Santa Monica Travel & Tourism works to strengthen the local economy by enhancing and promoting our community as a distinctive, compelling and welcoming travel destination. Santa Monica Travel & Tourism has been a Green Business Certification Program founding partner since 2007, promoting Santa Monica as an exciting and sustainable destination and providing services to tourists, residents, and local businesses.
Their green administrative office features ample sunlight, repurposed equipment, décor and Trex flooring made from recycled wood and plastic. Fitted cabinets from their previous location were repurposed in their new office as mobile storage cabinets after cleverly installing wheels. Previously used desks and patio furniture were also reused. From a collection of Santa Monica annual publications, they framed and hung each year’s magazine cover throughout their space to add historical decor. Staff kitchen is stocked with reusable utensils and plates – including glasses for refilling from an onsite dispenser connected to the main water supply. To conserve water, faucet aerators installed on hand sinks emit 0.5 GPM (gallons per minute), kitchen faucet flows at 1 GPM, and a high-efficiency toilet flushes 1.28 gallons.
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism instigates a Green Office Policy in their company handbook prompting only the purchase of post-consumer recycling content (PCRC) paper products. EPA Safer Choice or Green Seal certified cleaners like Seventh Generation and ECOS, replace toxic and corrosive disinfectants containing chlorine. To support Santa Monica’s Transportation Demand Management ordinance, staff performs local errands by foot, office is located within .1 mile of public transportation access, and their hybrid electric vehicle fleet is used for local tours and carpooling to offsite meetings.
"It is not overwhelming to become a green certified business with the help and guidance of Sustainable Works. The step-by-step checklist is very easy to use and getting certified is a positive thing for your business and staff."
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism