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CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards nominations now being accepted
ARB to recognize green business efforts, climate leadership
SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board is accepting nominations through January 24 for its CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards that will recognize small businesses from across the state that demonstrate climate leadership.
The awards will recognize California small businesses with fewer than 100 employees that reduced their greenhouse gas emissions, promoted climate-friendly practices and integrated the use of CoolCalifornia.org into their business operations in 2010.
“There are many small California businesses that are taking innovative and creative steps to green their operations and raise their bottom line,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards offer them an opportunity to help other businesses learn how simple steps can cut their carbon footprint and save them money.”
Businesses that incorporate climate actions into their operations improve their bottom line and can serve as ambassadors for other small businesses looking to take these steps.
Awards will be given to California small businesses in two categories:
- CoolCalifornia Small Business of the Year Award: Awarded to those that took significant actions to reduce their climate impacts and can demonstrate measurable results. This includes achieving measurable and documented greenhouse gas emission reductions; energy savings and/or cost savings; investment in clean/renewable energy; purchased environmentally preferable products; purchased electric/hybrid vehicles; and, educated employees, customers and the general public.
- CoolCalifornia Climate Leader Award: Awarded to those that were proactive in reducing their climate impacts. This may include: changed lighting, implemented recycling programs, purchased environmentally preferable products and increased weatherization.
The ARB will recognize winners in May at a public ceremony in Sacramento and will feature their profiles on the CoolCalifornia.org website.
Last year ARB recognized 21 small businesses that took a variety of actions to save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Here is a list of the 2009 Small Business Award Winners.
Previous winners gained recognition for installing compact fluorescent lights or solar panels; supporting carpooling and telecommuting; 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.
ARB is currently seeking sponsors for the CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards. Please contact Mary Farr at or (916) 445-8290 for sponsorship opportunities.
ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.