Schwarzenegger announces winner
of annual environmental award
By Jason Bennert
November 20, 2007
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the 2007 winners
of the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards
including a number of Bay Area companies and organizations.
The awards are presented annually by the California Environmental
Protection Agency to companies and non-profits who make "notable,
voluntary contributions to conserving California's precious resources,
protecting and enhancing our environment, and building public-private
"I'm proud to honor this year's award recipients for their
sustained commitment, innovative solutions and strategic investment
to protect our environment and boost our economy,'' Schwarzenegger
said in a statement. "California's long history of environmental
leadership is due in large part to the companies and organizations
that demonstrate a strong commitment to preserving our natural
The award winners include San Jose-based Adobe Systems Inc. The
company reduced electricity use 37 percent, natural gas use 41
percent, domestic water use 22 percent and landscape irrigation
76 percent at its San Jose headquarters.
AAA of Northern California won for its Great Battery Roundup
recycling program, which has collected more than 32,000 toxic
car, motorcycle and boat batteries in the last five years keeping
thousands of tons of toxic substances out of local landfills.
San Jose-based Sustainable Silicon Valley, a partnership between
Silicon Valley companies and local governments, won for its Carbon
Dioxide Emissions Reduction Program, which has reduced emissions
by 517,000 tons as of 2006.
"SSV is appreciative of this award which recognizes the
environmental and economic success already achieved by the public-private
collaboration catalyzed by SSV,'' SSV Executive Director Rick
"There is so much more to do. Our business, government,
academic and non governmental partners look forward to other organizations
following their lead in joining us to assure that Silicon Valley
enjoys a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, and a socially
equitable community into the future.''
Other Northern California winners of the award include Monterey
County's Chartwell School and the Mendocino Wine Co. Statewide
companies Safeway, Kimpton Hotels and the California Dairy Quality
Assurance Program also won.
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