Electricity Use At The Market Mall

Electric Panels

Electrical contracting companies like 110220v.com are often responsible for wiring whole malls. Have you ever thought about the electricity use at the Market SMP? The Market at Santa Monica Place is a mall that takes electricity efficiency very seriously.

Some malls are unbelievably hungry when it comes to power.  The Siam Paragon in Thailand for example uses about 120 Gigawatts of electricity annually. This is twice as much as the entire Mae Hong Son province of 250,000 people.

As with any mall there are a variety of electricity uses here at Santa Monica mall. These include:

  • Commercial Kitchens,
  • Walk Lighting
  • Dining Lighting
  • Party Lighting
  • Appliances

So what can be done to become more efficient energy users at malls?

1. Refrigerators. In the normal residential household the fridge uses about %20 of the monthly electricity. We can make improve the efficiency by making sure our commercial fridges are sealed tightly and the temperature is set not to cold and not too warm, but just right.

2. Dishwasher.  Run the dishwashers when full only. Have dishwashers installed that have an energy saving feature. This feature often lets the dishes “air” dry instead of using heat. This can reduce electricity use by 20%.

3. Mall Heating.  Make sure the thermostats are set for “comfortable” and not “luxury”.

4. Fluorescent lighting. Fluorescent lights use only 25% of the electricity that incandescent lighting uses. As an added bonus fluorescent lighting will last 8-12 times longer than the traditional light bulb.

5. Weatherize the mall. Use weather stripping and caulk to make sure that ALL windows and doors are sealed.  Think about all the electricity that is being wasted when the mall closes for the night and the windows and doors aren’t sealed.

6. Measure, constantly. With a large concern such as a mall, it is very important that you can see your electricity usage at a quick glance. Once you have these metrics in place, it becomes much easier to identify when anomalies are causing your usage to go up.

7. Install energy efficient air filters. If you can install centrally located air filters, you’ll remove the need for distributed pre-filters to be replaced each year.

8. Automation. If your lights, are turned off and on by automated sensors you’ll quickly recoup the sensor costs in reduced energy usage.

9. Hire the best electricians.  110220v.com is a good example of an electrical contractor that knows how to create energy efficient plans. They didn’t do our electricity. (Disclosure, they did not do the Market SMP electricity).

10. Install solar panels. Yes the worlds hottest trend CAN be applied to malls.  Numerous malls have installed solar panels and they are working wonderfully.

11. Finally, see this unique green electricity solution that is currently being used in England. Its called “PaveGen“.  When the copious mall shoppers step on the PaveGen tile, it generates energy that is transferred to a battery or appliances. So actually all the foot traffic of the mall is transformed into electricity!

We are extremely proud that there are so many ways to create electric savings these days. It’s a really exciting time to be in the mall business and we are enthusiastically promoting “Green” mall energy!

The Gourmandise School of Savories and Sweets Grand Opening

Friday, May 20th is a grand opening indeed!  We’ve spent months planning, drawing, building and sprucing and are beyond excited to introduce you to our new cooking school.

The line-up for our three-day celebration at The Market is filled with delicious chefs and demonstrations, incredible partnerships with local farmers and purveyors and some sweet surprises around each corner.  No reservations are required, simply bring your appetite!

Tasting Menu: Sauteed Spinach and Red Swiss Chard, California King Salmon Summer Carpaccio and Market Field Greens with White Balsamic and Ruby Grapefruit Olive Oil.

Matthew Kenney Culinary, M.A.K.E. Raw Cuisine

Matthew Kenney (b.1964) is the world’s leading raw food chef, the writer of several best-selling cookbooks, a television host, and an entrepreneur specializing in the raw lifestyle. He graduated from the French Culinary Institute and, after working in upscale New York City kitchens, opened a number of his own highly regarded restaurants in New York and along the East Coast. He has earned several awards, including being named one of America’s Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine and was twice nominated as a Rising Star Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation. Kenney has appeared on numerous food and talk shows, and regularly lectures on the subject of raw food and health, including a highly watched TEDx talk in 2011.

Having grown up on the coast of Maine and being an avid outdoorsman, Kenney’s success lies within his innate understanding of seasonal and local ingredients, his classical training and extensive travel background. His application of contemporary methods and techniques along with a firm commitment to innovative recipes and food aesthetics is leading the raw food industry to the mainstream.

