Growing Green Business in San Benito County

7 Sep

San Benito County is famous for fertile farmland, and now Green Business will be growing here too! Thanks in part to State funding, San Benito County’s Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency has revitalized the San Benito Green Business Program which includes the Cities of Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and unincorporated San Benito County.

The recently re-launched program is quickly gaining momentum with several local leaders already engaging in the certification process including Credo Studio and Jardines de San Juan in San Juan Bautista, and the San Benito County Arts Council, San Benito Chamber of Commerce, and Fisher’s in Hollister.

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Help Grow the Green Business Program

4 Jun

We are looking for a team of volunteers and interns to help grow the Monterey Bay Green Business Program. Are you looking for a summer internship or just looking to volunteer your time for a good cause? Sign-up here for more info!

Our Green Business Volunteer Program Assistants will primarily be responsible for reaching out to small and medium sized businesses to explain the green business program, encourage them to enroll, and help them fill out their application to get Green Business certified.

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New Checklist Reduces Food Waste

4 Jun

If “food waste” was a country, it would rank third behind China and the United States in greenhouse gas production!  That surprising statistic from the EPA led the California Green Business Network to develop its newest Food Manufacturer checklist.  CAGBN worked on the project for the past year, receiving input from three food manufacturers workshops in Fresno, Los Angeles, and Stockton.  Watsonville’s H A Rider & Sons also gave valuable feedback, and will be one of the first businesses to use the checklist. 

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Breweries Now Able To Get Certified

9 Apr

Green Business Coordinators from across the state toured Seismic Brewing Co.

Small-to-medium-sized breweries are opening at an astounding rate. These breweries provide a valuable service to their local communities (is there a more noble pursuit than making people happy?) and serve as centers of community engagement. Breweries also tend to have a significant environmental impact due to their solid waste production, water needs, and energy use.

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Green Business Innovation Across the State

3 Apr

If you appreciate ceramics, you’re likely already a fan of the Sausalito, California-based company, Heath Ceramics. From their early founding in 1948 by a husband and wife duo, Edith and Brian Heath, the company was all about innovation. Their early approach to kiln firings, saved energy and branded them as trail blazers in the industry. The company transitioned to another husband and wife duo in 2003, Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey, who saw the potential for a holistic business model but have stuck to the original ethos of making good things for good people.

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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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