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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.


The 2017 event's Keynote speaker was Letise LaFeir from Resources Legacy Fund, where she develops, implements, and oversees projects for oceans, coasts, and fisheries programs.  

Photos from the 2017 SEED Awards have been posted to our Facebook page.  Click here to go directly to the album.

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

RESOURCE PRESERVATION

3 Phases Renewables

3 Phases is a renewable energy company that supplies renewable energy to customers large and small. They currently provide energy that is 95% renewable to their clients and have delivered 2.5 million mWh of clean electricity. This equates to nearly 2 million tons of C02 avoided. In addition, they recently built a LEED Silver certified office in El Segundo that provides employees with green transportation options, is almost totally solar powered, captures rainwater, and is 100% paperless. 

INNOVATION

AquaBio Environmental Technologies

Specializing in green chemistry and technology, Aqua Bio is a research and development firm working to use the environment to clean itself. Located in Hawthorne, they utilize plants and specialized microbes to help filter pollutants in a variety of contexts. At Magic Johnson Lake in Los Angeles, AquaBio helped solve the problem of poor water quality by installing floating wetlands that help clean the water. Inspired by artificial islands used by the ancient Aztecs, these floating wetlands helped make the lake healthy and robust again within a matter of months. 

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Torrance Refinery Action Alliance

A grassroots group that has sprouted in only the last two years, the TRAA has done a tremendous job of getting the word out about safety in the community surrounding the Torrance Refinery. This has involved public gatherings, engaging local politicians, and working with regional environmental agencies. No matter where the science, politics, or money end up falling on the issue of Modified Hydrofluoric Acid, the group has raised awareness and demonstrated that grass roots activism is still possible and indeed very important. 

POLLUTION PREVENTION

Ballona Creek Renaissance

Culver City-based BCR is a non-profit working to renew the Ballona Creek Wetlands and engage community support for this effort. This includes fundraising and unique outreach events to engage stakeholders throughout the region from big business to local residents. They have done this through innovative public art projects and good old-fashioned environmental clean-up. In this past year, BCR helped Culver City pass a ban on Styrofoam food containers, further helping the future of the wetlands.

ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

Environmental Charter Schools

Now encompassing a high school and two middle schools, the Environmental Charter Schools are doing a tremendous service to both the local community and the planet as a whole. Sustainability is at the core of their curriculum and activities, including the Green Ambassador program which promotes hands on projects on campus and in the community. All the while, they serve the local community by providing innovative and rigorous education opportunities to lower-income neighborhoods that suffer from crime and poverty levels far greater than national averages. 

STEVE USELTON MEMORIAL BRIDGE-BUILDER AWARD

Los Angeles World Airports

LAWA has been doing so much on so many levels for such a long time. Credits include the extensive use of reclaimed water, a facility-wide recycling program, and its award-winning ride share program, and its work at improving the ecology of the airport area, especially the El Segundo blue butterfly and its habitat. This year’s nomination focused on their extensive food donation program. Perhaps more important than recycling their old food, LAX has been actively donating food to a variety of charitable groups around the area. Last year these donations totaled over 18 tons and helped feed some of the many people in LA that go hungry every day. 

Photos from the 2017 SEED Awards have been posted to our Facebook page.  Click here to go directly to the album.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Los Angeles Regional Agency (LARA), South Bay Gardens, and Republic Services!

 

2016 SEED Awards
 
Click here for winners and photos from the 2016 event.
  

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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