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newsrel -- California small businesses recognized for implementing climate-smart strategies

Posted: 22 Jan 2014 12:05:11
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/KHjfLw

January 22, 2013



Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990

California small businesses recognized for implementing
climate-smart strategies

SACRAMENTO - Today the Air Resources Board announced the winners
of the fourth CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards, recognizing
small businesses that demonstrate leadership and make notable,
voluntary achievements toward reducing their carbon footprint.

“These small-business leaders from across California prove it
only takes a few simple steps to be more sustainable,” said ARB
Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “Whether it’s running a boutique hotel
or repairing automobiles they each demonstrated that making smart
climate-friendly choices is good for the environment and for
their bottom line.”

The 13 award winners were selected from competitive applicants,
representing a variety of business sectors from across
California. These businesses took a number of different actions
to save money and improve their business operations while
reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and environmental
impacts. Some of the steps they took included installing LED
lights, solar panels, energy-efficient equipment and occupancy
sensor switches; eliminating toxic chemicals and solvents; using
eco-friendly, recycled/reused/repurposed products; installing
foot pedal scrub stations and low flow shower heads and toilets;
and using alternative or renewable energy fueled vehicles and
electric bikes.

Three businesses received the Business of the Year award for
demonstrating exceptional climate change management practices and
emission reductions, while documenting their cost savings, return
on investment and benefits received from taking specific actions.
Ten businesses were acknowledged as Climate Leaders for taking
proactive steps to reduce their impact on our climate and
communicating this information to their employees and customers.

The winners come from 13 California cities across the state and
represent different industries including manufacturing,
hotel/lodging, event planning, automotive repair, retail, animal
healthcare, media and food service/restaurant.

2013 Winners of CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards

Businesses of the Year:

El Primero Boutique B&B Hotel, Chula Vista

E & B Auto Repair, Fort Bragg

Conejo Awards,Thousand Oaks

Climate Leaders:

Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Capitola 

Monterey County Weekly, Seaside

Nortra-Cables, Inc., Milpitas

Ohana Pet Hospital, Ventura

Paper Culture, Millbrae

Quick Mount PV, Walnut Creek

Sacramento Event Planners, Davis

The Bath Workshop, Claremont

The Inn on First, Napa

The Rising Loafer Café and Bakery, Lafayette

The award winners were scored by two-person teams comprised of
staff from public agencies and private businesses. ARB staff and
leadership further reviewed scores, conducted site visits and
performed environmental reviews to select the 2013 winners.

Awards will be presented to the winning businesses at a ceremony
from 4 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2014, at the Cal-EPA Building, 1001
I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

CoolCalifornia.org is an online resource providing all
Californians with the information and tools they need to take
climate action. The website features money-saving actions,
climate calculators, case studies and links to financial
incentives to help individuals, small businesses, local
government and youth gain the knowledge needed to take simple
steps for a sustainable future. For more information, visit

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