Central San has identified four local businesses as shining examples of environmental stewardship, and will present each with a Pollution Prevention Award at Sustainable Contra Costa’s annual Leadership in Sustainability & Green Building Awards Gala on September 21:
Barrelista Coffee House & Café, 736 Main St., Martinez
They have dramatically reduced waste by using compostable food trays, cutlery and cups, and by serving iced espresso drinks in mason jars which customers can keep and reuse.
Kee’s Auto Body, 2171 Monument Blvd., Concord
They are conserving precious water resources by eliminating wet sanding and using wax in lieu of water to wash cars.
Mike’s Auto Body, 2140 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Their recycling system for washing cars saves valuable water, and they are conserving energy with new, highly efficient lighting.
Walnut Creek Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, 2404 N. Main St.,
They use a resourceful drainage piping system that greatly reduces spills while automatically transferring waste fluids (such as motor oil) to storage tanks, and have installed more energy-efficient lighting.
We love honoring local businesses like these that take extraordinary steps to safeguard the environment! Whether coffee shops, auto body shops, or car dealers, they are going above and beyond by recycling, reducing waste, conserving resources, and taking other actions to prevent water pollution in our area. We applaud this year’s award winners, and all businesses that make protecting the environment a top priority!
We present our Pollution Prevention Awards each year during National Pollution Prevention Week. Since initiating the program in 1992, we have recognized more than 100 environmentally friendly local businesses.