Yes, the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment is making strides to improve the air quality, beach ecology, business practices, energy use, transportation, education, and waste management of Santa Monica. The agency sponsors awards (like the Green Prize Awards), holds events (like Treehugging Day, the Altcar Expo, movies on the pier featuring new documentaries, and the how to green your garden series), and has a task force for the environment which advises the Santa Monica City Council on environmental program and policy issues.
The Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan is founded on 10 Guiding Principles that provide the basis from which effective and sustainable decisions can be made.
1. The Concept of Sustainability Guides City Policy
2. Protection, Preservation, and Restoration of the Natural Environment is a High Priority of the City
3. Environmental Quality, Economic Health and Social Equity are Mutually Dependent
4. All Decisions Have Implications to the Long-term Sustainability of Santa Monica
5. Community Awareness, Responsibility, Participation and Education are Key Elements of a Sustainable Community
6. Santa Monica Recognizes Its Linkage with the Regional, National, and Global Community
7. Those Sustainability Issues Most Important to the Community Will be Addressed First, and the Most Cost-Effective Programs and Policies Will be Selected
8. The City is Committed to Procurement Decisions which Minimize Negative Environmental and Social Impacts
9. Cross-sector Partnerships Are Necessary to Achieve Sustainable Goals
10. The Precautionary Principle Provides a Complimentary Framework to Help Guide City Decision-Makers in the Pursuit of Sustainability
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