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Santa Monica Finalist for National Sustainability Award  


By Lookout Staff

April 5, 2012 -- Santa Monica will go up against Jersey City, New Jersey and Riverside, California in a bid to become the nation's most sustainable mid-sized city.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and Siemens Corporation picked Santa Monica as a finalist in the category of cities with 50,000 to 500,000 residents based on its "integrated planning efforts."

"Sustainability strategies developed through the Sustainable City Plan (SCP) are woven into all of the city’s planning documents, particularly the 2010 Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), which integrates land use and transportation planning activities," the awards organizers noted.

"Santa Monica has been on the forefront of adopting a Green Building Ordinance and has recently adopted a cutting-edge Bicycle Action Plan," organizers said.

Also noted were Santa Monica's “Buy Local” and “Business Greening” programs, as well as the Santa Monica Alliance, which promotes sustainability in terms of maintaining healthy businesses.

The award, which is now in its fifth year, recognizes communities dedicated to improving their overall sustainability through environmental, economic and social solutions.

“Santa Monica is a leader in sustainable strategic planning and has taken a well-rounded approach to ensure that the community’s sustainability goals are met,” said Mayor Richard Bloom.  “It’s an honor to have our efforts recognized by being named a finalist for the 2012 Sustainable Community Award.”

This year, 135 communities applied for the award and were scored by a panel of the country’s top sustainability experts that included Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of;
Michael Schmitz, executive director of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives USA (ICLEI USA), and Tom Wright, executive director of the Regional Plan Association (RPA).

The winner in each category will be announced on April 17, 2012 at the BCLC’s 2012 National Conference -- Forecast: Corporate Citizenship and America’s Future, in Atlanta, GA.

Full information about the Siemens Sustainable Community Awards is available at


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