News / Spotlights

Tuesday
Sep112018

12 reasons why Santa Monica is a top choice for a sustainable holiday

Irish Examiner:  There’s no denying travel and tourism have an impact on the environment. But as a consumer, it is possible to minimise damage by putting some thought into the places you choose to visit. 

At the forefront of urban environmental thinking, American city Santa Monica is a favourable option for eco-conscious tourists, thanks to its longstanding environmental commitments. By 2030, the city aims to achieve zero waste through diversion, composting and recycling.

Still need convincing? Here are 12 more green reasons to go… Read more > 

Thursday
Sep062018

This Weekend: Walk with the Mayor Protem to the Buy Local Health & Fitness Festival!

Santa Monica SPOKE:  Come visit us at Santa Monica Spoke, Santa Monica Safe Routes to School, GoSaMo Team, and the Santa Monica Safe Street Alliance AND SO MUCH MORE. We will host another fun bike & small wheels obstacle safety course and bike safety checks by Performance Bicycle for the kids. Free and low cost helmets and lots of materials and information to share! A day of healthy outdoor activities for all ages!  Read more >

Friday
Aug312018

Third Street 3.0 in Santa Monica

LA Business Journal: Plan to re-imagine retail center underway - The time has come for Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade to redo its retail.

So say city officials, some property owners and Downtown Santa Monica Inc., a nonprofit that works with the city to manage services and operations in the area.

The idea is still in its infancy, but the general notion of a retail re-imagination – or Promenade 3.0 – is gaining steam among key stakeholders. The city has set aside $200,000 for a study to be conducted this fall that will assess the needs, costs and best practices for the planned update. Officials said an announcement on the lead research firm was imminent, though they declined to give a specific date.  Read more > 

Wednesday
Aug152018

City Council Bans Single-Use Plastics for Prepared Foods

Santa Monica Patch: The Santa Monica City Council approved a revision to the 2007 Nonrecyclable Plastic Food Service Container Ordinance Tuesday night to expand plastics banned to include all single-use plastics for prepared foods. This includes straws, lids, utensils, plates, bowls, trays, containers, stirrers, cups, and lid plugs, according to the City. The ordinance requirements will go into effect January 1, 2019.

"This vote aligns with the City's sustainability goals and longstanding commitment to the environment, which includes a goal to achieve zero waste through diversion, composting, and recycling by 2030," the press release said.  Read more > 

Wednesday
Aug012018

How to Spend a Lovely Day in Santa Monica Without a Car

WeLikeLA: Sometimes it’s nice not having car. Sometimes what you really want is to be in a place where you don’t need a car. Santa Monica can be such a place, especially if you’re a visitor just trying to make a day of it.

This beachside city offers a world of opportunities, attractions, and landmarks all concentrated in a central downtown area, and/or easily accessible via public transit. Shopping, art, food, and entertainment are available virtually everywhere you look. But where to start?  Read more >