Perry’s at the Beach, which rents bikes and sells burgers, along with public relations/marketing firm Phelps are this year’s Sustainable Quality Awards grand prize winners.

They will be recognized, along with 11 others, on April 30 during a luncheon sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, City Hall and Sustainable Works.

Each year the awards luncheon recognizes local businesses that have successfully incorporated sustainable practices into their operations. The SQAs are intended to educate and inspire local businesses to adopt sustainable practices and support Santa Monica as a sustainable community. The SQA has recognized over 125 businesses since the program launched in 1995.

“The SQA is the oldest and most rigorous sustainable business award in Southern California” said Shannon Parry, deputy sustainability officer for the Office of Sustainability and the Environment at City Hall. “By recognizing their achievements, we hope to inspire other businesses to adopt their own sustainable practices, thus helping Santa Monica become a model sustainable community.”

The 19th Annual Awards Luncheon event will honor the 2014 winners as well as feature a special keynote presentation by Dr. Michael Crooke, former CEO of Patagonia, Inc.

The grand prize s awarded to businesses for combined excellence in three areas: economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the natural environment. “Excellence” awards are given to outstanding achievements in any one of the three areas.

The Santa Monica Daily Press is receiving an excellence award for social responsibility, along with Red Bull North America, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Yahoo, Inc. and others.

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