The Media Policy Center is being honored Wednesday, May 2, for its efforts to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability, as the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce presents its 2012 Sustainable Quality Awards.
The Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) were created in 1995 to honor businesses in Santa Monica that have made significant achievements in the areas of sustainable economic development, social responsibility and stewardship of the natural environment.
This year’s Sustainable Quality Awards will highlight the power of the entertainment industry and the media to educate the public on environmental issues, as well as to motivate others to embrace a sustainable lifestyle. Expert businesses will share their experiences in using sustainable messaging to market their business to the public, and further their mission.
All of the foundation’s documentaries and TV series promote environmental change through the adoption of sustainable best practices. Notable productions are Eden’s Lost & Found – a 4-hour PBS documentary set in four American cities. Their current project, Designing Healthy Communities, looks at how our built environment links to the rapidly deteriorating public health of the majority of US citizens such as obesity, diabetes, heart, asthma, cancer and depression.
In addition, their Going to Green educational series addresses many aspects of sustainability from Watershed Management to Green Building, to Green Collar careers (and more!) The series is used by many educational institutions – including Santa Monica College. MPC practices in-house what they produce for the screen.
When establishing MPC, the founders made a point of having a work space close to their homes. The foundation promotes sustainable purchasing and local errands by foot, bike or public transportation. MPC’s answer to how they go about offering employee training about environmental issues is, “We eat, breathe, and sleep environmental sustainability.”
Other winners include:
- Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows SQA Grand Prize
- Healthy Spot SQA Grand Prize
- Bridgid Coulter Design Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment
- FIG Restaurant Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment and Social Responsibility
- Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment
- Media Policy Center Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment