustainability, including the following three videos:

Net Zero Energy from Sustainca on Vimeo.

Net Zero Energy showcases Solar Santa Monica, a city agency serving as a “one-stop shop” for energy efficiency and solar energy information for local residents, businesses and municipal buildings since 2006. The agency provides free technical support to residents and businesses, which has resulted in more than 300 installations generating over 2.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity, moving Santa Monica toward its goal of becoming a net zero energy city.

The Value of Trees from Sustainca on Vimeo.

The Value of Trees spotlights the City of Santa Monica’s urban forestry management and explains how their trees are worth $138 million by their replacement value alone. When environmental benefits are also considered, the Santa Monica urban forest is worth $300 million. These benefits include valuable energy savings through shading, air filtration, reduction of stormwater runoff, carbon sequestration, and more.

A Tale of Two Carrots from Sustainca on Vimeo.

A Tale of Two Carrots features the City of Santa Monica’s Farmers Markets support of sustainable agriculture and local economic development through the voices of local residents, restaurateurs and school children. Eighty-five percent of residents and more than 80 local restaurants patronize the City’s four weekly farmers markets which keeps dollars in the local economy and allows residents an opportunity to obtain produce that uses less fuel for transportation than produce from the grocery store.


Dean Kubani and Brenden McEneaney, representatives from Santa Monica, discuss the City's early adoption of sustainable practices throughout all aspects of local government and their continued sustainability efforts, practices, policies and programs that have already successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions levels 7% below 1990 levels community-wide.







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