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

Posted: 16 Mar 2017 10:23:02
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



March 16, 2017


California small businesses recognized for implementing
climate-smart strategies

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

“These award winners are the best examples of how more and more
Californian small businesses are making smart, climate-friendly
choices,” CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols said. “From Arcata to Los
Angeles, from a craft distillery to a window and solar panel
cleaning service, small businesses throughout the state are
showing that environmental protection and innovation are also
good for the bottom line.”

The 13 award winners, who will be honored at an award ceremony
set for Monday in Sacramento, were selected from competitive
applicants representing a variety of business sectors from across
the state. These businesses took a number of different actions to
save money and become more sustainable while reducing their
greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts. Some of the
steps they took included installing LED lights, solar panels and
energy efficient equipment and appliances; replacing landscape
with drought tolerant plants; incentivizing the use of public
transportation; purchasing wind power generated electricity;
using eco-friendly, recycled/reused/repurposed products;
composting food scraps and plant material; and implementing 
water conservation and zero-waste programs.

Two 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.
Eleven businesses were acknowledged as Climate Leaders for taking
proactive steps to reduce their impact on our climate and
communicating this information to their employees, customers and

The winners come from 12 California cities and represent a
variety of industries including automotive repair,
vineyard/winery, public relations, hospitality, mental health
services and consulting, among others.

2016 CoolCalifornia Small Business Award Winners

Businesses of the Year:
Crestwood Healing Center - Pleasant Hill
Toole's Garage - San Carlos

Climate Leaders:
Atrium Ventures Unlimited - Santa Maria
Captain Vineyards - Moraga
Gaumenkitzel Restaurant - Berkeley
Greenbar Craft Distillery - Los Angeles
Greenway Partners - Arcata
Lafayette Car Wash & Detail Center - Lafayette
McCown + Evans LLP - San Francisco
Mr. Squeegee Window & Solar Panel Cleaning - Modesto
My Conference Essentials - Sacramento
The Glass Man Professional Window Washing Company, Inc. -
Uptown Studios - Sacramento	

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 2016 winners.

Awards will be presented to the winning businesses at a ceremony
Monday, March 20, 2017, at the CalEPA Building, 1001 I Street,
Sacramento, CA 95812.

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, success stories and links to financial
incentives and rebates to help individuals, small businesses,
local government and schools gain the knowledge needed to take
simple steps for a sustainable future. For more information,
visit www.coolcalifornia.org.

California is in a drought emergency.
Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.

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