Mayor's "Green Leader" Business Recognition Awards
Mayor Greg Scharff announces that six companies are being awarded the City of Palo Alto “Green Leader” Business Recognition Awards program and one entity received a Green Business Leader Special Achievement Award. This annual program honors and promotes those Palo Alto companies who have made major strides in improving their building(s) energy efficiency. Awards were presented to the companies at the November 4 City Council meeting at Palo Alto City Hall.
The criteria for receiving this award comes from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® benchmarking process called Portfolio Manager. The City recognizes all businesses that received an ENERGY STAR®-certified benchmark score of 75 or higher within the past 12 months and gives the “gold award” to those facilities achieving scores of 90 and above. Businesses that achieve the Energy Star certification will get a special plaque from the Mayor and be featured in paid advertisements and as well as on the City website. Of course, all these companies---just like any business that implements energy efficiency improvements---will get a reward on their bottom line!
The buildings and business owners that received awards are as follow: • Union Bank for their Palo Alto Main Office located at 400 University Ave. This is the second time this building has received an ENERGY STAR rating, its first was in 2010. • International School of the Peninsula located at 151 Laurel Lane. This is the second year in a row they received an Energy Star certification. This year's score was 83, up eight points from last year. • HP for their World Headquarters located at 3000 Hanover. This building represents nearly 500,000 square feet of efficient building and includes their newly opened LEED platinum Executive Brief Center.
Our next three recipients all have two buildings each that have qualified: • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati for their buildings at 601 California and 650 Page Mill Road. 601 They received the Green Business Leader Award for both buildings last year. 601 California is a six time Energy Star rated building and 650 Page Mill Road has received an Energy Star rating seven times. • Stanford real Estate for their properties at 3210 Porter Drive and 975 Page Mill Road. This is their second time receiving an Energy Star rating and Green Business Leader Award for 3210 Porter and the first time for 975 Page Mill Road. • CM Capital, owners of the Tasso Street Building at 435 Tasso Street and the Palo Alto Office Center at 525 University. Both buildings have received their Energy Star rating six times and this is their second Green Business Leader Award. The Palo Alto Office Center received an Energy Star rating score of 93, which qualifies it for our Gold Level Status.
The next winner received a special Green Leader Business Special Achievement Award from the City due to its extraordinary achievement: • The Palo Alto Unified School District. PAUSD received special recognition from the EPA as a "Leaders Top Performer." This level of recognition is achieved when the average of the whole portfolio of buildings is rated at 75 or higher.
Palo Alto is a town that highly values sustainability, and we are committed to assisting local businesses to upgrade their buildings and reap the rewards of greater energy efficiency. If a business earns a Green Leader recognition award that is icing on the cake. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RECEIVING AN AWARD?
All award recipients are publicly honored at the City Council meeting as well as being named in a press release about the recognition awards. Recipients are also given a framed Certificate of Achievement to display.
Businesses with buildings that exceed 90 points, in addition to the items mentioned above, also are presented with a “Green Leader” award plaque by the Mayor and are highlighted in paid local newspaper advertisements as “Green Leaders.” Additionally, these businesses are featured on the Utilities website.
IF I DIDN’T QUALIFY THIS YEAR, WHAT CAN I DO TO BE ELIGIBLE IN 2014?
To assist businesses who would like to cash in on the benefits of efficiency improvements but aren’t sure how, the City Utilities Department offers a number of programs and services, including: