Santa Monica: Sustainability in the Business Community

By James Bassett.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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In cooperation with the city of Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Program, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce established an Environmental Affairs Committee with the mission to promote an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable community. To that end the Committee has launched a number of programs designed to educate, facilitate and recognize businesses and other organizations that achieve a level of excellence in their pursuit of sustainable methods of operation. Initially, these programs focused on efforts to honor innovators and early adopters of sustainable practices. Over a ten year period, the programs evolved to include information dissemination, incentives, and increasingly developed approaches for publicly recognizing and encouraging more organizations to adopt sustainable methods into their operations. The Committee’s flagship program is the Sustainable Quality Award which recognizes voluntary activities by companies and organizations in four areas of sustainability. These areas are Economic Development, Social Responsibility, Stewardship of the Built Environment, and Stewardship of the Natural Environment. The most recently added program is the Green Business Certification program which provides public verification that the certified company has met established criteria for sustainable operation.

Keywords: Business, Economic Development, Social Responsibility, Stewardship of the Built Environment, Stewardship of the Natural Environment

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.67-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 513.793KB).

Dr. James Bassett

Professor, College of Business, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, USA

A fourth generation Santa Monican, Dr. James Bassett earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UCLA in 1984. In 1988 he earned a Master’s degree from the Ohio State University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and went on to earn a Ph.D. at the same institution in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a minor in International Business in 1991. After gaining five years of teaching experience and participating a variety of consulting projects, Dr. Bassett joined the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business. As a business professor he has taught courses in sustainable development at Cal Poly’s Center for Regenerative Studies, held the position of co-director of the international relief organization Xela Aid, and served on the board of directors of the non-profit agency Food from the ‘Hood. For the past ten years Dr. Bassett has been a member of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Affairs Committee and the Sustainable Quality Award Committee.


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