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newsrel -- Small businesses recognized for climate-smart efforts

Posted: 03 May 2011 15:02:18
23 top small businesses saved money, cut climate impact 

California Air Resources Board 

News Release 
For Immediate Release

ARB PIO: Gennet Paauwe
CONTACT: 916-322-1061

Small businesses recognized for climate-smart efforts 
23 top small businesses saved money, cut climate impact 

The California Air Resources Board held its second
CoolCalifornia.org Small Business Award ceremony today, honoring
23 small businesses from across the state for their climate-smart

The program recognizes California small businesses that
demonstrate leadership and made notable, voluntary achievements
toward reducing their climate impact.

“These California small business owners demonstrate passion and
conviction for reducing their impact on the environment,” said
ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols.  “And they continue to think of
ways to improve operations and save money while educating their
peers, clients and employees about climate-smart actions.”
The 23 award winners were selected from 85 competitive
applicants, representing a variety of business sectors.  These
businesses took an array of actions to save money and improve
their operations, facilities and practices while reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.  Steps taken include installation of
compact fluorescent lights, solar panels and energy-efficient
computer servers; elimination of toxins and solvents; use of
eco-friendly products; and, adding automated thermostats and
lighting fixtures.

• Five businesses received the Business of the Year award for
demonstrating exceptional climate change management practices and
• Eighteen were acknowledged with the Climate Leader award for
taking proactive steps to reduce their impact on our climate and
communicating this information to their employees and customers.
• Nine were awarded certificates of recognition for taking steps
to establish innovative, more sustainable business practices.

These businesses come from 20 California cities and represent 15
industries, including manufacturing, trucking, food service,
printing, laundry, hotel, agriculture and construction.

The award winners were ranked by 20 two-person teams of scorers
comprised of staff from public agencies and private businesses. 
ARB staff and leadership further reviewed scores, and conducted
site visits and environmental reviews to arrive at final

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 www.coolcalifornia.org.

List of the award winners:

Businesses of the Year
Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley   
ATDynamics, South San Francisco
Dixon Ridge Farms, Winters
Hero Arts, Inc., Richmond
Orchard Hotels, San Francisco
Climate Leaders
Chavez Trucking, Dixon           
Citadel Environmental Services, Inc., Glendale  
Community Business College, Modesto  
Conejo Awards, Thousand Oaks
Domus Development, LLC, San Francisco           
Green11, San Francisco            
Greenshops, Bakersfield    
Lafitte Cork and Capsule, Napa           
Light & Motion Industries, Inc., Monterey  
Nortons Cleaners Inc., Placentia   
Outer Aisle Foods, Murphys          
Paragon Label & Mrs. Grossman's, Petaluma           
Quivira Vineyards and Winery, Healdsburg   
Royal Hawaiian Honey, Oakland  
Silverado Brewing Company, Saint Helena
Synergy Solar & Electrical Systems Inc., Sebastopol  
Three Squares Inc., Santa Monica          
Zan Media, Novato

Certificate of Recognition
Berkeley Olive Grove 1913, Oroville
Choicelunch, San Ramon
Koolfog, Inc., Palm Desert
Licata Chiropractic, Inc., Arcadia
Recon Recycling, LLC, San Diego
Stanford’s Restaurant, Walnut Creek
Tamalpais NatureWorks, San Rafael
Telework Research Network, Carlsbad
Waste Less Living, Pasadena



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

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