2018 Sustainable Business Certification Recipients

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In 2018, the following nineteen business were recognized at an awards ceremony for becoming certified. Collectively, they saved 98,019 kWh of electricity annually and 853,549 gallons of water (enough to fill 43 swimming pools)

Blue Water TravelBlue Water Photo and Travel is a premiere underwater photo and video store and specializes in individual travel, group travel, and underwater photo workshops. They have a large inventory of housings, strobes, and accessories in stock and are they are eager to help you take the perfect underwater photo or video system to meet your needs. Through the Certification Program, Bluewater adopted a Sustainability Policy and posted energy and water conservation prompts throughout their office. They committed to purchasing eco-friendly paper and cleaning products and have started a search for alternative eco-friendly packaging materials for their shipments.

Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream
Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream
is a woman-owned business whose roots began in a food truck.  They make their ice cream with organic sugar and chocolate, and hormone and GM0-free dairy products.

Through the Certification Program, Coolhaus adopted a number of sustainable practices, including applying window film to reduce heat gain, switching to a green cleaning supplier, using paper products with recycled content, commencing with a recycling program, installing aerators on all of their faucets, and with the help of Golden State Water, they installed high-efficiency toilets that saved them 36,000 gallons of water annually! Cunningham GroupCoolhaus also intends to replace their lighting with LED and to phase out the use of stickers on their ice cream cups to reduce landfill waste and establish an incentive program to encourage their clients to deploy reusable coolers at local events.

Through active listening, creativity, collaboration, innovation, and designing beautiful places, the Cuningham Group aims to uplift the human experience by creating memorable and resonant environments for families, coworkers, friends, and neighbors to grow, work, learn, and thrive.

The Cuningham Group reduced their eco-footprint by switching their cleaning products to a non-toxic and eco-friendly brands and they installed high-efficiency aerators on all their faucets.  

At Eco-Dive Center, they believe that as scuba divers they have a unique responsibility to be advocates for the ocean, and they strive to embody that mission in their everyday operations as a shop that sells top notch dive gear. Their Credo is to Eco Dive CenterExplore, Educate, Observe, and Conserve in Primo Dive Gear. They host boat trips to rich kelp forests, offer scuba diving courses, and play an active role in community efforts to conserve and restore the environment.

Eco Dive Center installed low-flow toilets and high-efficiency aerators on their faucets saving an estimated 11,100 gallons of water annually.  They now purchase paper products with recycled content and green cleaning supplies and have posted conservation signs to increase their staff’s awareness.   

EcoSmart FirecoSmart Fire creates safe, eco-friendly fireplaces that use bioethanol fuel. They provide a green alternative to traditional fireplaces and they offer a line of ventless fireplaces with unique designs created by the world’s top designers and architects.

In addition to retrofitting their toilets and faucets that saved 12,000 gallons of water annually, they also switched to a non-toxic pest control service, are committed to using green cleaning supplies, and began using paper products with recycled content.   

is the leading provider of shared electric vehicles that are available online.  Envoy vehicles are located in dedicated parking spaces at apartment complexes, hotels, workplaces and more and are entirely accessible via the "Envoy There" mobile app.  

Envoy installed high-efficiency aerators on all their faucets, adopted a Sustainability Policy, posted conservation stickers throughout their facility, and began diverting waste from landfills by implementing a recycling program and designating e-waste storage areas. In addition, Envoy’s robust employee commuter program and their staff’s commitment to avoid using single occupancy vehicles to commute to work has earned them “Certified Innovator” status. 

Harajuku TaproomAfter many years of travelling and working in Japan, founder Adam Guttentag, opened Harajuku Taproom restaurant to share his love of traditional Izakaya food and culture in Culver City. Izakaya consists of a wide variety of small plate dishes, beer and sake. Most of the fish served at Harajuku is sourced from Japan. 

Harajuku proactively chose to eliminate the use of plastic straws and instead, he now uses only marine-degradable straws made of hay. Harajuku hosted a Culver City Chamber “Business After 5” mixer at his restaurant, serves Farmers Market sprouts, organic wines and sake, and recently replaced his lighting fixtures with LED. 

LaLa Visual Visual adopted a new environmental policy to guide staff’s integration of sustainability actions into their daily activities. They now purchase green cleaning products and use reusable rags and they have implemented many energy and water efficient systems.  They established a recycling service not only for themselves, but for all the tenants in their entire building, which has diverted solid waste from landfills. They also offer their employees two paid days per year to volunteer at an organization of their choice and provide instruction to underserved youth to learn their trade, all of which has earned them “Certified Innovator” status. 

Law Offices of Elsa MartinezThe Law Offices of Elsa Martinez has successfully processed thousands of cases boasting a high level of success for their clients.  With decades of experience, they are well-versed in the various laws and policies surrounding immigration matters in the U.S. and they assist individuals, families and businesses with all immigration related matters. What stands them apart from the others is their passion about immigration law and they genuinely care about each of our clients.

The Law Offices of Elsa Martinez installed over 100 LED lights resulting in an estimated annual savings of over 3,000 kilowatt hours of energy. Now, more than half of the cleaners they use are green-certified and all their paper products have been switched to those with high levels of post-consumer recycled content.  Through their dedication to empower the immigrant community in a sustainable manner, the Law Offices of Elsa Martinez has become a “Certified Innovator”.

Marina Martial ArtsMarina Martial Arts is a school dedicated to helping their students find their 'True Strength.'  The martial arts studio features programs for all ages and levels of experience, focusing on fitness, self-defense, character development and life skills.  Marina Martial Arts strives to engage students in their waste reduction efforts and their studio offers refillable bottles and water stations.  They are almost paperless through their deployment of their digital billing, ordering and communication systems.

