The South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC) hosted its 6th annual SEED Awards event September 26, 2012 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Comprised of businesses and municipalities throughout the South Bay and beyond, the SBBEC hosts the SEED Award program to recognize the extraordinary environmental efforts of local businesses, individuals and organizations.
This year the City of Hawthorne had a nominee and a category winner. Bruder Toys at 4950 145th Street won the Pollution Prevention Award for its efforts to make both its products and operations environmentally sustainable. Bruder’s facility is powered by a solar power system on its roof. Perhaps most significantly though, Bruder makes durable, long-lasting toys that are the antidote to the typical, disposable modern toy. In addition, should your Bruder toys break, replacement parts are available to make sure that the toy keeps on living, thus preventing waste.
Hawthorne’s other nominee was E Tech Surfboards at 13125 Yukon Ave. E Tech is a previous SEED Award winner for its eco-friendly surfboards that use recycled foam and non-toxic glassing. E Tech’s mission is to create more environmentally responsible production methods and make surfers aware that green boards are just as lightweight, strong, and durable as their less environmentally friendly counterparts.
The event was attended by elected officials and business leaders from all over Southern California. Past SEED Award winners have ranged from individuals to international corporations, each of which have helped the quality of life in the South Bay and surrounding region. By recognizing the efforts being made locally, these awards help demonstrates to others how a few simple steps can make a significant impact.
From left to right: Doug Krauss of Hawthorne Public Works and Alejandro Rosales of SEED Award winning Bruder Toys.
More info can be found on the SBBEC's website: www.sbbec.org or contact Doug Krauss at 310-349-2987.