Eight Palo Alto businesses will receive the 4th annual Mayor's Green Business Leader Award for their efforts in improving building energy efficiency, according to a press release from the city.
"Through improving the energy efficiency of their buildings, these business owners and managers are not only helping Palo Alto reduce overall energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions, they are also saving money on utility costs, which benefits the bottom line of their business operations," Mayor Pat Burt said in a statement.
The winners will receive a plaque from Burt and will be featured in various city promotions, according to the city press release.
The 2015 winners include:
Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise, at 3000 Hanover St.
The International School of the Peninsula, at 151 Laurel Lane.
The Palo Alto Unified School District. Fourteen schools earned energy-start certification.
Union Bank at 400 University Ave.
The 30 buildings total over 2.3 million square feet of office space, according to the city.
Eligibility for receiving the Green Leader award is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star benchmarking process. More information on the benchmarking process can be found here. The City awards businesses that receive an Energy Star score of 75 or higher within the past year, according to the city.