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Mayor's "Green Leader" Business Recognition Awards


Mayor Karen Holman Recognizes Top Performing Buildings


The City of Palo Alto Mayor's "Green Leader" Business Awards program recognizes and promotes Palo Alto companies who have made major strides in improving building energy efficiency.

Mayor Karen Holman honored four companies for their leadership in energy efficient building management at a special City Council meeting on February 23. Six buildings totaling over a half million square feet of office space qualified for the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Green Leader Business  Award. 



THE 2014 GREEN LEADER BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARD WINNERS ARE:

  • CM Capital, owners of the Tasso Street Building at 435 Tasso Street - has received an ENERGY STAR rating seven times and is being awarded the Green Business Leader Award for the third time.  
  • SAP, Invesco Real Estate Advisors, Inc. and Orchard Commercial, Inc. - 3450 Hillview Avenue. This is the second year in a row that this building has received an ENERGY STAR certification.
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati - 601 California and 650 Page Mill Road. This is the third time the law firm is receiving the Green Business Leader Award for both buildings in Palo Alto. 601 California has received an ENERGY STAR rating seven times and 650 Page Mill Road has received an ENERGY STAR rating eight times.
  • Stanford Real Estate - 3210 Porter Drive and 975 Page Mill Road. This is their third time receiving an ENERGY STAR rating and Green Business Leader Award for 3210 Porter and the second time for 975 Page Mill Road. The 3210 Porter building was built over 50 years ago and received a rating of 91, the highest of all award recipients, qualifying it as our only Gold Level Award winner this year.


Palo Alto is a city that highly values sustainability, and we are committed to assisting local businesses reap the rewards of greater energy efficiency through equipment upgrades and building retrofits. If a business earns a Green Leader recognition, that is icing on the cake.


Congratulations to all award winners, who, in addition to gaining recognition, will benefit from efficiency savings. We thank them for helping Palo Alto achieve its goal of being one of the greenest cities in America.


CRITERIA FOR RECEIVING A GREEN LEADER BUSINESS AWARD:

Eligibility for receiving the Green Leader award is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® benchmarking process. Through EPA Portfolio Manager, businesses can track their building energy use and compare it to similar buildings as a benchmark of efficiency.

The City awards businesses that receive an ENERGY STAR® score of 75 or higher within the past year. A special “Gold Level” Award is given to facilities achieving scores of 90 and above. 

Of course, all these companies---just like any business that implements energy efficiency improvements---will get a reward on their bottom line!


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RECEIVING AN AWARD?

  • All award recipients are publicly honored at a special City Council meeting as well as named in a press release about the recognition awards.
  • Recipients are given a framed Certificate of Achievement to display and are recognized in various City promotions.
  • Businesses with buildings that exceed 90 points, in addition to the items mentioned above, also are presented with a “Gold Level” recognition.


IF I DIDN’T QUALIFY THIS YEAR, WHAT CAN I DO TO BE ELIGIBLE IN FUTURE YEARS?

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:


LAST YEAR'S AWARD RECIPIENTS

Last year, Mayor Greg Scharff recognized six companies with the City of Palo Alto “Green Leader” Business Recognition Awards program and one entity with a Green Business Leader Special Achievement Award.

The buildings and business owners that received awards last year are:
  • 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. 

These three recipients all have two buildings that qualified for an award:     

  • 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.

This 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.

Last Updated February 24, 2015