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The 9th Annual SEED Awards was held on September 22, 2016 at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.  See below for details.

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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, email seed@sbbec.org.


This year's Keynote speaker was Mark Herrema from Newlight Technologies.  Check out the way they're making plastics from air and methane-based greenhouse gas emisisons.

Photos from the 2016 SEED Awards will be posted soon.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!

RESOURCE PRESERVATION

Adams Middle School (Redondo Beach)

Working with former SEED Award-winning non-profit Grades of Green, Adams Middle School in Redondo Beach has developed a Green Team of students that work to improve the school’s waste disposal. The Team monitors lunch time disposal habits of fellow students daily to ensure maximum diversion. They also do regular outreach to the school and staff including assemblies for the entire student body. The results are that the school went from producing 30 bags of trash per lunchtime to now only 2 bags. 

INNOVATION

The Bay Foundation

Working to keep the Santa Monica Bay clean and healthy, The Bay Foundation has instituted a certification program for restaurants that can demonstrate they have gone above and beyond the norm for sustainability. Working with local cities, The Bay Foundation has been inspecting and certifying restaurants for a decade now. The Clean Bay Certified program helps nearly 500 restaurants in the South Bay area - which are some of the most difficult facilities to turn green - take simple actions to improve their sustainability efforts and get some excellent recognition in the process. 

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Redondo Union High School APES (Advanced Placement Environmental Science)

These roughly 100 juniors and seniors are studying the environment but also taking the message to the campus as a whole and its nearly 3000 students and staff. This includes creation of a rain garden on campus and distribution of reusable water bottles to fellow students willing to make a pledge to reduce plastic consumption. The group has also made presentations to the school board and helps the Surfrider Foundation with regular water quality testing. 

POLLUTION PREVENTION

Manhattan Plaza

Manhattan Plaza has successfully addressed the challenge of providing comprehensive recycling service in a commercial office setting. They have instituted training for staff and tenants behind the scenes to complement the visible program for their clients. In the meantime they have also retrofitted the facilities with energy and water saving equipment and fixtures and instituted a sustainable procurement program. Overall, Manhattan Plaza is now recycling over 900 pounds of materials a week and saving significant amounts of money through reduced trash bills and energy and water savings.

ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

From Lot to Spot

From Lot to Spot is a local non-profit which has been turning old vacant lots into parks and green areas and doing its best to enrich the local urban environment in the South Bay region.  They have worked with LA County to reinvigorate the path along the Dominguez Channel and spearheaded a big tree planting project on a number of streets in the Lennox community. Currently, From Lot To Spot is working with the Trust for Public Land to get new parks built in Lawndale and Hawthorne. These multi-million dollar projects will bring needed open space to these communities. 

STEVE USELTON MEMORIAL BRIDGE-BUILDER AWARD

Parsons Project for Kids

Named for former Redondo Beach Councilman John Parsons, the project aimed to update the children’s library areas at Redondo’s two public libraries. This effort brought together a wide variety of stakeholders, from local politicians to corporations and local residents. Utilizing this network, the project was able to secure environmentally-friendly furniture, paint and other supplies to update these libraries. 

Photos from the 2016 SEED Awards will be posted soon.

  

2015 SEED Awards
 
Click here for winners and photos from the 2015 event.
  

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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