New Rules for Restaurants in Santa Cruz County

11 Feb

To protect the environment, reduce litter and to encourage the recycling and composting of food service waste, the following rules have been approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.

As of January 1, 2017: All to -go food service ware provided to customers in the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County must be recyclable or compostable, as certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute. This includes:

  • No plastic straws (paper is acceptable)
  • No plastic stir sticks (wood is fine)
  • All cups (hot or cold) must be certified compostable
  • All to -go cutlery must be certified compostable
  • No Styrofoam
  • No #6 polystyrene products (including hot cup lids)
  • All to -go containers must be recyclable or certified compostable

These rules apply to restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, food trucks, special events and any other business or event where food is sold to go.

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Bag Ban: Coming to a store near you

11 Feb

California now has the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The restrictions apply to large food retailers, pharmacies, corner markets and liquor stores but not restaurants or department stores.

Businesses can still offer paper bags and thicker plastic bags as long as they charge at least 10 cents for each of those items — a move crafted to encourage folks to tote their own reusable sacks.

Are you in compliance with this new law?

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Welcome new Green Business Staff!

11 Feb

We are happy to announce that the Counties of Santa Cruz and Monterey and the City of Watsonville have new coordinators who will be certifying green businesses. All three women can be described as community leaders – business advocates –  and environmentally conscious innovators. They each share a deep commitment to growing the tri-county Monterey Bay Green Business Program and to being your new trusted guide and resource for certifying or re-certifying your business. Welcome!

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Composting to Expand in Santa Cruz County

25 Jul

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Residents and businesses in Santa Cruz County are vivid recyclers, routinely recycling more than 70% of all the waste material collected in the County. Of the remaining waste, up to 40% is organic material, and the County is taking a number of steps to go after that, too. Under state law AB1826 businesses and schools are mandated to separate food waste.

The County has been working with local waste haulers to identify schools and businesses likely to be affected by this new requirement.

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CoolClimate Business Calculator

12 Apr

When is the last time you calculated your business’s carbon footprint?

The first step to reducing your impact on the environment is fully understanding it. That’s where UC Berkeley’s CoolClimate Program comes into play. “CoolClimate tools quickly identify the unique opportunities each individual, business, organization or community holds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The CoolClimate Business Calculator takes into account the size of your business/organization, employee commutes, company fleets (if applicable), utility use, travel, and more!

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Event: Celebrate Earth Day

12 Apr

ED2016logoEarth Day Santa Cruz is happening this Saturday, April 16th from 11am – 4pm in San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz. Earth Day Santa Cruz is an annual event to raise environmental awareness; address concerns; showcase solutions; and present balanced modes of living for the wellbeing of each individual, the community, and the planet. Come enjoy this fun environmental celebration for the whole family!

On the first Earth Day in 1970, 22 million Americans celebrated clean air, land, and water.

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Save the Date: April Economic Development Summit

27 Feb

Attention small local businesses! This event is for you. 

82 percent summitSanta Cruz County Economic Development is pleased to announce the inaugural “82% – A Micro-Business Summit” event will be held April 22 at Cabrillo College. 500 local businesses will come together under one roof and walk away with the tools needed to make their businesses thrive and grow.

The daylong conference will feature a keynote speaker and two dozen education sessions to help small business owners navigate the marketplace to increase their exposure, grow their business and boost profitability.

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Half Price Ads Available for Certified Businesses

27 Feb

Interested in cutting the cost of your advertising and being featured as a local green business?Your Business Here

The Monterey Bay Green Business Program will be paying 50% of the cost for quarter page ad placement in the Good Times that feature a picture and quote from Certified business owners.  The program will develop and place the weekly ad making it simple for your business to participate. Your business would only need to provide a quote, coordinate a photo with the program and pay the discounted cost share for the weekly ad of $160.00.

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