Boardwalk's Enviornmental Policies Recognized by State and Local Agencies

Located next to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is committed to environmental preservation. The Boardwalk’s award-winning recycling and reuse programs have been recognized by the State of California and the City of Santa Cruz.


  • Recycling or reusing approximately 180 tons of material annually.
  • Reclaiming approximately 1 million gallons of water annually for landscaping and other non-potable water applications.
  • Upgrading to waterless urinals and low-flush toilets began in 2008.
  • Prohibiting the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) at all Boardwalk food locations.
  • Installing the first solar powered trash compactors in Northern California.
  • Recycling oil generated from vehicles and rides, green waste generated from landscaping, and electronic waste.
  • Cleaning the beach in front of the Boardwalk daily, Spring and Summer.
  • Participating in valued community programs such as Coastal Clean-Up Day and Bike-to-Work Day
  • Providing discounted bus passes, as well as bicycle and skateboard locker to encourage employee use of alternative transportation
  • Providing electric vehicles for maintenance crews

The Boardwalk’s Envionrmental Efforts have been recognized by State and Local Agencies:

  • California Integrated Waste Management Board "Waste Reduction Award" winner every year since 1995.
  • Selected as a City of Santa Cruz "Clean Ocean Business" every year since 2004
  • Recognized in 2008 as a "Bicycle-Friendly Business" by the League of American Bicyclists
  • Recipient of 2003 "Sanctuary Reflections Award" from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Named 1995 "California Ecotourism Business" of the Year Named 1995 "Ecology Action Environmental Business of the Year"
  • Named "Santa Cruz County Sustainable Quality Award" winner in 1995