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Nov 062010

Here is a partial list of Los Angeles-area companies with significant green operations:

Cadiz (Los Angeles)

Founded in 1983, Cadiz is a publicly held renewable resources company that owns 70 square miles of property with significant groundwater resources in eastern San Bernardino County, California. The company is engaged in a combination of organic farming, solar energy, and water supply projects. Further information about Cadiz can be obtained by visiting www.cadizinc.com.

Green Earth Print & Design (Los Angeles)

Green Earth Print & Design specializes in high quality eco-friendly printing. Green Earth is capable of offset and digital printing. Green Earth exclusively uses soy/vegetable based inks with low VOC’s, along with high content recycled and even tree-free paper. The owner of Green Earth Print & Design, Dan Sullivan, has more than 20 years experience in the print industry and hopes eventually to be operating his business out of a fully LEED Certified Facility.

Green Globe International, Inc. (Murrieta, Calif.)

Green Globe International, Inc. is the worldwide owner of the Green Globe brand, which includes the leading sustainability certification and benchmarking program, carbon footprint calculation and offset programs, and a broad range of consulting services. Green Globe International has been admitted as an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the business leaders’ forum for the travel and tourism industry, is a 5% common stock owner of Green Globe International. www.greenglobeint.com.

Green to Grow (Los Angeles)

Founded in 2007 by husband and wife Michael Ritterbrown and Shelley Aronoff, Green to Grow is an eco-friendly and BPA-free baby bottle and accessories manufacturer and distributor based in Los Angeles, California. Committed to providing parents with safer baby bottle options, Green to Grow produces baby bottles from PES plastic, which is free of BPA, phthalates, lead and PVC. It also manufacturers and distributes silicone nipples, starter/gift sets, and a line of organic cotton totes and accessories.

LIV GRN (Los Angeles)

LIV GRN is an eco-chic, organic apparel company founded by fashion veteran Sydney Holland and music mogul Larry Frazin, who found a voice in our emerging green culture through organic clothing. A unique lifestyle brand dedicated to perpetuating the health of our planet, LIV GRN is geared toward the modern-day, eco-savvy consumer – merging style and comfort with earth sustaining materials. Affordable apparel designed for everyone, its goal is to inspire, motivate, teach and inform.

Non Pareil Cleaners (Beverly Hills)

The premium dry cleaning and alterations business operating in Beverly Hills since 1945 has installed an environmentally-safe and non-polluting dry cleaning system. This state-of-the-art technology utilizes liquefied and pressurized, natural CO2 (carbon dioxide) and replaces the solvent and petrochemical-based dry cleaning processes of the past. This new technology offers a 100% toxic-free and odorless cleaning process that eliminates any type of solvent residues on the garments. www.nonpareilcleaners.com

Oltmans Construction Co. (Whittier, Calif.)

In business for over 75 years, Oltmans Construction Co. is ranked among the top 10 commercial and industrial general contractors based in Los Angeles County, and was recently ranked among the nation’s leading builders by ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD magazine. The company has established the “Oltmans High Performance Building Program” and is committed to sustainable development and “green” building practices as part of the overall integrated project delivery approach for a “collaborative, value-based process” in delivering high-performance buildings.

OriginOil, Inc. (Los Angeles)

OriginOil, Inc. is developing a breakthrough technology that will transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum. Much of the world’s oil and gas is made up of ancient algae deposits. Today, our technology will produce “new oil” from algae, through a cost-effective, high-speed manufacturing process. This endless supply of new oil can be used for many products, such as diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, plastics and solvents, without the global warming effects of petroleum. Other oil-producing feedstock, such as corn and sugarcane, often destroy vital farmlands and rainforests, disrupt global food supplies and create new environmental problems. Our unique technology, based on algae, is targeted at fundamentally changing our source of oil without disrupting the environment or food supplies. www.originoil.com.

Rain Bird Corp. (Azusa, Calif.)

Rain Bird Corporation is the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry’s broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world. Rain Bird has been awarded more than 130 patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird and The Intelligent Use of Water™ is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly facilities in the United States, France, Sweden and Mexico. www.rainbird.com

Rentech, Inc. (Los Angeles)

Rentech, Inc., incorporated in 1981, provides clean energy solutions. The Rentech Process is a patented and proprietary technology that converts synthesis gas from biomass and fossil resources into hydrocarbons that can be processed and upgraded into ultra-clean synthetic fuels, specialty waxes and chemicals. Rentech Energy Midwest Corporation, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, manufactures and sells fertilizer products including ammonia, urea ammonia nitrate, urea granule and urea solution to the corn-belt region. www.rentechinc.com