Try Incentive Program to Green Employee Commute

11 Feb

One of the hardest areas to “green” in a business can be the employee commute.   Employees may feel strongly about the convenience of driving.  They may not want to share private time outside of work with others in a carpool, or spend extra time on mass transit.  To reduce emissions produced by a company, and move it towards greener commuting, incentives are an excellent strategy.

To design an incentive program, first identify the alternative transportation options that employees prefer. 

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Clean Fuel Rebate for Electric Vehicles 

11 Feb

For all you all-star EV owners, you can receive a $500 Clean Fuel Rebate from PG&E! A rebate ‘thank you’ for contributing to a cleaner energy future by fueling your vehicle with electricity. This rebate is just one of several that provide financial incentives for owning an EV. PG&E electricity is generated by some  25% renewable energy sources making it one of the cleanest grids in the country.

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Real Estate Free Renewable Energy for Business

25 Oct

solarchoiceWhenever we talk to businesses about return on investment, the biggest bang for the buck is always renewable energy, usually in the form of solar panels. They pay for themselves and save significant money over their lifetime. They are also an emission free way to serve your energy needs, and a huge contribution to greenhouse gas reductions to prevent climate change.

But not everyone has real estate, or a south facing roof, or a roof at all.

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Recycling Tips from the Material Recovery Facility

25 Jul

MRF2 Few things, once they are used, are actually waste material. Among such things are latex gloves, non-recyclable plastics, snack packaging and other complex materials that were not designed to be recycled. Jeremy Simmons, San Benito County’s Recycling & Resource Recovery Coordinator shares some first-hand tips for what can be recycled:

Plastic bags and film should be placed in a clear plastic bag. Loose bags can end up as contaminants in paper bales or jammed in the conveyer belt.

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PG&E Extends Solar to Everyone

25 Jul

PG&E extends solar to everyone with new Solar Choice program

solar panel on field Launched earlier this year, PG&E’s new Solar Choice program extends the option for 100 percent solar power to all residential and business customers who are not planning to install solar panels. For a modest charge, customers can purchase half or all of their electric power from solar energy locally sourced in Northern and Central California.

Approximately half of U.S.

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How to Green a Coffee Shop: Top Strategies

27 Feb

Did you know there are over 50 green certified coffee shops in the state, and less than five in the County of Santa Cruz? As the coffee shop boom continues, let’s encourage our neighborhood coffee shops to become green certified.

Here are some quick and easy tips for coffee shops (and tea!) looking to make the switch:

  • Start with great coffee that people will feel great about drinking. Shade grown, fair trade, organic.

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Health Effects of Exposure to Indoor Radon

27 Feb

Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer? No? Neither did we.radonhouse

Following up November’s newsletter on indoor air quality, below is more information on how to keep your home safe from pollutants such as radon.

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon gas in the indoor air of America’s homes poses a serious health risk.

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Try House Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

20 Nov

LeafNow that the weather is colder and we’re keeping doors and windows closed, indoor air quality can really suffer. Instead of using chemical air fresheners, try house plants to improve indoor air.

According to a two-year study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), many indoor plants absorb air pollutants through their leaves and roots and convert them into breathable air. Within 24 hours, some plants can remove up to 87 percent of toxic indoor air.

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