Santa Monica celebrated its green side at the 18th annual Sustainable Quality Awards held Wednesday Mar 13 at the Sheraton Delfina.
Former State Senator Sheila Kuehl introduced actor Ed Begley Jr, who was honored with the Individual Stewardship Award for his work promoting conservation. Begley has long been known as an advocate of electric cars, which he first drove 20 years ago. His home in the valley is equipped with solar panels and a whole range of recycled products and an organic vegetables, much of which was documented in the reality show Living with Ed.
In accepting the award Begley praised the City of Santa Monica for leading the way with its curbside recycling program and its design of the 3rd Street Promenade, which gets people out of their cars and walking.
“Today we have four-times the number of cars, but a fraction of the smog and that’s because of the good work of people like Sheila Kuehl and all of you,” Begley said.
The Sustainability Quality Awards, put on by the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and SustainableWorks, also honored several businesses either for environmental stewardship or social responsibility. They included the Santa Monica Visitors and Convention Bureau, Tiato & An Catering, Yogitoes, Santa Monica Place, Hostelling International, Heal the Bay, Central Parking, HGA Architects and Engineering and PayrollCentric.
Carl Hansen, Sheila Kuehl, Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Begley.
Alex Ward, Wendy White, Emma Hawley, Sarah Boehmke with yogitoes.
Joey Sapone, Catherine An, Misti Kerns
Nicole Dimauro, Jaime Nack with Three Squares Inc
Dierdre Wallace, Anne Carmack with The Ambrose Hotel
James Matson, Sean Collin with, HGA architects
Zurich Solomon, Sheila Kuehl, Hu John
Garrett Wong, Irv Dwork, Linda Rosenberg, Erin Hamant
Glenna Peterson, Ernesto Rennella, Stacie Endler, Brittany Butterworth with Central Parking