The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program recognizes California businesses that have made notable, voluntary achievements in reducing their climate impact.
The 13 award winners 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. 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. Our winners promote sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship by participating in community events, distributing green tips or articles through their newsletters, speaking at conferences, teaching, using social media, and engaging their employees.