Marina Martial Arts retrofitted their incandescent lighting to LED and they now use green cleaning supplies and paper products containing recycled content. They also cut their water use by 75% through installation of high efficiency aerators on their faucets.

OsteostrongOsteostrong is a new, natural way to strengthen bones and muscles that improves balance and eliminates joint and back pain. It also strengthens the skeletal system and increases bone density, creates better posture, and improves balance and athletic performance.

OsteoStrong uses LED lighting, green cleaning products, and their customers receive free reusable water bottles that may be refilled from their water filtration dispenser, eliminating the need to purchase single use disposable bottled water. They also provide reusable mugs and glassware for customers who forget to bring their reusable bottles. They initiated a recycling program for the entire building, have diverted 50% of their solid waste from landfills and soon, they will use digital forms instead of paper. Their installation of high-efficiency toilets and faucet aerators saved them 113 gallons of water annually. 

Poon DesignFounded in 1991, Poon Design Inc., a LEED-accredited, multi-disciplinary practice, offering services in architecture and interior design, planning and programming, furniture design, music, and many other endeavors. Their award-winning designs serve national and international clients, having built over 300 projects serving the residential, commercial, religious, educational, and cultural community.

Poon has demonstrated their commitment to being a Sustainable Business by ensuring all their in-house events are zero waste and vegetarian, including an upcoming Chamber of Commerce mixer they agreed to host.  Poon also installed water saving devices and smart power strips equipped with an infra-red motion sensors that significantly reduced their consumption of electricity.  Through these efforts, Poon Design has become a “Certified Innovator”.

Rainbow AcresRainbow Acres is a locally-owned market that has been operating since 1981. They are a friendly, one-stop shop offering healthy, healing, and organic food products and plant-based, ready-made nutritious food.

Rainbow Acres completed a comprehensive lighting retrofit project by participating in SCE’s Direct Install program.  The project included replacement of 290 fluorescent fixtures with LED.  The retrofit saved 6,039 kilowatt hours of electricity, equating to $907.  They adopted a zero waste program that includes recycling and composting and they installed high efficiency spray nozzles on their faucets.  Rainbow Acres is proud to announce that half of their workforce either carpools, walks, bikes or uses public transportation to get to and from work.

ReDiscover CenterRediscover Center’s mission is to foster children's creativity through hands-on craft-making using sustainable materials.  They pride themselves on being an outlet for everyone who wants to acquire or donate reusable materials.

Rediscover adopted a new environmental policy to guide their operation and will soon serve organic fruit at their summer camps.  They are currently implementing a comprehensive lighting retrofit project that replaces their exiting fixtures with LEDs that will reduce their use of electricity by 57%!

Both Reformation’s Headquarters and their Retail Clothing Store have become Certified Innovators this year.  Reformation’s feminine clothing line uses sustainable fabrics and every step of their operation integrates environmental sustainability into it.  For example, they use recycled paper hangers to lessen the demand for new materials and instead of plastic bags, Reformation uses reusable totes.  In addition, Reformation is a net zero company who offsets their company-wide energy consumption by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits. 

Reformation installed high-efficiency toilets and faucets, adopted a sustainable purchasing policy, implemented an integrative pest management system that solves their pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment, and added water and energy conservation signage to raise awareness.

Rekon ProductionsRekon is a well-established production company providing production services, equipment and studio rentals for a wide array of media projects. 

Rekon installed low-flow toilets and high-efficiency aerators on all their faucets that saved 12,000 gallons of water annually. They also installed LED lighting throughout their entire building that saved 4,700 kilowatts of electricity annually and they now use paper products containing recycled content.

Sage Bistro
Sage Bistro
is a beloved farm to table, seasonal, plant-based restaurant that opened its doors in 2013.  Sage proudly partners with local farmers who are committed to practicing organic, pesticide free farming and regenerative agriculture. Sage recently acquired Sow Heart Farms, to grow their own organic produce for the bistro and the farm is a closed loop system that makes compost from Sage’s food waste to grow the produce!  Sage also partners with ‘Kiss the Ground’ foundation to raise money to educate farmers on sustainable practices.

Sage is committed to operating a zero waste facility by being one of the first restaurants in Culver City to discontinue the use of plastic straws by switching to compostable paper straws.  The energy efficiency measures they implemented includes LED lighting and Energy Star rated equipment replacements that saved over 800 kilowatts of electricity annually. Their faucets and restrooms were retrofitted with high-efficiency devices and toilets that saved over 28,000 gallons of water annually.

ServiconServicon is an innovative custodial provider that pioneered the concept of “green cleaning.”  They are the leading facilities maintenance contractor serving over 100 million square feet in the aerospace, industrial, hi-tech, and commercial sectors in Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Servicon Systems is a Green Business Mentor whose staff volunteers at community events and they continue to integrate sustainable practices into their everyday operations. Servicon installed hundreds of LED lights saving 14,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. They also adopted a new Sustainability Policy and diverted their waste from landfills by providing common sorting stations, eliminating liners for paper recycling, and switching to paper products with recycled content.  

For over a decade, La Visual has forged a strong reputation for helping large corporations develop their own, unique branding. 

Simple DCP Digital Cinema Projection
Simple DCP is a premier provider of theatrical, broadcast, and digital deliverables.  No matter what your platform, they deliver your content where it needs to go.  From Academy Award winners to breakout web series, Simple DCP serves a diverse, global clientele with tailored solutions and one-on-one attention.

Simple DCP adopted a sustainability policy that guides their operation and encouraged staff to use alternative transportation by promoting bike events and providing safe bicycle storage. They also reduced their solid waste by eliminating the use of garbage bag liners in their dry trash bins.