Category: Green Charity

A New Walking Path Coming to Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Park

September 25, 2015 lacarguy Green Charity Tags: , , , , ,

The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a fun city park for families and friends to get together and enjoy the great outdoors together. It’s home to a total of 58 recreational acres for biking, walking and different types of physical activity. Unfortunately it’s become an unsafe environment lately because visitors continually turn to the steep entry road that’s used heavily for entering and exiting by vehicles. All the people using the road are at risk, and drivers are having trouble getting in and out effectively.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

The Solution

To solve this problem funding from the CBS EcoMedia Wellness Ad program and LAcarGUY a new paved walking path is being added to the park beside Heltzer road. This offers the same recreational space that the entry road is currently providing, and it’s a much safer environment for everyone.

When to Look for the Path

The new walking path should be released this fall, so look out for the new construction starting soon. It should offer the needed space that visitors are longing for to walk, jog and enjoy activities that a paved surface work so well for.

Cleaning up the Area

To further improve the environment, LAcarGUY volunteers worked closely with CBS EcoMedia and LA Radio volunteers to carry out a habitat restoration project. During the project the group removed a range of invasive species to help preserve the natural habitats and ecosystem for all the other plants and animals in the space.

Get Ready for the Biggest Volunteer Day Yet

September 16, 2015 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Charity, Heal The Bay Tags: , , , , , ,

LAcarGUY is once again having its volunteer day in conjunction with Heal the Bay. Ocean pollution is a serious issue that’s affecting everyone along the Pacific coastline, and it’s something that local residents should be concerned about. As locals it’s up to use to tackle the problem head on, and that’s exactly what this volunteer day is all about!

It’s a day for LAcarGUY dealership employees to come together along with their family members to help make a difference on the nearby beaches. Every employee is encouraged to attend and to try and get together as many volunteers as they can to make the day into something special. September 19th is set to be the biggest volunteer day so far, and should have a major impact on the condition of Toes Beach.

When and Where

The day is set to occur on September 19th, 2015 at Toes Beach at Dockweiler at Playa Del Rey and it begins at 9AM. It makes for a fun outing with family members and friends and should leave everyone feeling good about what they accomplished.

The Perks

One lucky employee will have the chance to receive LA Laker tickets for two, and the only thing you have to do is show up and be prepared to work! The dealership that’s able to amass the most volunteers will also enjoy an In N Out Truck as a reward once they head back to work.

Finding a Parking Spot

Parking spots are available all along Pacific avenue. Both street parking and Del Rey Lagoon parking places are available and participants can feel free to use either one to get close enough for a comfortable walk to the location.

RSVP Today

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP by contacting Alisha at

LAcarGuy Volunteer Day


Get Ready for the 4th Annual SBC Awards

March 20, 2015 lacarguy Global Green USA, Green Charity, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Lexus Santa Monica Tags: , , ,

The 4th Annual Sustainable Business Council Achievement Awards or SBC Awards are coming up on April 22nd and their sure to be a night to remember. They offer a unique opportunity for the leaders in sustainability in Southern California to get the recognition that they deserve and for other sustainable business and thought leaders to meet and mingle with one another and expand their reach and their network. The event is sponsored by top environmental organizations and businesses such as Growing Roots, Summa, Living Homes, LAcarGUY and Lexus Santa Monica.

Jessica Alba

The Event

The SBC (Sustainable Business Council) Achievement Awards is a special event honoring all the Southern California businesses focusing on increasing sustainability in the area and around the country. During the event there will be a silent auction that helps raise revenue for the Sustainable Business Council. There will also be a raffle with a slew of prizes, and the potential to network with some of the top business leaders in sustainable industries in Southern California. In between the major festivities attendees can enjoy tastings from the SBC Restaurant Showcase that brings together leading Vegan, Vegetarian and sustainable restaurants.

Boise Thomas is this year’s Event Emcee and will be handing out awards to the this year’s recipients including Jessica Alba, Brian Lee, Sean Kane, Christopher Gavigan, Christopher Gebhardt and Nancy Mancilla. The CEO of will be making the opening remarks to get the event started.

The Details

The big day is on April 22 and the awards last from 6:30 until 9:00PM. They’re at the Santa Monica BLVD. at 1501 and there’s complimentary valet for added convenience.

If you would like to get involved with the event you can obtain tickets from here and you can submit your business for a potential award by visiting this link. There are ten different categories that each come with their own unique requirements. The application deadline is the 28th of March and there is a registration fee of $60 to get into the judging.

All the specifics are on the flier below, or you can learn more by visiting the official event link here.

