The Sustainable Quality Awards celebrate outstanding leadership in sustainable economic development and social responsibility

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The Awards celebrate their 26th anniversary in 2022

The Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) celebrate their 26th anniversary in 2022. The awards will be hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the City of Santa Monica and Sustainable Works. They will recognize local businesses that “demonstrate excellence in helping Santa Monica continue to move toward a more sustainable future.”

The SQA Awards Ceremony will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.smsqa.com. Prepaid tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

The awards website states, “Since 1995, SQAs have honored 166 Santa Monica-area businesses with more than 215 awards for outstanding leadership in successfully integrating sustainable practices into their operations. The SQA Grands Prix are awarded to companies that excel in the areas of sustainable economic development, social responsibility and environmental management. Excellence Awards are given for outstanding achievement in one or two of the three categories.

Jim Christel, co-owner of Back on the Beach Cafe, said, “Applying for and winning a 2019 SQA Community Grand Prize has allowed us to review and make stronger commitments to our social, economic and environmental practices at our beach cafe. We feel better about ourselves and receive gratitude from many customers.

Christel added, “It is especially satisfying to see our young summer hires championing marine-degradable, plastic-free take-out packaging and keeping recyclables and food scraps from ending up in the trash.

Matt Stauffer, acting CEO of the Santa Monica Chamber, said. “We are once again proud to recognize these local businesses that go above and beyond in their sustainable practices. By honoring their efforts, we hope to inspire all businesses to integrate sustainability into their daily operations. »

The 2022 Sustainable Quality Awards recognize three Grand Prize winners and six Excellence Award winners. All of this year’s winners have participated in the City of Santa Monica’s Green Business program, administered by Sustainable Works, and five have earned the Santa Monica Green Business Certification (http://smgbc.org/directory/)

SQA Grand Prix Rewards:

Kite, a Gilead Company: Focuses on healing. Kite is singularly focused on cell therapy – the use of genetically engineered immune cells programmed to target tumors – which they believe has the potential to change the way cancer is treated.

SweisKloss: is a full-service boutique company specializing in building design, interior design and construction. Residential projects include new homes, additions and complete renovations.

Untitled No. 1 School: is a full-time community preschool for families evenly distributed across all income levels. Children are taught in a nature-based setting with a high ratio of teachers, all of whom deal with various aspects of development. They grant scholarships to maintain the socio-economic balance.

SQA Awards of Excellence:

Heal the Bay Aquarium: Excellence in Environmental Stewardship

Shore Hotel: Excellence in Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship

Three Squares Inc.: Excellence in Social Responsibility and Environmental Stewardship

In addition to being recognized at the SQA ceremony, these distinguished companies are regularly featured in Green Business Tours, City of Santa Monica presentations, the Sustainable Santa Monica newsletter, and on social media The Sustainable Quality Awards.

Individual Stewardship Award:

An Individual Stewardship Award will be presented to Laurel Rosen, who recently stepped down as President and CEO after 14 years. Prior to taking over as House leader, she served on the House Board of Directors for nine years. Rosen is recognized for her dedication and commitment to advancing sustainable practices in the Santa Monica business community during her chamber leadership.

The in-person SQA Power Mixer event will take place on Wednesday, May 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Back on the Beach Cafe during the Santa Monica Chamber’s Biz @ Sunset mix. The in-person event will spotlight the 2022 winners and recognize past SQA recipients. Attendees can enjoy networking, small bites, and learning from other sustainability-minded companies and government officials. Sign up for SQA Power Mixer at www.smsqa.com

The in-person SQA Power Mixer event will take place on Wednesday, May 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Back on the Beach Cafe during the Santa Monica Chamber’s Biz @ Sunset mix. The in-person event will spotlight the 2022 winners and recognize past SQA recipients. Attendees can enjoy networking, small bites, and learning from other sustainability-minded companies and government officials.

Sign up for the SQA Power Mixer at www.smsqa.com About the Sustainable Quality Awards: The SQAs were created to recognize Santa Monica-area businesses that successfully integrate sustainable practices into their operations; companies that make significant achievements in the areas of sustainable economic development, social responsibility and management of the natural environment. This event is sponsored by Santa Monica Travel & Tourism and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. For more information visit www.smsqa.com

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