Colusa Mushroom Growers Receive State’s Highest Environmental Honor

Premier Mushrooms Inc. was among honored recipients to receive the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA).

The Colusa-based mushroom farm received its award during the Jan. 19 ceremony held at Byron Sher Auditorium in Sacramento.

The GEELA program is California’s highest environmental honor. The program recognized individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state’s economy. This year’s awards were given in the categories of climate change, ecosystem and land use stewardship, environmental education, sustainability practices, communities or facilities, and wastewater reduction.

“Premier Mushrooms is truly honored to receive this award amongst a field of incredible companies that share similar values and especially in a state that sets the standards for sustainability in the country,” said Premier Mushroom Inc. CEO John Ashbaugh.

Premier Mushrooms Inc. earned this prestigious award for their efforts in reducing its carbon footprint, procuring 15 percent of the electricity consumed on site from a renewable source by diverting several million pounds of walnut shells and avoiding the combustion of 49,000 therms of natural gas at the utility level.

“Premier Mushrooms is excited and humbled to be the recipient of California’s highest environmental honor. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, but realize that sustainability is a journey without an end-point, and look forward to continuing building upon our progress in the years to follow,” said the company’s sustainability program manager Kevin Foley.

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