For Immediate Release:
January 19, 2016
Contact: Shannon Parry
shannon.parry@smgov.net
310.458.2227
The 2016  SQAs Gear Up 
for a Great Ride  
The 21st Annual Award Receives Bike Center Boost - Free Tickets for Pledges to Cycle to the Event   

Santa Monica, CA - January 19, 2016 - If the  21st Annual Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) was not already a fun enough ride, a boost from the Santa Monica Bike Center promises to get 35 bike riders into the awards ceremony for free.  They are offering free admission to the first individuals pledging to cycle to the event, but that's not where the fun stops.  The nominations for this year, all 48 of them, include many businesses representing several business sectors new to the awards program.  

Would you expect a dance studio to win?  How about a culinary school, or a swim school for individuals with special needs?  The awards program serves to showcase the diversity of businesses, from small family-owned restaurants to large tech corporations, and encourage others to focus on more than the bottom-line.  

"Santa Monica companies continue to lead the way in incorporating sustainability principles into their business practices. As Santa Monicans take bold steps toward water self-sufficiency and green building excellence, our diverse and creative business community stands proudly by to advance these priorities," said Laurel Rosen, president of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

SQA winners will be announced in March, then formally recognized at the Annual Sustainable Quality Awards event set for April 21, 2016 at Le Meridien Delfina Hotel  in Santa Monica. The awards ceremony, lead sponsored by Morley Builders and LAcarGUY, showcases sustainable cuisine with the ever popular small bites networking reception featuring celebrated local chefs. This year's small bites businesses include LO/CAL Coffee and Market, FIG Restaurant and eLOVate Vegan Kitchen and Juicery, but there will be more, so stay tuned. 

Event Ticket Information
Purchase event tickets here  or call 310.393.9825. Pre-paid tickets are $50 for Chamber members and $60 for non-members.

Pedal your way to receive a free event ticket!
The Santa Monica Bike Center will pick up the tab for the first 35 registrants who pledge to arrive by bike, dressed dapper of course, to the April 21st event. A short group ride from the Bike Center to the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel will be organized for all the participants. In 2014, the Santa Monica Bike Center won SQA Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment.

About the Sustainable Quality Awards
The SQAs were founded in order to recognize businesses in the Santa Monica area that are successfully incorporating sustainable practices into their operations; businesses that make significant achievements in the areas of sustainable economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the natural environment.

The SQA, the longest running and most rigorous sustainable business awards program in Southern California, has recognized 131 businesses with over 170 awards since 1995. The SQA is  a partnership between the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, City of Santa Monica and Sustainable Works.

Partner with SQA and show your support!
Event sponsorship and exhibitor information is available on smsqa.com.  Sponsorship form here.

For more information, please visit the SQA website or watch this video from the 2015 Sustainable Quality Awards.