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City of Santa Monica

Beacon Participant Profile

“I think any goal this community sets for itself, and is willing to work to accomplish, will be accomplished… whether in my time or another time. That’s the beauty of this city.” Ken Edwards, Former City Council Member and Mayor

About Santa Monica

  • Incorporated: 1887
  • Population: 90,377 (2011)
  • Location:  A beachfront city in western Los Angeles County that is situated on Santa Monica Bay. It is surrounded on three sides by the city of Los Angeles — Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles on the northeast, Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the southeast
  • Area: 8.3 square miles
  • Elevation: 105 feet

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


Silver Beacon Award (2016)

Agency Energy Savings

  • Gold Level, 13% (2015)
  • Silver Level, 6% (2013)

Agency Natural Gas Savings

  • Silver Level, 9% (2016)

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Platinum Level, 44% (2016)

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Gold Level, 14% (2013)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Platinum Level (2015)
  • Gold Level (2013)

Santa Monica Hosts Repair Cafes

From trash to treasure. Find out how Santa Monica is changing the culture of its community with its zero waste strategies.

The City of Santa Monica prides itself of being an environmental leader. In 2014, the city adopted the waste diversion goal of 95 percent by 2030, which exceeds the state’s goal of 65 percent. Currently, the city diverts 77 percent of its waste from landfills.


Santa Monica’s SRO Green Building — Colorado Court

The plan is for this 44-unit single-resident occupancy housing project to be 100% energy self-sufficient using a mix of green building and energy efficiency techniques and solar photovoltaic generation. Visit the website to learn more.


Santa Monica’s Complete Green Street Project

The Santa Monica City Council has approved a design to implement a variety of “green” improvements along a nine-block stretch of Ocean Park Boulevard.

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