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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New Law Accelerates Organics Recycling

27 Feb

Compost image2016 is going to be a big year for keeping organics (food and yard waste) out of our landfills, especially for businesses. In 2014 the State of California passed AB 1826, requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste and not put it in the garbage. Businesses with that dispose of high levels of organics every week have to separate it starting April 1, 2016 as others phase in later in the year.

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Your Green Business is Part of Something Big

23 Nov
CAGBP ImageDid you know there are 3,000 small businesses Certified Green throughout the State of California? Our local program is part of a statewide network of 24 programs that make up the California Green Business Network. The changes we are all making together in small businesses add up to big outcomes:
  • 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 program is receiving increased interest from the state to help expand our services so all California’s small businesses can receive the assistance and promotion they deserve when they, like you, do the good work of Going Green.

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Wanted: Small Businesses to Test Energy-Efficiency App

20 Nov

Energy Savings Green ImageAs 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.

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