Small Business Awards

We are open for business!  We are now accepting applications for the 7th CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program.  The deadline to submit an application is November 7, 2016.

Since 2009 this awards program has recognized leadership and innovation among small businesses in California that have taken action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promoted climate friendly practices, and integrated sustainability throughout their operations.  Many have demonstrated measurable greenhouse gas reductions, documented their cost savings, or acknowledged other benefits from the actions taken.  To learn more about our previous winners, check out our success stories.

Before you begin filling out an application, please click on the tabs at the top of this page or download the Application Guide to learn about eligibility, the awards selection process, and available resources.

You can apply for an award in two ways:

  1. You can use the online application form (see the “Apply Now” button), answer the questions, upload supporting information, and hit the “Submit Application” button at the bottom of the form.  Once you do so, your answers cannot be changed.  Because your answers cannot be saved if you click away from the application page, please take some time to review the questions prior to filling out the form. 
  2. Or, you can download the PDF application form, save it to  your computer, answer the questions over a period of time, and email or post mail the completed form as stated in the included instructions. 

Applications will be scored on a 50 point scale.  Point totals are indicated in each section of the application.

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Contact us  if you have any questions.

online application form


Watch the video series on our Small Business Awards on Youtube