Bowman Design Group has earned a Small Business of the Year award for its green initiatives, which resulted in the reduction of the firm’s greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent in just two years. The CoolCalifornia Small Business Award Program, in its inaugural year, is administered by the California Air Resources Board.
Judges selected Bowman Design Group for its comprehensive green business plan, awarding just five Small Business of the Year awards to a field of more than 120 entries.
“Companies like Bowman Design Group are climate leaders in California,” said La Ronda Bowen, ARB’s small business ombudsman. “By taking common sense actions to save energy and reduce waste they show millions of other small businesses how to reduce their carbon footprint – and save money.”
Tom Bowman, president of Bowman Design Group, pointed out the firm’s sustainability efforts paid for themselves in less than two years and produce ongoing financial benefits with annual savings of about $5,000. Bowman says reducing emissions does not require exotic technology or expensive consultants.
“The business case for going green is stronger than most business owners think,” he said. “For many small companies reducing emissions simply means eliminating the wasted energy that we take for granted and pay for every day.”