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The Main Library and Sustainability

The City of Santa Monica has received a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED™) Gold Rating for the new Main Library. The US Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System® has been adopted by the City as the basis of design for all of its new construction.

The 104,000 square foot Main Library, which opened in January 2006, is the City's second major facility designed and built with the intent of significantly reducing the building's negative impact on the environment. The first was the Public Safety Facility.

As a green building, the new Main Library offers many benefits, including environmental protection, economic advantages, and health and safety benefits, while providing an inviting, friendly and comfortable place for library users of all ages.

Sustainability Events

Citywide Yard Sale
Aug 23    All Day    City Yards
Preparing Your Fall Garden
Aug 25    7:00pm    Fairview Branch
Sustainable Landscape Architechture - Planting Specifications and Details
Sep 16    4:00pm    Other
Coastal Cleanup Education Day
Sep 17    9:00am    Beach (Central)
9th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference
Sep 19    10:00am    Other
Coastal Cleanup Day, Dive and Lifeguard Paddle Out
Sep 20    9:00am    All Branches
9th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference
Sep 20    10:00am    Other
Farmers Market Bring a Bag, Get a Bag Event
Sep 21    10:00am    Other
Buy Local Santa Monica Week: Buying Local Gives Back Sept. 22 - 28
Sep 22    All Day    Other
Beyond Sustainability: Innovative Building Design in the Post-Carbon City
Sep 23    6:30pm    Other
Mike Brune and Ruskin Hartley: The Legacy of John Muir
Sep 24    7:00pm    Main Library
Fed Up - Movie Screening
Sep 25    7:30pm    Other
Composting the Easy Way
Sep 27    12:00pm    Fairview Branch
Free Compost Giveaway!
Sep 27    7:00am    City Yards
Used Oil Recycling & Filter Exchange
Nov 8    9:00am    Other
Free Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling
Nov 15    9:00am    City Yards
Sustainable Landscape Architechture - Developing an Irrigation Plan
Nov 18    4:00pm    Other
Clothing & Textile Recycling
Dec 13    9:00am    City Yards
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