Small Business Awards Program
Application period for the 4th Year Award Program ended on November 15, 2013. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners!
The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program recognizes California small businesses that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promote climate and environmentally friendly practices, and integrate the tools on CoolCalifornia.org into their business operations.
There are two award categories:
• CoolCalifornia Small Business of the Year Award: Awarded to California small businesses that have demonstrated measurable reductions in their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and documented the costs and benefits of their actions by using tools such as the CoolCalifornia carbon calculator. Examples include energy savings and/or cost savings (documented by utility bills), investments in clean/renewable energy (and calculated return on investment), major process/operational improvements, and the purchase of environmentally preferable products such as electric/hybrid vehicles (fuel savings, GHG emission reduction, etc.).
• CoolCalifornia Climate Leader Award: Awarded to California small businesses that were proactive in reducing their environmental impacts. Climate Leaders will have described the specific actions taken to achieve the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (changed lighting; implemented recycling programs; purchased environmentally preferable products; increased weatherization; educated employees, customers, or the public) but may not be able to quantify the majority of their GHG reductions or cost savings.