707 Silver Spur Rd.
Blue Basil
Century Car Wash
Chapin Restaurant and Bakery
Golden Lion Liquor
Rinconcito Ecuatoriano
Watson Land Company
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 Green Building Challenge Newsletter | May 31, 2016

There are currently 144 businesses participating in the Challenge, and our newest members include Extra Space Storage, Zentis, All Yellow Taxi, and Global Paratransit.

As we move toward summer and longer days, it is a great time to choose walking or biking as a transportation choice, along with ridesharing and public transportation. Looking for ways to reduce the impact of your transportation? See below for info on our new mobility program, Travel Pal, and learn new ways to connect, choose, and match! Contact us at for assistance. 
Test Drive Travel Pal
In life, it's not only about the destination, it's also how you get there. That's why we are excited to invite you, our Green Building Challenge participants, to test drive our new mobility program, Travel Pal. This online tool is designed to help you plan your trips while encouraging environmentally friendly and healthy mobility choices. From ride sharing to local events to carpooling the kids to school to commuting to work or even to choosing a bike or transit route, the Travel Pal will instantly connect you with the best ways to get to your South Bay destinations. Be sure to check out the Events tab, where you will not only find out about special events in the South Bay, but also you may discover someone to share the ride with!

We hope you enjoy being the first to test drive Travel Pal. Did we mention you can take us with you? We're mobile friendly! No app storage space needed - just bookmark our website on your smart phone. For any questions about Travel Pal, please feel free to contact us at
MyEnergyUpgrade Tool: 
Helping Small Businesses Save
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Energy Upgrade CA, a state initiative dedicated to helping Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, has a new tool, MyEnergyUpgrade, designed to help small businesses save energy and money. The tool provides custom plans and recommendations for small business owners looking to increase energy and water efficiency and generate significant savings. 

Business owners can access the MyEnergyUpgrade tool by visiting Energy Upgrade California's small business landing page, registering, and taking the assessment to receive their tailored energy action plan. The plan will include key steps to take, such as:
  • Signing up for "peak day" energy pricing
  • Updating lighting to energy-efficient bulbs
  • Using commercial ENERGY STAR appliances
  • Scheduling a maintenance checkup for heating and cooling systems 
Create an energy action plan and earn up to 500 points for ENR-005. Questions? Contact us at
Upcoming Events
California's New 2016 
Title 24 Standards
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Learn about residential and non-residential building envelope, lighting & mechanical requirements affecting residential, commercial and high rise-residential new construction under California's 2016 Title-24 Energy Efficiency Standards scheduled to take effect January 1, 2017.  

Earn points for Tenant E&O-006 and Prop E&O-001. 

Basic Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Friday, August 26, 2016

Attend this free seminar and learn about residential and commercial basic HVAC systems.  This class will explore how to improve HVAC performance and reduce operating costs without sacrificing comfort.

Earn points for Tenant E&O-006 and Prop E&O-001. 
Easy Ways to Earn Points and Climb the Leaderboard!
  • Set Transportation Goals for the Challenge - 50 points (Tenant or Prop TPT-000)
  • Conduct a Commuter Survey - up to 300 points (Tenant or Prop TPT-001)
  • Implement a Ridesharing Program - 100 points (Tenant TPT-004 or Prop TPT-005) 
  • Promote Clean Transportation Alternatives - up to 300 points (Tenant TPT-005 or Prop TPT-002) 
If you have already completed any of these items, let us know by contacting us at so we can help you earn points!
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Phone: 310-371-7222