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Stop Waste’s Business Efficiency Awards 2014

Jim Foley, Greater Bay Area region president at Wells Fargo and vice chair at the East Bay Economic Development Alliance addressed an audience of local leaders at Stop Waste’s Business Efficiency Awards 2014 held at Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, Calif.

The event, which was sponsored by Wells Fargo, recognized local businesses for their efforts to reduce waste and lead local environmental change. Each awardee had the chance to accept their award and briefly explain the reason behind the change.
Congratulations to the 2014 award winners!
Company City Award
America’s Best Coffee Roasting Company Oakland Waste Reduction Excellence in Food Processing
traX Berkeley Excellence in Eco Social Media Innovation
The Sacred Wheel Oakland Waste Reduction Excellence by a Restaurant
The Home Depot Several Waste Reduction Excellence by a Building Material Supplier
Kaiser Permanente  Livermore Waste Reduction Excellence in Commercial Property Management
South Shore Center Alameda Waste Reduction Excellence in Commercial Property Management
Carriage House Apartments Fremont Waste Reduction Excellence at a Multi-family Property
Reliance Metalcenter Union City Waste Reduction Excellence in Manufacturing
Recology Grover Environmental Products Several Excellence in Quality Compost Production
Republic Services Newby Island Compost Facility  Several Excellence in Quality Compost Production
WM EarthCare Several Excellence in Quality Compost Production
Zero Net Energy Center, IBEW and NECA Electrical Training San Leandro Energy Efficiency Excellence in Commercial Construction and Operations
About StopWaste
StopWaste is a public agency responsible for reducing the waste stream in Alameda County. They help cities, businesses, schools, and residents reduce waste through source reduction and recycling, market development, technical assistance and public education. Stop Waste’s vision is that by 2020, less than 10% of Alameda County’s trash will be readily recyclable or compostable. Check out their website, there are guides, info and events! – editor
Our commitment to our environment 
At Wells Fargo, we believe those of us who can, should lead positive environmental change and we embrace that responsibility. We foster and fund entrepreneurial ideas for new and emerging clean technologies with leading universities and incubator programs. We are investing in nonprofits focused on sustainable agriculture and forestry, land conservation and water resources, habitat and urban ecosystem restoration, green infrastructure, and environmental education.

The Importance of Wetlands

April 27, 2011  author: Cynthia Denny
Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems on earth. An immense variety of microbes, plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, and mammals need wetlands for part or all of their life cycles. More than 1/3 of all threatened and endangered species live only in wetlands and nearly half use wetlands at some time in their lives.
Wetlands can also surpass forests in carbon sequestration. Some types of marshes soak up thousands of tons of CO2 per acre every year. Wetlands clean contaminated water and guard against flooding. When wetlands are developed, CO2 is released into the atmosphere, exacerbating climate change. Restoring wetlands is one of the best ways of preserving the planet’s future.
Only 10% of California’s wetlands remain. Protection of the rest is critical.

**Reprinted by permission from the Yodler Newsletter and the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club.