2009 Award Winners

The CoolCalifornia.org Small Business Award Program was established to recognize small California businesses and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and made notable, voluntary achievements towards reducing their climate impact.  This was our inaugural year. Our 27 award recipients come from 22 cities across the state.  Staff and management from the state agencies and the small business community selected the 2009 winners from a competitive pool of over 100 applicants.  Among the 2009 award recipients, the number of employees per business ranges from 3 to 75.  The average number of employees is 21.  Multiple sectors within the business community are represented among the winners including home, business and professional services; food, lodging and entertainment; retail services and supplies; and auto-related services.  Applicants took a variety of actions to save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions including installing compact fluorescent lights or solar panels; supporting carpooling; reducing waste and water consumption, telecommuting and moving office locations to reduce transportation emissions; developing business-specific climate action plans; and incentivizing climate-friendly behavior with employee award programs.

Bowman Design Group

Visit: http://www.bowmandesigngroup.com/index.php
Business of the Year

Bowman Design Group is a small exhibition design firm. Key climate friendly actions that Bowman is being recognized for include conducting a greenhouse gas inventory through membership in the Climate Registry; writing and following a company-wide sustainability plan; reducing total greenhouse gas emissions by 65% (2006-2008); and demonstrating corresponding cost-savings, e.g. 30% reduction in electricity costs annually.

Diamond D. General Engineering

Visit: http://www.ddge.net/
Business of the Year

Diamond D General Engineering, Inc. has built a reputation for innovative solutions to challenging problems and projects. Key climate friendly actions that Diamond D is being recognized for include going paperless for all project documents; implementing recycling policies on all applicable job sites; and purchasing and renting more energy efficient equipment (i.e. Tier 1, 2 and 3). Together, these actions reduced Diamond D’s greenhouse gas emissions by 350 tons per year.

Ecology Action

Visit: http://www.ecoact.org/
Business of the Year

Ecology Action is a nonprofit environmental consultancy delivering cutting edge educational services, technical assistance and program implementation to assist individuals, businesses and governments to maximize environmental quality and community well-being. Key climate friendly actions that Ecology Action is being recognized for include drafting an internal Climate Action Plan with recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and for their internal waste reduction, energy efficiency and employee education programs. Efforts in 2008 resulted in a reduction of the office’s carbon footprint by 12.5 tons.

High Tech High Chula Vista

Visit: http://www.hightechhigh.org/schools/HTHCV/
Business of the Year

High Tech High is the newest high school in the High Tech High cadre of public charter schools. Key climate friendly actions that High Tech High is being recognized for include the installation of a 101 kilowatt photovoltaic system that provides renewable energy to the building and offsets 64% of the building’s energy use; providing “efficient fuel vehicle parking spaces” and encouraging carpooling among teens; implementing practices to qualify for LEED GOLD school certification; and providing community tours of the school to highlight environmental features.

Irwindale Chamber of Commerce

Visit: http://www.irwindalechamber.org/
Business of the Year

The Irwindale Chamber of Commerce helps build relationships and provide services that support businesses and chamber members. Key climate-friendly actions that the Irwindale Chamber is being recognized for include significant reduction and reuse of paper since January 2008 (including increased use of scanning/email/phone instead of paper communication and additional paper reuses); installed water cooler to reduce plastic water bottle use; and purchased EnergyStar office appliances.

Numi Organic Tea

Visit: http://www.numitea.com/
Business of the Year

From its inception, Numi Organic Tea committed to operating a sustainable business through ethical sourcing, ecological packaging and core values that support the health of people and the planet. Key climate friendly actions that Numi is being recognized for include their commitment to sustainable packaging; ongoing waste reduction efforts; and partnership with Environmental Defense to develop an “eco-audit” printed on all cardboard tea boxes. Together, these actions reduced Numi’s greenhouse gas emissions by 235 tons per year.

Rent a Green Box

Visit: http://www.rentagreenbox.com/
Business of the Year

Rent a Green Box is changing the way America packs and moves by using the first comprehensive zero waste packing and moving system in America made from 100% recycled post-consumer trash. Key climate friendly actions that Rent A Green Box is being recognized for include a company fleet comprised of 100% bio-fueled trucks that minimize miles traveled; innovative strategies to promote green employee practices; and impressive communication strategies including over four million RSS feeds and blog readers, appearances on 47 TV shows and 2,000 print articles. Efforts in 2008 resulted in a reduction of the office’s carbon footprint by 160 tons.