SBC Flier

LAcarGUY Sponsors Grades Of Green Trash Free Lunches

April 24, 2013 lacarguy Charity, Community Involvement, Grades of Green, Green Articles, Green Charity, Green Team, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability 0 Comments

LAcarGUY, the leading hybrid dealer group in the world, was a proud sponsor for the second annual Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge at local schools. Lunada Bay Elementary Winners_TFLC_2013_3 There were 17 local schools that participated in the challenge and the top three were all sponsored by LAcarGUY stores! First Place went to Lunada Bay Elementary School, sponsored by Pacific Porsche. They won by reducing trash going to landfills by 87.5%. The school was honored with a celebration on Earth Day, on April 22, and will received a $1,000 education grant. Riviera Elementary School, sponsored by Audi Pacific and Washington Elementary, sponsored by Subaru Pacific tied for second place among the 17 schools and will receive awards of $750 each. Before the Trash Free Lunch Challenge the Lunada Bay School were producing 13 bags of trash and 0 bins for recycling. After the Challenge they reduced this to 5 bags of trash and increased their recycling to 2 full bins per day. The students at Lunada Bay also designed a water drip irrigation system consisting of plastic water and juice containers as an irrigation system for the schools fruit and vegetable garden where they are growing kale, lettuce and strawberries. President/Owner of LAcarGUY Mike Sullivan responds to the great news, “This is one of my favorite projects of the year to be a part of. We are so proud of these kids for taking complete control of their environment and then going home and teaching their parents….what a great cycle. I’m really happy that Alisha could be a part of the judging panel and take those learnings back to LAcarGUY; really teaches our employees the benefits of sustainability in our everyday lives. Couldn’t be more proud.” A judging panel of five environmental experts visited Lunada Bay and two other finalists in the competition—Riviera Elementary in Torrance, and Washington Elementary in Redondo Beach—earlier today to determine the Grand Prize winner. The panel included Alisha Auringer, Manager of the Environment, LAcarGUY; Marieta Francis, Executive Director, Algalita Marine Research Foundation; Abby Landers, El Segundo High School Grades of Green club president and Youth Board Advisor for Grades of Green; Michelle Nakamura, Operations Manager, 5 Gyres Institute; and RupamSoni, Senior Environmental Engineer, Sanitation Districts of L.A. County. Even though this year’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge is nearly complete, any school may initiate Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch program, as well as more than 40 other environmental activities. Complete instructions are available at no cost to schools at

Rachelle Lefevre Visits Helen Bernstein High School Garden

May 17, 2012 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Charity, Green Team, LAcarGUY Sustainability, School Garden Project, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , 0 Comments

It had been nearly a year since EMA Young Hollywood Board Member Rachelle Lefevre’s last visit to Helen Bernstein High School’s garden, and a lot had changed (and grown!) since then.

Rachelle toured the garden and got her hands dirty by digging in.

The Helen Bernstein High School garden is sponsored by LAcarGUY and Toyota of Hollywood.

See more photos from the day on our Flickr Photostream.

LAcarGUY Supports Heal The Bay's "Bring Back the Beach" Fundraiser (And you should too!)

May 10, 2012 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Charity, Heal The Bay, LAcarGUY News & Events Tags: , , , , 0 Comments
LAcarGUY is a longtime supporter of Heal The Bay, via sponsorships (Bring Back The Beach & Beach Report Card), participation in beach cleanups and most recently, LAcarGUY owner Mike Sullivan joined their Board of Directors. To celebrate our partnership, LAcarGUY’s Toyota Santa Monica will be donating a 2012 Prius C for this year’s Bring Back The Beach live auction, with all proceeds going to Heal The Bay.

We urge you to support this great cause and join us for an amazing night on the Beach with Heal The Bay supporters.

Purchase Tickets!

Bring Back the Beach

Heal the Bay invites you to celebrate the ultimate beach party at our annual Bring Back the Beach gala benefit on May 17, 2012 at The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.
We will also recognize the eco-accomplishments of this year’s three honorees: past president and chief operating officer of Hilton Hotels Matt Hart, director of photography Danny Moder and actress Julia Roberts, and actress Amy Smart.
Relax with your toes in the sand while you meet and mix with leaders from Southern California’s environmental, political, business and entertainment communities. Join us for a fun-filled evening under the stars to celebrate our honorees and support the mission of Heal the Bay.
We look forward to your company at our annual gala fundraising benefit!

5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
Live Auction

Tickets & Sponsorships
Tables and Sponsorships: $5,000 – $50,000
Individual Tickets: $500
Purchase tables/tickets online

Beach Chic


Toyota of Hollywood partners with EMA on School Garden Project

December 2, 2011 lacarguy Environmental Media Association, Green Charity, Green Team, LAcarGUY Sustainability, School Garden Project, Scion of Hollywood, Toyota of Hollywood Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Toyota of Hollywood (an LAcarGUY dealership) is proud to announce our sponsorship of Environmental Media Association’s (EMA) School Garden Program at Helen Bernstein High School. This program is an innovative initiative between the EMA and the LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles.

Community and environmental causes have always been a priority for LAcarGUY dealerships so we were excited to provide a hands-on educational opportunity through the Helen Bernstein school garden. This “living classroom” will enrich the learning experience for all students at Helen Bernstein and will help develop healthier food choices and eating patterns that can last a lifetime.

EMA launched an ongoing partnership with LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles. The school garden will be a great opportunity for the children take their learning beyond the four walls, in a more dynamic environment. Math, science, nutrition, health, and fitness can all be taught through the use of these gardens. In addition to the garden itself, EMA will also provide a celebrity mentoring program for students with a member of their Young Hollywood Board that includes Amy Smart, Nicole Richie, Maroon 5 and Rosario Dawson!

We will continue to bring you updates and pictures of our newly adopted garden. If you’re involved in growing your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard, tell us your story and send in pictures. We would love to see them! We’ll continue to bring you updates and pictures of our newly adopted garden. If you’re involved in growing your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard, tell us your story and send in pictures. We would love to see them!