Energy efficiency award for two Santa Rosa companies
Two local businesses – Easy Breezy Car Wash in Santa Rosa and Oliver’s Market in Santa Rosa – won awards for their fuel efficiency innovations and savings in a statewide challenge.
The California Green Business Network, in partnership with Energy Upgrade California, sponsored the challenge to recognize certified green companies for their efforts in efficiency and sustainability, awarding $ 500 to each winner. Applicants were required to submit stories about their energy efficiency journeys. More than 40 nominations were submitted statewide and these two local companies were the only winners.
âIt’s great to see Sonoma County companies recognized for their environmental efforts at the state level,â said Jane Elias, Director of Energy and Sustainability. âCertifying their businesses shows their commitment to addressing the elements of energy, water, waste and pollution prevention holistically. “
Easy Breezy Car Wash received the âMost Innovativeâ award. Instead of demolishing the 50-year-old building on site, the owners of the Santa Rosa Company turned it into a state-of-the-art car wash tunnel. They incorporated permeable concrete and native drought-resistant landscaping. They’ve also installed motion-sensing lighting and variable-frequency drives for their electric motors, and they’re reusing the waste heat to help dry the cars. Easy Breezy obtained its Green Business certification in January 2021.
Meanwhile, Oliver’s Market received the âMore Savingsâ award. In 2018, Oliver’s made a significant change to its offices by installing a 60-kilowatt 169-panel solar system. Over the next few years, the company upgraded all lighting at three of its sites to LEDs. Oliver’s head office solar system offsets about 86,921 kilowatts of electricity per year, enough to power eight homes each year. Its LED lighting retrofits save a total of 256,875 kWh per year company-wide. Oliver’s obtained its Green Business certification in February 2016.
âTackling climate change effectively is a community effort,â said Lynda Hopkins, Chairman of the Board. âI am proud of the decision of these two organizations to operate in a more conscious manner and applaud their well-deserved recognition.
Sonoma County Green Business certification is part of the California Green Business Network, whose mission is to help businesses operate sustainably and profitably. The county’s general service department, division of energy and sustainability administers the county’s certification program, which helps businesses that choose to go through the process of going “green.” To be certified, participants must meet all environmental regulations and meet the program’s standards for saving water, energy, pollution prevention, waste reduction, and implementing best practices. The division offers this certification at no cost and companies must renew their certification every four years. To learn more about certification, visit https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/General-Services/Energy-and-Sustainability/Green-Business-Certification/