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Santa Monica Chamber Names Sustainable Award Winners  


By Lookout Staff

April 25, 2012 -- The Fairmont Miramar Hotel -- which Tuesday night was given the go-ahead to negotiate a Development Agreement with the City to redevelop its property -- is the winner of a Grand Prize in the 2012 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), Chamber of Commerce officials announced this week.

The other Grand Prize winner in the 17th annual awards is Healthy Spot, a full-service dog care company and store that features premium products and services. FIG Restaurant, an upscale French seasonal bistro at the Fairmont Miramar, is the winner of the Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment and Social Responsibility.

The winners of Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment awards are Bridgid Coulter Design, a residential and commercial interior design firm; the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, and the Media Policy Center, a foundation dedicated to building better communities.

Healthy Spot and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel also achieved Santa Monica Green Business Certification, chamber officials said.

"By recognizing local businesses that have thrived through the adoption of more sustainable practices, the Sustainable Quality Awards hope to inspire other companies and individuals to adopt their own environmental measures to help conserve our natural resources," chamber officials said in a statement.

"Green Messaging: How to Change Consumer Behavior" will be the theme of this year's awards May 2 at the Sheraton Delfina co-hosted with Sustainable Works and the City of Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

The Environmental Media Association (EMA) is partnering with this year's awards "to highlight the power of the entertainment industry and the media to educate the public on environmental issues, as well as to motivate others to embrace a sustainable lifestyle," chamber officials said.

A representative of the Environmental Media Association (EMA), as well as former SQA winners, will give the panel address. TV host, speaker and sustainability expert Sarah Backhouse will return to emcee the event.

The Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) were created in 1995 to honor businesses in Santa Monica that have made significant achievements in the areas of sustainable economic development, social responsibility and stewardship of the natural environment.

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