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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 11/25/2008
Subject :

Palo Alto Businesses Recognized on December 1 for Going "Green"
Contact : Annette Puskarich, Zero Waste Coord., Public Works Department    650-496-5911
Lisa Rose, Green Business Coord., Santa Clara County Green Business Program    408-282-3166
Palo Alto, CA -- Palo Alto businesses will be recognized for their "green" efforts at City Hall Monday, December 1, 2008 at 6 p.m. The public is invited. The Mayor and City Council will honor 19 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.

"We applaud the leadership role these businesses have taken," stated Mayor Larry Klein. "Their lead by example approach illustrates that integrating environmental protection into their business model is not only good for the community, but their bottom line, too. The diversity of businesses achieving certification, from a hotel to a senior center, further illustrates the viability of considering the environment into the way we conduct business on a daily basis."

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 rating sustainable travel accommodations, planting of drought resistant landscaping, installation of low-flow water fixtures, changing vendor packaging practices to reduce packaging and increase recyclability, eliminating disposables from lunchrooms and onsite cafes, reducing paper usage, donating unwanted business materials to a reuse organization benefiting teachers, retrofitting and reducing the number of lighting fixtures, practicing less toxic pest control methods, and changing janitorial cleaning products. There are currently 43 Certified Green Businesses in Palo Alto.

The following businesses will be acknowledged for demonstrating their commitment to protecting the environment:


  • Avenidas
  • Biodegradable Professional Cleaning Corp.
  • Burr Pilger Mayer, LLP
  • Conexions: Partnerships for a Sustainable Future
  • Crowne Plaza Cabana - Palo Alto
  • EcoStrategy Group/Array Partners - Palo Alto
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
  • Insignia Environmental
  • Next 10
  • Ohlone Elementary School
  • Palo Alto Office Center
  • Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
  • Sense of Place
  • Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP
  • Stern Mortgage Company
  • Studley, Inc.
  • Telosa Software
  • Whole Travel

  • City of Palo Alto Print Shop
The Bay Area Green Business Program was developed by Bay Area local governments in collaboration with United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California 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 for additional information.