Applications for the 2016 Awards are now being accepted!  Click here to download.  The deadline has been extended to July 15, 2016.  Winners will be announced at the event on September 22, 2016.

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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:

  • Environmental Leadership
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Education and Outreach
  • Resource Preservation
  • Innovation
  • Steve Uselton Memorial Bridge-Builder Award

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 about the Cities Subcommittee, email

Applications for the 2016 Awards are now being accepted!  Click here to download.  The deadline has been extended to July 15, 2016.  Winners will be announced at the event on September 22, 2016.


Photos from the 2015 SEED Awards can be seen here.


Raytheon, El Segundo

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems incorporates sustainability into its daily operations and its long term business strategies. At its El Segundo facility it has for many years been actively reducing its footprint through facility retrofits and employee education. This includes extensive water use reductions, the installation of over 30,000 LED lamps, and installing charging stations for employee’s electric vehicles. From these and other efforts, the company has achieved a 75% recycling rate in their offices and annual utility savings in the six figures. 


Grades of Green

Grades of Green is a non-profit focusing on environmental education. They offer their service free to schools and offer three programs: a website, an environmental leadership program, and a Trash Free Lunch Challenge program, which pits schools against each other to see which can reduce their waste the most. Overall, Grades of Green has worked with 82 schools and thousands of students mostly in the South Bay, and is working constantly to expand their efforts.   


Culver City Unified School District

CCUSD’s Green 5 program is an innovative awareness program that has resulted in a comprehensive waste reduction program throughout the entire school district. Encompassing eight schools,   the Green 5 program emphasizes the 5 Rs of: Reducing, Reusing, Recycling, Riding (active transportation) and Rethinking. The schools not only recycle and compost but the district has fostered a culture of sustainability that includes an Environmental Sustainability Committee made up of parent volunteers. This group was instrumental in the installation of a 750 kWh solar array on the district’s main campus. 


Palos Verdes Library District

Previously recognized for their innovative outreach and education efforts, the Palos Verdes Library District is this year nominated on the merits of energy savings efforts. These have included a variety of efforts, especially LED lighting retrofits, that have reduced energy use over 25% at some of their facilities. The Library District has set a fine example for all the Peninsula communities and these lighting upgrades have resulted in over $408K in cost saving to the Library District since 2008 – enabling the library to sustain and enhance its services.


Carson High School

Carson High’s Garbology AB 341 program is student run and provides recycling for all materials including food waste. The students in the program take their precious lunch and after school hours to transport materials and characterize waste. The students also operate an on-campus garden and composting area and have made a video about the program that can be found at:


South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC)

A program of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, the South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) has been improving the South Bay’s environment for many years. This includes all aspects of the environment, from saving water to reducing energy to promoting commuting and alternate fuel vehicles. These efforts target businesses, residents and municipalities. They have helped cities save tons of money by working to improve energy efficiency and are currently assisting all of its member cities to develop climate action plans.

Photos from the 2015 SEED Awards can be seen here.


2014 SEED Awards
Click here for winners and photos from the 2014 event.

2013 SEED Awards
Click here for winners and photos from the 2013 event.

2012 SEED Awards
Click here for winners and photos from the 2012 event.

2011 SEED Awards
Click here for winners and photos from the 2011 event.

2010 SEED Awards
Click here for winners and honorees from the 2010 event.

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.

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