The 4th Annual CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program recognizes California small businesses that reduced their greenhouse gas emissions, promoted climate and environmentally friendly practices, and integrated the tools on CoolCalifornia.org into their business operations during 2012-2013. The application deadline is November 1, 2013 and winners will be announced in January 2014.
There are two award categories:
• CoolCalifornia Small Business of the Year Award: Awarded to California small businesses that have demonstrated measurable reductions in their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and documented the costs and benefits of their actions by using tools such as the CoolCalifornia carbon calculator. Examples include energy savings and/or cost savings (documented by utility bills), investments in clean/renewable energy (and calculated return on investment), major process/operational improvements, and the purchase of environmentally preferable products such as electric/hybrid vehicles (fuel savings, GHG emission reduction, etc.).
• CoolCalifornia Climate Leader Award: Awarded to California small businesses that were proactive in reducing their environmental impacts. Climate Leaders will have described the specific actions taken to achieve the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (changed lighting; implemented recycling programs; purchased environmentally preferable products; increased weatherization; educated employees, customers, or the public) but may not be able to quantify the majority of their GHG reductions or cost savings.
For more information about CoolCalifornia or the CoolCalifornia Small Business Toolkit, visit CoolCalifornia.org/small-business.