Apogee Electronics Awarded Grand Prize in the Sustainable Quality Awards
Recognizing businesses in the Santa Monica area that are successfully putting sustainable practices into action. The City of Santa Monica awarded Apogee Electronics the 2017 Grand Prize Sustainable Quality Award.
Awarded annually, the SQA promotes the efforts of local businesses making significant achievements in the areas of sustainable economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the natural environment. The SQA nurtures Santa Monica’s sustainable business community, inspiring other businesses to adopt their own sustainable practices and providing residents and visitors with a healthy economy and environment.
The SQA Grand Prize is given for combined excellence in Sustainable Economic Development, Social Responsibility, and Stewardship of the Natural Environment. Specific excellence awards are given to businesses with outstanding achievements in any one of the three areas.
Apogee was born out of an innovation that vastly improved the quality of audio recording. Founded in 1985, Apogee Electronics designs and manufactures award-winning audio recording solutions that are easy to use and sound amazing. For the last 3 decades, its manufacturing has been entirely in Southern California. Apogee complies with the WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) by providing complete product return/removal services. The WEEE addresses the End of Life (EOL) phase of products and contributes to the reduction of wasteful consumption of natural resources.
As a steward of the environment, Apogee strives for the most eco-friendly and balanced business operations possible. From minimizing plastic and environmentally harmful components in its products and packaging, to installing solar panels on its Santa Monica headquarters, Apogee is committed to constantly improving and evaluating its impact on the local and global community. The company’s Santa Monica headquarters is equipped with a 32 kWh solar array, supplying 60% of their total power. The solar array also charges a battery backup system, which fulfills Apogee’s power needs in the event of an emergency. Any surplus power generated on weekends and holidays is fed back to the greater Los Angeles power grid.
CEO and Co-Founder Betty Bennett’s intentions are to implement all feasible methods to reduce any negative impact on the environment. Bennett explains, “Apogee’s commitment to the environment is a priority. We are doing our best to create a workplace that is conducive to creativity, productivity and environmental awareness.”
Apogee and its staff have eliminated the use of single-use plastic items in their office kitchen. In this effort Apogee does not purchase plastic utensils, cups, water bottles and other disposable plastics for office gatherings or events. Apogee also uses high-efficiency A/C, LED lighting, computer systems, and effective use of natural light. Apogee goes beyond compliance for the City of Santa Monica’s Transportation Management Ordinances by exceeding the required average vehicle ridership for employees. Many Apogee staff commutes by bus, bike and foot. An even larger number carpool. Employees have access to onsite showers, secure bike parking and lockers.