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newsrel -- California Air Resources Board now accepting applications for CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program.

Posted: 12 Aug 2013 16:36:29
California Air Resources Board now accepting applications for
CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program. 

Release #:13-46
Date:8/12/2013

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

CONTACT: Melanie Turner
916-322-2990

melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov

California Air Resources Board now accepting applications for
CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program 

ARB to recognize green business efforts, sustainable practices

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board is accepting
applications now through Nov. 1 for its fourth CoolCalifornia
Small Business Awards Program which recognizes small businesses
that integrate environmental stewardship and sustainability into
their business practices.

California small businesses that reduce energy use, conserve
water and minimize their greenhouse gas emissions are
demonstrating climate leadership and can compete for a
CoolCalifornia Small Business Award.
“Whether they are law offices, restaurants or manufacturers,
small businesses across the state are taking actions to save
money while reducing their environmental impacts and greenhouse
gas emissions,” ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols said. “These small
business leaders are demonstrating that making smart
climate-friendly choices is good for the environment and for
their bottom line.”
Small businesses that meet the requirements can apply online for
an award between Aug. 12, 2013, and Nov. 1, 2013, at:
http://www.coolcalifornia.org/article/small-business-awards-program.
Winners will be recognized by ARB in a statewide press release,
at a public ceremony in Sacramento in February 2014 and profiled
on the CoolCalifornia.org website.

Awards will be given to small businesses in two categories:

• CoolCalifornia Small Business of the Year Award: Awarded to
small businesses that have taken significant actions in 2012-2013
to reduce their climate impacts, demonstrated measurable
greenhouse gas reductions and documented benefits from the
actions they have taken (e.g., cost savings, return on
investment, etc.) by using tools such as the CoolCalifornia small
business carbon calculator.

• CoolCalifornia Climate Leader Award: Awarded to small
businesses that were proactive in reducing their environmental
impacts and can describe in detail the specific actions taken in
2012-2013 to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Last year ARB recognized 16 small businesses that took a variety
of actions to save money while reducing their environmental
impacts and greenhouse gas emissions. These included installing
compact fluorescent lights and energy efficient equipment or
solar panels; supporting carpooling, bicycling and alternative
fuel vehicles; purchasing environmentally-friendly cleaning
products and low volatile organic compound paints and carpet, and
incentivizing climate-friendly behavior. For information on past
winners, see
http://www.coolcalifornia.org/article/small-business-awards-program.

ARB is currently seeking sponsors for the awards program. If you
wish to be a sponsor and be recognized at the award ceremony,
contact Judy Nottoli at jnottoli@arb.ca.gov or (916) 322-7429 for
information on 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.

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