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New Leaf Community Markets recently recertified all of their Santa Cruz County stores as Green Businesses. New Leaf is proud to be the first grocer in the county to be certified as a Green Business. They continue to push the envelope by finding additional ways to improve their operations and service to the community to make them even more sustainable and eco-friendly.
The Santa Cruz County’s Green Business Certification Program was designed to encourage businesses to meet and exceed environmental standards, while conserving natural resources.Read more about New Leaf Community Markets Renews Green »
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.
Check out this video which shows how several organizations in Monterey, California are working together to grow a food scrap recycling program for local businesses and restaurants.
Did you know that leftover, thrown-away food makes up over 20% of our landfill space. But this food is a resource, not a waste. As of March 2016 large producers of organic waste are now required to compost not landfill it. The waste is picked up by the waste hauler and taken to a facility that turns the food into compost and energy (methane) using state of the art technology. This program diverts waste, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, reduces reliance on landfills and produces a clean, green energy right here in our backyard.
More on the Food Scrap Collection Program here.
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!Read more about CoolClimate Business Calculator »
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Who are the Certified Green Businesses in the Monterey Bay Area?
- Green Businesses in Monterey County
- Green Businesses in Santa Cruz County
- Green Businesses in San Benito County
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Visit the California Green Business Program website for additional resources, green tips and fact sheets.