In 2009, Kenney founded the world’€™s only licensed raw food culinary academy. In its first two years, Matthew Kenney Academy has graduated students from over 30 countries. Along with operating his namesake Academy and Restaurant Brand, he is involved in raw food projects around the world, and travels extensively to forward his mission to show others that food can be delicious and vibrant, while still healthful.

Beachy Cream

Beachy Cream has a new creation!  Come inside The Market and try new Iced Pops.  They are raw, vegan and organic, made with farmer’s market fruit and sweetened with agave.  Perfect for summer.

Gary Palmer Coffee Series

Being born in Northern Ireland, and graduating from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland with a Masters in Architecture, seems, in hindsight, to have been the perfectly unique stepping-off point for Gary Palmer’€™s artistic career.

Palmer first traveled the world as a street painter and, drawing inspiration from East African sojourns, transitioned from his horizontal cement pavement to more traditional, vertical canvases upon which he has been able to experiment with (and expose) nature’s fundamental elements.

Now living and working locally, in a studio near Gold’€™s Gym in Venice, The Groundwork Indie Garage is proud to present this series of works that was curated from our community, and originated with our favorite grind.

An extension of his earlier ‘€œCoffee Series’ of narrative works, Palmer’s latest pieces were painted specifically for this exhibition, measure approximately 16’€ x 20′ each, and are available for purchase by lovers of art and coffee.

The Market Grand Opening

10:00am: Official opening at The Market, there will be a “ribbon cutting” ceremony at this time, it won’t be a ribbon… you will have to come and find out what is in store!

10:00am: Indian Cuisine Demonstration with Chef Kaumudi from UncurryNoon: Ahi Crudo Appetizers Demonstration

1-5:00pm: Join us in celebration of the Grand Opening for an awesome DJ on the Deck

1-8:00pm: Interactive photo booth in The Plaza

2:00pm: Ahi Crudo Appetizers Demonstration4:00pm: Chocolate Making with Patricia Tsai of ChocoVivo

8:00pm: Honey Ice Cream Demonstration with Pastry Chef Clemence Gossett

8:00pm: Join us for our special viewing of “Ratatouille” on the Deck ALL DAY Free scoop day – all day and special gelato making demonstrations (N’€™ice Cream)Sampling of gelato cakes around the market and around the property (N’€™ice Cream)Sampling of skin products, FREE hancials and ETW a customized gift bag filled with farm-sourced local harvest, fresh and authentic skin food preparations (Benedetta)

Follow That Chef Series

The Follow That Chef Series is excited to announce a delicious lineup of Chefs and Authors for their tours of the Santa Monica Farmers Market and demonstrations at The Gourmandise School.  These events are free to the public and require registration.  Each event begins with a meetup at the corner of 3rd and Arizona at 9am, followed by a tour led by the Chefs and introduction to farmers.

Students will then walk down to The Gourmandise School for a demonstration and light tasting, as well as Q and A with the Chefs. Some events include a cookbook signing.  Follow That Chef is brought to you by the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market and The Gourmandise School, located inside The Market at Santa Monica Place.

Benedetta Skin Care

Benedetta, founded in 1996, is a fully botanical, farm-sourced, skincare company based in Petaluma, Calif. A perfect fit for The Market, each holistic formula is made in small batches focusing on certified organic and biodynamic ingredients, many California grown. The vibrancy of fresh, alive ingredients allows the skin to recognize and absorb nutrients, much like the same bioavailability of organic foods.  So Benedetta preparations truly are food for your skin. Benedetta is not a band-aid approach to skin, health and rejuvenation, but a holistic one. The results are corrective and continued.

The company’s vibrant preparations are made with botanical ingredients purchased from a global community of farmers, all with their own rich heritage and story – from the 10-year-old family crop of Bulgarian Roses to our local Northern California lavender to a certified fair trade Shea Butter.

Benedetta products never contain synthetic fragrances, fillers or coloring agents.  Each formula has the rich color and sweet smell nature intended.  Benedetta skincare is non-comedogenic (won’€™t clog pores) and highly concentrated so a little goes a long, long way.  Benedetta, which means ‘blessed’ in Italian, currently has one retail location in San Francisco’s Ferry Building.