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  Acterra's 2008 Business Environmental Awards Honor "Green" Business Practices Around the Bay Area  

Hesperian Cleaners, Inc. of San Lorenzo will receive competitive environmental award.

PALO ALTO, May 21, 2008 - Acterra today announced the winners of the prestigious 2008 Business Environmental Awards, identifying ten companies and organizations who have demonstrated extraordinary environmental leadership from among this year's highly competitive field. Once again, innovative Bay Area companies have proven their commitment to the environment with their extensive and creative sustainability practices.The ten winners will be honored at a ceremony on June 3, 2008 at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University.

Hesperian Cleaners, Inc. of San Lorenzo will receive the Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation - Special Project for its leadership in converting its perchloroethylene (PERC) cleaning process to 100% dedicated "wet" cleaning and for championing the adoption of green cleaning within the dry cleaning industry. Owner Sung Han Lee regularly offers open houses, tours, demonstrations, and workshops in an effort to showcase the environmental and health benefits of green cleaning which eliminates the use of toxic chemicals, does not generate hazardous waste, and uses far less energy than traditional dry cleaning.

"Hesperian Cleaners is truly a leader in the field of dry cleaning" remarked Laura Teklser, Awards Chair. "Owner Sung Han Lee not only chose to convert his cleaning process five years ahead of the mandated schedule, he shunned the option to convert to an incrementally better solvent and went instead to completely nontoxic wet cleaning. He truly understands that green cleaning benefits all stakeholders in the community through decreasing energy usage and eliminating toxic chemicals without compromising quality or profitability." During the rigorous three-month judging process which involved 28 regional environmental and sustainability experts, the competitors showcased their environmental innovations in six categories including sustainability; sustainable built environment; environmental and

sustainability education; environmental enterprise; commute and transportation, and pollution prevention/resource conservation. For information regarding the other award winning programs, please visit

Since 1990 Acterra's Business Environmental Awards program has recognized over one hundred Bay Area businesses and academic and nonprofit organizations for excellence in environmental leadership. Winners, who have in the past included Apple, HP, Roche-Palo Alto, and Sun Microsystems, have made improvements in their operations that significantly reduce their environmental impacts, thereby benefiting all Bay Area residents.

About Acterra

Acterra is a non-profit organization with a 38-year history of environmental leadership and programming in and around Silicon Valley. Acterra has events, resources and programs that involve and educate individuals and communities across a broad range of environment issues. For more information visit


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