California's best climate-smart small businesses recognized
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
Sacramento - The California Air Resources Board announced the winners today of the state's first program to recognize small businesses that have demonstrated exceptional success in saving money while cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.
ARB Chairman Mary Nichols, ARB Small Business Ombudsman La Ronda Bowen, and President of the California Small Business Association Betty Jo Toccoli recognized 21 recipients of the Small Business of the Year award, and six recipients of the Small Organization of the Year award at a public ceremony held at 3 PM in the Byron Sher Auditorium at the Cal/EPA building in Sacramento.
"California's three million small businesses are not only the backbone of California's economy, they are a crucial part of the state's efforts to fight climate change," said Nichols. "We are proud to partner with them to work together for a healthier environment and help improve their bottom line."
"These winners show how every small business can use common-sense solutions that reduce waste, use less energy and save money," said Betty Jo Toccoli. "I look forward to working with the Air Resources Board to help other small businesses fight climate change and improve their bottom line."
The CoolCalifornia Small Business awards program was established to recognize small California businesses (with less than 100 employees) and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and made notable, voluntary achievements towards reducing their climate impact.
The CoolCalifornia Small Business of the Year awards recognize businesses and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional climate change management practices and climate change communication. The Excellence awards recognize businesses and organizations that have made significant efforts to reduce their impact on the climate.
Recipients come from 23 separate cities. The award winners were selected by judges from the state administration and small business community from a competitive pool of over 100 applicants from across the state.
Applicants took a variety of actions to save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions including installing compact fluorescent lights or solar panels; supporting car pooling; reducing waste and water consumption; telecommuting and moving office locations to reduce transportation emissions; developing business-specific climate action plans; and incentivizing climate-friendly behavior with employee award programs.
The award program was created to help small businesses participate in the implementation of AB 32, California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and the AB 32 Scoping Plan adopted by the ARB in December 2008. AB 32 was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2006 and calls on California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
More information on the awards program and the winners can be found at www.coolcalifornia.org
List of award winners
Small business of the year award
Bowman Design Group, Signal Hill * bowmandesigngroup.com * Employees: 7
Diamond D General Engineering, Woodland * ddge.net * Employees:18
Numi Organic Tea, Oakland * numitea.com * Employees: 30
Rent a Green Box , Costa Mesa * rentagreenbox.com * Employees: 17
Spirit Graphics, Chula Vista, * sgink.net * Employees: 12
Organization of the year award
Ecology Action, Santa Cruz * ecoact.org * Employees: 55
High Tech High Chula Vista, Chula Vista * hightechhigh.org * Employees: 62
Irwindale Chamber of Commerce, Irwindale * irwindalechamber.org * Employees: 3
Small business excellence award
Arya Cleaners, Chula Vista * aryacleaners.com * Employees: 23
BlueStar Refreshment Services, San Jose * bluestarrefreshments.com * Employees: 12
Blue Oak Energy, Davis * blueoakenergy.com * Employees: 26
CenterStone Communities, Santa Ana * centerstone.com * Employees: 12
El Primero Boutique B&B Hotel, Chula Vista * elprimerohotel.com * Employees: 3
Hesperian Cleaners, San Lorenzo * hesperiancleaners.com * Employees: 3
Lafitte Cork and Capsule, Napa * lafitte-usa.com * Employees: 17
The Living Christmas Co., Redondo Beach * livingchristmas.com * Employees: 20
Meridian Pacific, Inc., Sacramento * meridianhq.com * Employees: 20
Old Town Trolley Tours, San Diego * trolleytours.com/san-diego * Employees: 75
Puroast Low Acid Coffee, Woodland * puroast.com * Employees: 17
Premier Auto Tops and Interiors, Santa Clara * premierupholstery.com * Employees: 5
Resource Solutions Group, Half Moon Bay * rsgrp.com * Employees: 21
San Diego Office Interiors, San Diego * sdoi.com * Employees: 36
Savory & Sweet Catering, Sunnyvale * savoryandsweet.com * Employees: 13
Waldeck's Office Supplies, San Francisco * waldecks.com * Employees: 4
Organization excellence award
Cool the Earth, Kentfield * cooltheearth.org * Employees: 8
Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco * ppic.org * Employees: 65
Sustainable Silicon Valley, San Jose * sustainablesiliconvalley.org * Employees: 2
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