Patronize Certified Green Businesses
Go to California Green Business Network and enter a city or industry city to find local green businesses that you can patronize to make a positive difference in the community.
Business Resources – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
- Free CalRecycle Publications
- San Mateo County Office of Sustainability
- Whole House Building Supply & Salvage, East Palo Alto
- Ohmega Salvage, Berkeley
- Building Resources, San Francisco
- Reuse and Salvage Companies:Artefact Design & SalvageThe Away Station
Business Resources – Energy Efficiency
Become a Certified Green Business
Find out more about greening your business at Bay Area Green Business Program .
It’s easy to make a difference. Being green is good for your business and the community!
Here are some simple changes made by Elm Advisors, LLC to become a Certified Green Business.
Hasina Khan, Elm Advisors Client Service Manager, describes the simple changes needed to become a Bay Area Green Business below;
It was easy to become a Certified Green Business, and Bay Area Green Business Staff made the process straightforward, informative and fun! While we are tenants—not owners—of our building, most of the water and energy conservation decisions are beyond our control. But, there were a few changes we could make to become more green, including the following:
- Rather than buying individual, non-reusable bottled water, we purchased a water cooler, which is refilled with reusable bottles (We use tap water to make our morning coffee).
- We reduce energy use by activating the “sleep mode” for printers, copiers and fax machines when not in use.
- We save paper by printing double-sided and use grey scale, to reduce ink usage and the need to replace the colored cartridges.
- We recycle old computers, toner and ink cartridges.
- We opt for “greener options” in the products we buy: recycled copy paper, earth-friendly writing instruments, biodegradable paper towels, and other green supplies.
- We use less electricity by keeping the lights turned off in offices that are not in use.
- We eliminated the need for paper plates and cups by using reusable ceramic plates and cups.
- We asked our building manager to implement a recycling program.