Mayor's "Green Leader" Business Recognition Awards
Mayor Yiaway Yeh announces that seven companies with 25 different building locations are being awarded the new City of Palo Alto “Green Leader” Business Recognition Awards program. 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 October 1 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. The City recognizes all businesses with an ENERGY STAR®-certified benchmark score of 75 or higher within the past two years and gives the “gold award” to those facilities achieving scores of 90 and above. Businesses that achieve the higher scores 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: • SAP for its building at 3412 Hillview Avenue. This is the first time this building has received an ENERGY STAR rating and its current score is an 87. • Stanford Real Estate for its property at 3210 Porter Drive. This is also its first time receiving an Energy Star rating with a score of 87. • Our next three recipients all have two buildings each that have qualified: o Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati is recognized for its buildings at 601 California and 650 Page Mill Road. 601 California is a five times Energy Star rated building and has a current score of 87. 650 Page Mill Road has received an Energy Star rating six times and has a current rating of 93 which qualifies them for the Gold Level status. o 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 5 times, with the Tasso Street Building receiving a score of 88. The Palo Alto Office Center received a score of 90, which qualifies it for the Gold Level status. o Stevens Development Company is recognized for two buildings: one building has the double address of 101 University/444 High and is a first time Energy Star rated building with a score of 76. This building also received an award for being a Certified Carbon Free building. The second building is located at 125 University and is a first time ENERGY STAR rated building with a score of 98, which qualifies it for the Gold Level rating. • The two award winners both have their applications in with the EPA at this moment, and the City is confident that they will be certified in the next few days. They are being recognized in advance of the ENERGY STAR rating. o The International School of the Peninsula is located at 151 Laura Lane and received an Energy Star rating for the first time with an expected score of 76. o The Palo Alto Unified School District has submitted an application with the EPA for 16 sites. Ten of these sites are expected to receive ratings above 90 points, and two sites have been submitted to the EPA with scores of 100.
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 2013?
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: