The SBBEC's local government members strive to encourage and inspire environmental sustainability strategies. This group of members, the Cities Subcommittee, developed the SoCal Environmental Excellence Development (SEED) Awards Program to honor local individuals, groups, and businesses that have exhibited excellence in helping to improve environmental sustainability and quality of life in the South Bay.
Awards are presented to those who have made extraordinary efforts in any of the following areas:
Education and Outreach
Steve Uselton Memorial Bridge-Builder Award
Sustainable Small Business (new in 2019)
This unique event is the only such ceremony held in the South Bay, partnering businesses with local government and showcasing environmental leaders in their communities. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 SEED Award application is now open. Submissions are due by July 31, 2019.
2018 SEED Awards
Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!
At their El Segundo facility, the vision of the Zero Waste Program is to eliminate the concept of waste by forging innovative supplier partnerships to reduce waste, reuse anything that is economically feasible onsite, and engage with communities to increase best practices and local opportunities for waste diversion. Raytheon works closely with local vendors to find reuse and recycling solutions. Raytheon’s collaboration with its suppliers, waste hauler and employees can be broadly replicated at any business. For more information, visit www.raytheon.com
United has a company-wide commitment to the environment which includes the use of sustainable aviation bio-fuel to decrease carbon emissions. The company made commercial aviation history when it brought bio-fuel to its Los Angeles hub. It is committed to using 15 million gallons of this fuel over the next few years which will achieve a 70% reduction in GHG emissions. United views investments in biofuels as a long term sustainable business opportunity. For more information, visit www.united.com/ecoskies
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
SOUTH BAY CARES ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE
Lack of clean and reliable water resources has always been known as an international issue, but it is also a growing domestic issue. The average American uses 100 gallons of water a day which is more than any other country on Earth. To create awareness, South Bay Cares promoted the Gallon Challenge throughout the area. During one week this past June, participants in the South Bay area experienced what it is like to live on 1 gallon of water for one day to meet all of their needs. This challenge produced an educational and informational flyer with simple actions to reduce water consumption and enlightened its participants in the process. For more information, visit www.southbaycares.com
“Lead by Example” is Children Orchard’s initiative - teaching children and parents how to reuse, repurpose and recycle items in their everyday life to help the environment. Children’s “SWAPS” are increasing in popularity and are an excellent way to create awareness of the importance of reuse. Children’s Orchard makes it their mission to encourage such exchanges and offers only the highest quality items to ensure optimum reuse. For more info, visit www.childrensorchard.com
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL
Our Lady of Guadalupe School has squeezed in about as much sustainability as possible into their little campus. This includes solar panels on the roof, composting and gardening on-site, outreach both on campus and in the surrounding community, and participating in the Trash-Free Lunch program. They do beach clean ups and clothing drives and even their robotics program developed a device to help detect toilet leakage.
CATALINA VIEW GARDENS
Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Catalina View Gardens is a 94 acre agricultural oasis amidst the sprawl of Los Angeles County. The site consists of an operational vineyard, avocado orchard, lemon orchard and organic vegetable garden. They also supply produce to their neighbor, and fellow SEED Award nominee, Terranea Resort whose Resorts Executive Chef refers to the partnership as “Farm to Terranea” – a play on the term “farm to table”. This farm to table model can be replicated by anyone at their home as well, spreading sustainability throughout the community. For more information, visit www.catalinaviewgardens.com
THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:
LARA, WASTE MANAGEMENT, REPUBLIC SERVICES, ATHENS SERVICES & SOUTH BAY GARDENS
Our Lady Of Guadalupe School
Speaker Walker Wells and MC Doug Krauss
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2016 SEED Awards
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2015 SEED Awards
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2014 SEED Awards
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2013 SEED Awards
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2012 SEED Awards
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2011 SEED Awards
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2010 SEED Awards
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2009 SEED Awards
Click here for winners and honorees from the 2009 event. This was the first year the SBBEC developed its own award program!
From 2001-2008, the SBBEC used the state's WRAP award program as the basis for local recognition of businesses committed to environmental leadership in our community.