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Mayor's "Green Business Leader" Recognition Awards

Mayor Greg Scharff Recognizes Local Businesses with Green Leader Award for 2016 Accomplishments

Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff honored two property management companies for their leadership in energy efficient building management at the March 6th City Council meeting. Eleven buildings in Palo Alto qualified for the 5th Annual Mayor’s Green Business Leader Award. This award is given to Palo Alto business owners and property managers who have worked hard to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and received ENERGY STAR certification.

“The City of Palo Alto supports energy efficiency and sustainability for all of our residents and businesses,” said Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff. “City Council initiated this awards program to recognize and reward local businesses that not only talk the talk, but walk the walk in supporting our community environmental goals.”

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.

“Businesses that receive this award set a great example for environmental leadership in our City,” said Ed Shikada, assistant city manager and Utilities general manager. “By reducing their facilities’ energy use, these building managers are helping contribute to the overall success of our community’s sustainability and climate action goals. We recognize these business leaders for their achievements and applaud them for their efforts.”

The City offers a variety of services to assist businesses with energy and water use efficiency, including facility audits and financial incentives for efficiency improvement upgrades. In addition to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, these businesses will benefit from utility efficiency savings.

The 2016 Green Business Leader Recognition Award winners include:

• Hudson Pacific Properties for their buildings at 620 Hansen Way, 630 Hansen Way, 3400 Hillview Avenue, 2100 Geng Road, 2200 Geng Road, 2300 Geng Road, and Palo Alto Square (Building 5).

• Stanford Real Estate for their properties at 3210 Porter Drive, 975 Page Mill Road, and 3200 Hillview Avenue.

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. 

Congratulations to all of the Award Winners! 

Previous Year (2015) 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.
  • Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015