Acterra’s 2007 Business Environmental Awards Honor “Green” Business Practices Around the Bay Area

  • May 21st, 2007

    For Immediate Release

    iReuse receives competitive environmental award

    PALO ALTO, May 21, 2007 — Acterra today announced the winners of the prestigious 2007 Business Environmental Awards, identifying eleven companies and organizations who have demonstrated extraordinary environmental leadership from among this year’s highly competitive field of Bay Area enterprises. In a sign of the growing corporate “greening” trend that has taken root nationally and is being led by businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, the number of regional applicants competing for Acterra’s coveted Business Environmental Awards more than doubled this year.

    iReuse of San Rafael won an Environmental Enterprise award for creating a cost effective, environmentally friendly and socially responsible process for the sale, donation, reuse, recycling, and removal of surplus items. iReuse, led by Ken Kurtzig, has diverted more than a million pounds of waste, eliminating 2400 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, saving commercial clients over $500,000, and providing iReuse’s nonprofit partners with in-kind donations worth more than two million dollars.

    During the rigorous three-month judging process which involved more than 25 regional environmental and sustainability experts, over 50 competitors showcased their environmental innovations in six categories including sustainability; sustainable built environment; environmental & sustainability education; environmental enterprise; commute and transportation, and pollution prevention/resource conservation.

    “Acterra is thrilled with the quantity and caliber of applicants to the 2007 Business Environmental Awards,” remarked Laura Teksler, Chair of the Awards. “Clearly there are many leaders in our business community who are finding solutions that are both environmentally and economically sustainable. All the applicants are worthy of recognition.”

    The eleven winners will be honored at a ceremony on June 7, 2007 at 5:30 PM at Symantec Corporation, 350 Ellis St. Mountain View.

    2007 BEA Winners County Award Category
    Stanford Dining Santa Clara Acterra Award for Sustainability
    Genentech, Inc. San Mateo Commute & Transportation
    iReuse Marin Environmental Enterprise
    Green Citizen, Inc. Santa Clara Environmental Enterprise
    Marin Farmers’ Market Association Marin Environmental & Sustainability Education
    Sun Light and Power Alameda Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation: Small Company
    Farella Braun + Martel LLP San Francisco Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation: Medium Company
    Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group San Francisco Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation: Large Company
    Applied Materials Santa Clara Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation: Special Project
    Adobe Systems, Inc. Santa Clara Sustainable Built Environment
    Earth Bound Homes Santa Clara Sustainable Built Environment (special commendation)

    Since 1990 Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards program has recognized over one hundred Bay Area businesses, governments, and academic and nonprofit organizations for excellence in environmental leadership. Winners, who have in the past included Apple, HP, Roche-Palo Alto, and Sun Microsystems, have made improvements in their operations that significantly reduce their environmental impacts, thereby benefiting all Bay Area residents.

    About Acterra

    Acterra is a Bay Area non-profit with a 37-year history of innovation in bringing people together to address environmental challenges and create local and regional solutions that foster a healthy natural environment. Acterra’s programs offer ways for community members and businesses to take action against global warming, to restore native
    habitats, and to educate and cultivate environmental leaders for the future. For more information visit


    Download: Acterra and iReuse Press Release, May 21, 2007


    Ken or 415-332-9977

    Laura Teksler, Awards Chair, Acterra, or 650-854-7227

    Ariane Erickson, Program Manager, Acterra, or 650-962-9876 x350

    Jennifer Kane, or 650-962-9876 x349

    Michael Closson, Executive Director, or 650-962-9876 x303