The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce advocates and represents business' interests and issues affecting the community. They provide an environment to help Chamber members prosper and succeed through a proactive working partnership with all levels of government and community organizations to achieve a healthy local economy and quality of life. As an active partner of Santa Monica’s Green Business Certification Program, the Santa Monica Chamber hosts a monthly Environmental Affairs Committee meeting that coordinates an annual Sustainable Quality Awards event.
The Santa Monica Chamber walks the green talk in their own office by stocking the staff kitchen with reusable kitchenware like silverware, mugs and plates. Their printing paper from Office Depot is certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council and Green Seal, and contains post-consumer waste. Other paper products such as napkins, business cards and letterhead also contain minimum 30% post-consumer recycled waste. Demonstrating indoor and outdoor water saving practices - artificial turf along the front sidewalk eliminates landscape maintenance and high efficient aerators are installed on faucet aerators. For waste reduction, no bottled water is purchased for staff or guests. Instead water dispensers are filled with local Santa Monica water.
In line with their commitment to support local economy, they procure services and items exclusively from Santa Monica businesses like restaurants, printers. Any flower or plant arrangements for events are purchased at local florists or the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Markets that takes place a few blocks away.