The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced yesterday that it is accepting applications through Nov. 1,2013, for its fourth CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program. The annual program gives recognition to small businesses that have integrated environmental stewardship and sustainability into their business practices.
The competition is open to any California small business that reduces energy use, conserves water, and minimizes its greenhouse gas emissions.
"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."
Winners will be announced by ARB in a statewide press release, at a public ceremony in Sacramento in February 2014, and on the CoolCalifornia.org website.
Two categories of awards will be given:
- 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.
A Bakersfield business, Greenshops, earned a Climate Leader Award in 2011.
For more information on how to apply for an award, click on this link: CoolCalifornia Awards
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