Palo Alto, CA – Mayor Yiaway Yeh is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the new City of Palo Alto “Green Leader” Business Recognition Awards program. This annual program will honor and promote those Palo Alto companies who have made major strides in improving their building(s) energy efficiency. Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2012 and the awards will be announced at a September meeting of the Palo Alto City Council.
The criteria for receiving this award is based on the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® benchmarking process. The City will recognize all businesses with an ENERGY STAR®-certified benchmark score of 75 or higher within the past two years and give special kudos to those businesses who achieve scores of 90 and above.
“We have many local businesses who are already leading the way with energy efficient buildings and, as a community, we want to recognize their significant efforts,” explained Mayor Yeh, adding “We are also hoping this awards program will help send a message to all companies in Palo Alto that saving money through improved energy efficiency is simply smart business.”
All businesses that qualify for the award will be publicly honored at a City Council ceremony in September and receive a Certificate of Achievement to display. Businesses that achieve the higher scores will get a special plaque from the Mayor and be featured in paid advertisements and as well as on the City website. Of course, all these companies---just like any business that implements energy efficiency improvements---will get a reward on their bottom line!
Companies whose buildings don’t currently qualify for an award but who are interested in improving their efficiency can take advantage of multiple City Utilities programs and services. To begin with, business owners and managers who are unfamiliar with how to use the federal Department of Energy’s interactive benchmarking tool (entitled Portfolio Manager) can attend a free training session offered on June 14, 2012. For class details and to find out how to register, visit the City website at www.cityofpaloalto.org/utilities
“Palo Alto is a town that highly values sustainability and so we are committed to assisting local businesses to upgrade their buildings and reap the rewards of greater energy efficiency. If a business earns a Green Leader recognition award that is icing on the cake,” notes City Manager James Keene.