Sustainable Quality Award Winners
Presented in alphabetical order. Click on a letter below for a listing of winners.
Excellence in Economic Development, 2016
haleARTS S P A C E is a gallery for local emerging artists as well as a gift and book shop. haleARTS mission is to provide a professional outlet for local emerging artists to sell and show their works. Through a diverse range of outreach strategies and a strong artist/community database, haleARTS strives to make art accessible to a variety of collectors. haleARTS curates shows featuring accessible price ranges; from the $5 Art-O-Mat to more elaborate works of $2,500 and every price range in between. The gallery has a Payment Plan Policy, allowing collectors to place a deposit on a work of art, and make flexible monthly payments throughout the year. The gallery hosts a number of events, such as the $100 Art Sale, art lectures, and Pop-Ups geared toward helping emerging collectors cultivate their growing collections.
Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment, 2008
Hartnell is a design studio/ salon specializing in elegant bridal and evening gowns with an environmental edge in business operations. Regular incandescent light fixtures have been replaced with energy efficient bulbs and beverage bottles are reused for mixing dyes. Left over fabrics from high end gowns are reused in many ways; either sewn into quilts to raise monies for charity, donated to local fashion design schools or collected by local organization, reDiscover, to reuse in classrooms and programs.
Excellence in Economic Development and Stewardship of the Environment, 2013; Sustainable Quality Award, 2005
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium inspires understanding and conservation of the Santa Monica Bay and watersheds through education, stewardship and discovery. In 2011, they began pumping seawater directly from the Bay for use in their exhibits, avoiding the purchase and transport of seawater. The latest Aquarium exhibit focuses on educating people about current issues concerning Los Angeles water. SMPA offers bus passes, provides bicycle parking for staff and volunteers, and a Smart Car for work-related trips. This year SMPA also celebrates its 10-year anniversary!
SQA Grand Prize, 2012
Healthy Spot is an all-in-one pet retailer providing preventative and proactive canine care, eco-friendly products, and a variety of services ranging from doggie-day care to pet grooming. Products used are organic, natural, raw or eco-friendly and made with responsible manufacturing practices. The backbone of Healthy Spot’s mission statement is “To be leaders in our field, we must stay ahead of the curve in terms of knowledge and services”.
The more diverse the company is, the more economically sustainable it will be because it will be better able to weather slow economic periods than a less diverse company. Healthy Spot opened their doors in 2008 with four employees –and four years later, with sustainability as a priority in their business model, they have forty employees on payroll. Healthy Spot offers a range of products and services which are not often found in pet supply establishments. They demonstrate their environmental commitment by ONLY selling biodegradable doggie bags (bio-bags) and bio-training pads. Notable green building features include solar tubes in restrooms that provide natural sunlight, and a tank-less water heater. Last year Healthy Spot invested $1,400 in water conservation retrofits. Thinking outside of the box, the company uses discarded dog hair from the grooming salon which is spun into yarn and then turned into clothing! Social responsibility is one of the pillars in operating a sustainable business – and Healthy Spot also embodies this practice by donating to local charities and collecting unwanted pet items like leashes, crates, and toys for Operation Blankets of Love which distributes these items to pet shelters and rescues.
Honorable Mention, 1999
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Excellence in Social Responsibility and Stewardship of the Natural Environment, 2013
HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) is a major integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm. They signed the Architecture 2030 Carbon Neutral Design Commitment, and are committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. In addition to educating staff and clients on green building, they are working on a zero-plus approach in building design which includes going beyond net zero and producing more energy than consumed. The company hosts Employee Appreciation Month where employees can share ideas, set goals and address training needs.
Sustainable Quality Award, 2004
A local property manager, owner, and developer, Hines Lantana's sustainable business actions include an overall lighting retrofit that saves approximately $60,000 a year, the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, and providing fair trade coffee for employees and guests. It also offers extensive benefits to its employees, ranging from Wellness programs to "pie day".
Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment, 2014
Excellence in Stewardship of the Natural Environment, 2013
Hostelling International LA/Santa Monica is an eco-friendly hostel with 260 beds, two blocks from the beach. Natural light shines through ample windows and skylights. Their vending machines are fitted with motion sensors –cutting energy use up to 40%. The communal kitchen is stocked with only reusable dishes and utensils for guests to wash and sanitize after use. HI LA/ Santa Monica staff cleans using vinegar and peroxide based cleaners. They completed the Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP) and are Santa Monica Green Business Certified since 2011.
Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment, 2014
Huckleberry is a family run, farmer’s market inspired cafe and bakery. Everything they serve is made by hand each morning. They are committed to non-GMO products; their ingredients comprise of local produce, organic dairy and sustainably farmed meats and poultry. Huckleberry, part of the Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurants, participated in Sustainable Works Business Greening Program in 2010, where staff received educational sessions on sustainable restaurant practices. Their Energy Star® dishwashing machines use approximately 1.09 gallons of water per complete wash and rinse cycle.
Excellence in Social Responsibility, 2015
Hulu is an American online company and ad-supported video service. Hulu strives to provide a fun and creative environment. Their employee surveys resulted in ordering ergonomic office chairs. Hulu’s wide array of benefits such as complimentary financial advisors, onsite yoga, and Employee Assistance programs for personal and business travel, provides added value to working there. They extend to the community with paid internship programs, and Gift Matching up to $500 toward any USA charity chosen by employees.