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Mayor's "Green Business Leader" Recognition Awards

Mayor Pat Burt Recognizes Top Performing Buildings

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

Mayor Burt honored eight companies for their leadership in energy efficient building management at the City Council meeting on April 4th. Thirty buildings totaling over 2.3 million square feet of office space qualified for the 4th Annual Mayor’s Green Business Leader Award.

Very efficient buildings can become ENERGY STAR certified facilities. ENERGY STAR certified buildings on average use 35% less energy and are responsible for 35% less greenhouse gas emissions. In Palo Alto, for those buildings that received ENERGY STAR certification in the last year, we consider you to be a 2015 Green Business Leader. Visit us on Facebook to view an album of this year's award winners.


  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise at 3000 Hanover Street- a half million square foot building- that’s a lot of efficiency! This is their second Green Business Leader award.
  • Hudson Pacific Properties for their buildings at 2100 and 2200 Geng Road and their buildings at Clocktower Square: 600 and 660 Hansen Way.
  • The International School of the Peninsula at 151 Laurel Lane. This is the third year they have received this award.
  • Palo Alto Unified School District. Fourteen schools earned energy start certification- a great team effort- some of these buildings are almost 100 years old!
  • SAP and Orchard Commercial for their returning buildings at 3450 Hillview Ave., a three time winner, and 3412 Hillview Ave., a two time winner, and two new winners at 3460 Hillview Ave., and 3475 Deer Creek Road.
  • Stanford Real Estate for their properties at 3200 and 3210 Porter Drive and 975 Page Mill Road . This is their fourth time receiving an Energy Star rating and Green Business Leader Award for 3210 Porter and the third time for 975 Page Mill Road- 3200 Porter Drive is a first time winner.
  • Union Bank at 400 University Ave. This is the second Green Business leader award for Union Bank. The building is fifty years old- retaining its charming brick and ivy exterior while maintaining modern, energy efficient systems.
  • Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati for their buildings at 601 California Ave. and 650 Page Mill Road. This is the fourth Green Business Award for both buildings. 601 California Ave. is an eight time Energy Star rated building and for 650 Page Mill it is the 9th time.

Congratulations to all of the Award Winners!

2014/Previous Award Winners:

  • 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.

Last Updated April 6, 2016