Palo Alto, CA – Palo Alto businesses will be recognized for their "green" efforts at a City Hall reception Monday, December 3, 2007 at 5:45 p.m. The public is invited. The Mayor and City Council will honor 21 businesses that have recently achieved certification or recertification by the Bay Area Green Business Program for their efforts to operate in an environmentally responsible manner.
"The City of Palo Alto is proud to honor so many Palo Alto Green Businesses this year. They lead the way in making the many small changes needed to make our world sustainable for future generations," stated Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto.
To qualify and maintain certification, an organization undergoes an operational assessment to verify that it complies with all environmental regulations, meets general "green" standard practices, and actively takes measures beyond compliance in four areas: Water Conservation, Pollution Prevention, Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling, and Energy Conservation. "Green" measures the Palo Alto businesses implemented are as varied as the industry they represent and include planting of drought resistant landscaping, installation of low-flow water fixtures, changing packaging practices to increase recyclability, substituting aerosol-based products with pump-based products, replacing worn carpet with stained concrete floors, composting food scraps on site, eliminating disposables from lunchrooms, retrofitting and reducing the number of lighting fixtures, use of reusable shipping containers, practicing less toxic pest control methods, changing janitorial cleaning products and purchasing electric vehicles.
The following businesses will be acknowledged for demonstrating their commitment to protecting the environment:
- Butterfly Life
- Candace Kistner State Farm Insurance
- Castilleja School
- Globallinx Network
- Green Java
- Guckenheimer Food Service, Roche Palo Alto
- Kasler Law, LLC
- Midpeninsula Community Media Center
- Minerva Consulting
- My Gym
- Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
- Robert McMillen and Associates
- UPS Store
- World Centric
- City of Palo Alto
- Common Ground
- Palo Alto Hardware
- Park Avenue Motors
- Stanford Terrace Inn
The Bay Area Green Business Program was developed by Bay Area local governments in collaboration with US EPA, Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control and the business community. The Association of Bay Area Governments coordinates the Program, which is implemented by Green Business Coordinators in the nine Bay Area counties. The City of Palo Alto partners with Santa Clara County to provide funding, technical assistance and programs to Palo Alto businesses in support of the Green Business Program. Over 1,000 businesses and public agencies have been certified by the Program since 1997. Businesses in over 20 different industries, including auto repair shops, printers, hotels, restaurants, landscapers, wineries, janitorial and laundry services, grocery and retail stores, home remodelers, attorneys, architects, engineers and not-for-profit organizations are eligible for the Program and there is no cost for certification. Visit www.greenbiz.abag.ca.gov for additional information.