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2018 Austin Green Business Leaders Announced

33 local businesses recognized for sustainability efforts

Green business is good business, especially in Austin. Many local businesses are helping to protect the environment, reduce their carbon footprint, and make Austin a more livable place by reducing waste, using alternative transportation, conserving water and energy, offering employee health programs, and giving back to the community.

This year 33 businesses have been recognized for their commitment to sustainability as Austin Green Business Leaders, bringing the program total to 228 member businesses, representing more than 40,000 employees and 15 million square feet of office space.

“Austin Green Business Leaders walk the talk,” said Lucia Athens, the City of Austin’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “These businesses are stepping up by making operational decisions to help Austin in meeting targets for net-zero greenhouse gas emission, reducing traffic congestion, and achieving zero waste. They are true leaders that support a bright, green future for the entire Austin community.”

The program is open to companies of all sizes, including small, home-based businesses. In addition, the Austin Green Business Leaders program attracts organizations of all types, including corporate offices, restaurants, dry cleaners, grocery stores, architecture firms, florists, and high-tech companies. For a complete listing of the businesses in the program, go to: www.austingreenbusiness.com and look for the Austin Green Business Leaders logo in the windows of participating organizations:

The following organizations have been recognized as new and renewing 2018 Austin Green Business Leaders at the following achievement levels:

PLATINUM MEMBERS:
Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden
Ecological Estates LLC
Texas Green Realty
Texas Indie Solar
The Westin at the Domain

GOLD MEMBERS:
Changos Taqueria
CTA Architects Engineers
Earth Day ATX
Keep Texas Beautiful
Manuel’s
Western Facility Services Group
W&M Environmental Group

SILVER MEMBERS:
Brush and Color Eco Painting
Go Green Heating and Cooling LLC

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS:
AMD (Platinum)
Austin Creative Reuse (Platinum)
Baer Engineering & Environmental Consulting Inc. (Platinum)
CleaResult (Platinum)
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Platinum)
Dell (Platinum)
E3 Properties (Platinum)
Landmark Surveying, LP (Platinum)
Page (Platinum)
Samsung Semiconductor (Platinum)
The VORTEX (Platinum)
Wayside Schools (Platinum)
Austin Label Company (Gold)
DNHC Inc./Compost Coalition (Gold)
ERM Inc. (Gold)
Fuerte Fitness (Gold)
Habitat Suites (Gold)
MF Architecture (Gold)
USGS Texas Water Science Center (Silver)
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About Austin Green Business Leaders
The Austin Green Business Leaders program was created by the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability to support Austin businesses and their pursuit of sustainability. Green business means operating in a way that protects the environment, enhances the community, supports local culture, and maintains a healthy workplace. The Austin Green Business Leaders program has recognized 228 businesses for their sustainability efforts at Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels. Becoming a member is free; find out more about how to join at www.austingreenbusiness.com.

About the Office of Sustainability
The City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability was established in September 2010, when Lucia Athens, a leader in sustainability and green building, was hired as the Chief Sustainability Officer. The Office works to ensure a thriving, equitable, and ecologically resilient community by providing leadership, influencing positive action through engagement, and creating measurable benefits for Austin. The Office works to achieve net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a healthy and just local food system, resource efficient strategies for municipal operations, tangible projects that demonstrate sustainability, and a resilient and adaptive city. Find out more at: www.austintexas.gov/sustainability.

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