- Cut $30M each year off business’ utility bills
- Reduced over 800,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions – equivalent to planting 43,583 acres of trees
- Enough kilowatt-hours saved to power 25,000 houses for an entire year
- Over 400,000 metric tons of waste diverted from the landfill
- 124 million gallons of water saved
- Over 28,000 gallons of hazardous waste eliminated
The Santa Cruz County’s Green Business Certification Program is an incentive-based program designed to encourage businesses to meet and exceed environmental standards, while conserving natural resources. Every year, the County Board of Supervisors recognizes those businesses that have gone above and beyond to meet the criteria to become a certified Green Business.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), part of Sutter Health, is one of those businesses. PAMF has been recognized as one of the top places to work and leading health care organizations in the Bay Area.
Now 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.
As many small business owners may know, bringing in an energy auditor to test your energy usage can be a cumbersome process and potentially cost prohibitive. EnergyAi® is an on-line service which analyzes energy meter data to identify opportunities for cost and CO2 savings. They are developing a version targeted to small businesses, and are looking for volunteers to give them feedback.
Small businesses will receive a report which shows their current business usage patterns, and the savings potential from simple operational changes.