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

Posted: 01 Jun 2012 10:04:43
16 top small businesses saved money, cut climate impact. 

Release #:12-23 

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Dimitri Stanich

California small businesses recognized for climate-smart

16 top small businesses saved money, cut climate impact

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

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

The 16 award winners were selected from 78 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 they took include installing
compact fluorescent lights, solar panels and energy-efficient
computer servers; eliminating toxic chemicals and solvents; using
eco-friendly, recycled products; and, installing automated
thermostats and light switches.

Five businesses received the Business of the Year award for
demonstrating exceptional climate change management practices and
communication.  Eleven 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

The winners come from 15 California cities across the state and
represent 13 industries, including manufacturing, hotel/lodging,
architecture, property rental, environmental services, legal
services, and recycling.

2012 Winners of CoolCalifornia.org Small Business Awards

Businesses of the Year
 Atlas Disposal,	                 Sacramento
 Light & Motion Industries, Inc.	 Monterey
 Recon Recycling, LLC	                 San Diego
 Three Squares Inc.	                 Santa Monica
 Weston Miles Architects	         Morgan Hill

Climate Leaders
 Aqua-Flo 	                 Goleta
 Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa	 Sausalito
 Cibola Systems Corporation	 Orange
 CleanFlame  	                 Oroville
 Minagar & Associates, Inc. 	 Irvine
 Paladin Law Group LLP	         Walnut Creek
 PizzaSalad, The Organic Choice	 Thousand Oaks
 Pure Water Bottling Company	 Castroville
 Sapphos Environmental, Inc.	 Pasadena
 Sun Harbor Marina       	 San Diego
 Virtually Basic LLC	         Citrus Heights
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, and conducted site visits and
environmental reviews to arrive at final decisions.

The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on June 13,
2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cal-EPA Building (Sierra Hearing
Room) 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

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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