Spirit Graphics and Printing, Inc.

Visit: http://www.sgink.net/
Business of the Year

The award-winning green essentials environmental printing program developed by Spirit Graphics not only helps them take better care of the earth, but affords their clients the opportunity to do the same. Key climate friendly actions that Spirit Graphics is being recognized for include relocating their facility closer to employees’ homes; recycling 100% of their aluminum press plates and 90% of their paper waste; and clearly marketing their green philosophy on their electronic and print materials. By relocating their facility alone, Spirit Graphics reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 tons per year.

Arya Cleaners

Visit: http://www.aryacleaners.com/
Climate Leader

Sustainable award-winning dry cleaner with numerous green internal practices, staff education and training, and customer services that benefit the community.

Blue Oak Energy

Visit: http://www.blueoakenergy.com/
Climate Leader

Renewable energy provider with a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through a variety of practices including product choice, renewable energy use, and contributing to community outreach.

BlueStar Refreshment Services

Visit: http://www.bluestarvending.com/
Climate Leader

Office refreshment services company that has made great strides to reduce their environmental impact through recycling, re-use, and energy efficient cooling technology.

CenterStone Communities

Visit: http://www.centerstone.com/
Climate Leader

Real estate development company committed to designing homes that are more efficient and gentler on the environment.

Cool The Earth

Visit: http://www.cooltheearth.org/
Climate Leader

Organization whose mission is to educate children and families about climate change and motivate them to take simple, measurable actions to reduce carbon emissions at home.

El Primero Boutique B&B Hotel

Visit: http://elprimerohotel.com/
Climate Leader

Award-winning hotel that instituted a policy for wide-ranging internal green initiatives and practices.

Hesperian Cleaners, Inc.

Visit: http://www.hesperiancleaners.com/
Climate Leader

Dry cleaner that converted to a wet cleaning system and educates others on same technology.

Lafitte Cork and Capsule

Visit: http://www.lafitte-usa.com/
Climate Leader

Production facility that went solar, adopted energy efficiency and sustainability practices for office operations and promotes environmentally-friendly purchasing practices.

Meridian Pacific, Inc.

Visit: http://www.meridianhq.com/
Climate Leader

Campaign management firm that employs policies, practices and management decisions to address climate change and environmental responsibility.

Old Town Trolley Tours

Visit: http://www.trolleytours.com/san-diego/
Climate Leader

Provides sight-seeing tours in vehicles powered by alternative fuels (financed by on-billfinancing), completed a complete lighting retrofit of their facility and promotes green employee practices.

Premier Auto Tops and Interiors

Visit: http://premierupholstery.com/
Climate Leader

Upholstery company that reduced its environmental impact through increased insulation, energy efficiency, recycling and product re-use.

Public Policy Institute of California

Visit: http://www.ppic.org/main/home.asp
Climate Leader

Organization built their business to be LEED/Energy Star, adopted sustainability business practices for office operations, and promotes alternative transportation.

Puroast Low Acid Coffee

Visit: http://www.puroast.com/
Climate Leader

Energy efficient coffee roaster that uses renewable walnut shells as the roasting fuel.

Resource Solutions Group

Visit: http://www.rsgrp.com/
Climate Leader

Consulting firm that adopted a suite of sustainability practices for office operations and promotes environmentally-friendly practices to customers.

San Diego Office Interiors

Visit: http://www.sdoi.com/
Climate Leader

Full-service firm that designs and builds commercial office interiors committed to sustainable design and construction practices and conducts outreach to customers.

Savory and Sweet Catering

Visit: http://www.savoryandsweet.com/
Climate Leader

Catering firm that implemented energy efficiency practices as well as recycling and transportation policies to reduce their climate impact.

Sustainable Silicon Valley

Visit: http://www.sustainablesiliconvalley.org/
Climate Leader

Award-winning organization committed to basic environmentally sustainable business practices for themselves and their members.

The Living Christmas Company

Visit: http://livingchristmas.com/
Climate Leader

Rents and delivers living trees to keep the holiday green and environmental.

Waldeck's Office Supplies For a Small Planet

Visit: http://www.waldecks.com/
Climate Leader

“Green” office supply firm that adopted sustainability practices for office operations and product delivery, and communicates information about climate change.