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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.

California Budget and Ag Land

However you feel about subsidies, raising beef, tax cuts, you should take a look at the Williamson Act it provides protection and tax incentives for saving our state’s agricultural heritage.
IT IS BEING REVIEWED NOW… during our budget deficit.

If this protection is taken away, then many ranchers will divide up their plots making them easier for housing and other uses. It is essential to keep our agricultural land, we provide food for the United States as a whole, the ag land also provides habitat for many species of bird, fish, amphibian, lizards and plants. For example, if one of the big ranches of say  7000 acres is  broken is to 10 pieces a few of them will be developed as residential, that land is then LOST  for open space, high speed rail, parks, and so many other beneficial uses. Our population is changing, our work/play patterns are shifting, let’s not close down huge options we will need in the future.  This is NOT an issue that will just affect growers and grazers, ask anyone who is planning on high speed rail in this state.  OPEN LAND = OPTIONS.

The agricultural land is important not only because it feeds us but also because it allows us to make choices in use.  We want to be independent, self sustaining and strong as a state, we must keep our agricultural lands and ranches protected.