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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

The 2015 SEED Award Winners Will be Announced Soon!

Details about the 2015 event can be founhere (calendar) or here (PDF).

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 info@sbbec.org.


Photos from the 2014 SEED Awards events can be seen on our Facebook page


Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Rolling Hills Estates

For decades now the Land Conservancy has been working to preserve open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The 1600 acres they manage are some of the last open spaces in all of the South Bay and some of the most beautiful and ecologically rich lands in Southern California. Volunteer based, the group has raised funds to purchase land to preserve it as wilderness and has also worked extensively to restore and rehabilitate these lands, removing invasive species and replanting native flora. The Conservancy has used the natural beauty of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to engage the community, from elementary school students to politicians, in the permanent preservation and protection of our regional ecology. 



City2Sea, Redondo Beach

City2Sea is a non-profit created and driven by the passion of John Sakacs. City2Sea is working to make the health of the oceans a priority for local inner-city students and the community as a whole.  John has taken students out on the ocean on his boat to learn marine biology, and helped students implement bi-lingual outreach campaigns the raise awareness of marine ecology. For over a decade, City2Sea has brought the oceans to the youth of our cities and helped them see the connection between the health of our water bodies and our own health.   



LA Green Grounds, Los Angeles

LA Green Grounds is a grass-roots, all volunteer organization that is helping residents turn their thirsty lawns into edible gardens. This helps save water and helps bring fresh produce to communities that sometimes have little access to it. The volunteers help do all the planting and then follow up in person with the residents to evaluate the project, make sure the gardens are flourishing and that the residents have the training to keep them flourishing. This is a very classic but timely idea that is vital in light of our current drought conditions and the preponderance of urban food deserts.   



Craig Cadwallader, Surfrider Foundation, Manhattan Beach

As chair of the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Craig has amplified the Foundation’s already exemplary efforts to keep the oceans clean and safe. Craig has led the effort, working closely with local agencies, to enact bans of plastic bags, smoking in public, and Styrofoam (polystyrene) food containers. He has also helped fill a void in water quality testing by working with local high school students to assist in water quality sampling and monitoring. Craig’s efforts both in the field and in City Hall are leading to tangible improvements in the environment and long term policies that will benefit generations to come.



Miyako Hybrid Hotel

The Miyako Hybrid Hotel has turned a former Brownfield site in Torrance into a local gem of a hotel. The hotel is very stylish, offering fine dining and spa services but is also a LEED certified sustainable building. This includes photovoltaic solar power, water reduction practices and even recycling its leftover soap.  The hotel actively shares its story and strategies with other hotels and businesses and is active in the community spreading the word about environmental sustainability. 



Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates

The Palos Verdes Library District took the book club concept and elevated it to an all new level that achieved tremendous success for environmental awareness. Featuring Garbology by Pulitzer-prize winning author Edward Humes,the Library opened a vast community dialogue on resource conservation which encompassed public events, public art installations and most remarkable of all, reading!  By sneaking environmentalism into a community program like this, a new and diverse audience was reached and affected. 


Photos from the 2014 SEED Awards events can be seen on our Facebook page

Thanks to the following 2014 event sponsors:
  • Athens Services
  • HF&H
  • Republic Services

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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