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Melanie Turner
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California small businesses recognized for implementing climate-smart strategies

SACRAMENTO - Cool CaliforniaToday 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 community.

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 CenterPleasant Hill
Toole's GarageSan Carlos
Climate Leaders
Atrium Ventures UnlimitedSanta Maria
Captain VineyardsMoraga
Gaumenkitzel RestaurantBerkeley
Greenbar Craft DistilleryLos Angeles
Greenway PartnersArcata
Lafayette Car Wash & Detail CenterLafayette
McCown + Evans LLPSan Francisco
Mr. Squeegee Window & Solar Panel CleaningModesto
My Conference EssentialsSacramento
The Glass Man Professional Window Washing Company, Inc.Ventura
Uptown StudiosSacramento

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. 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

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.