Did you know that we have a Shop Green app?! Make finding a certified green businesses as easy as 1-2-3! Search and support thousands of innovative businesses throughout California, from auto shops to restaurants, that work hard to ensure their business practices are more sustainable. Vote with your wallet and support businesses that care about the planet and your community! Search your app store for “California Green Business Program” and look for the logo.
Packaging contributes to the overall environmental impacts of the food and beverage industry. Many local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations began to take notice in the 1990s as more and more to-go food packaging, foam cups and straws were collected during beach clean ups. The concern over the negative impacts of polystyrene foam and other plastic products entering waterways and the ocean motivated local governments into action with environmentally acceptable food packaging ordinances between 2007 and 2012.
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.
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.
Whenever 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.
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.
PG&E extends solar to everyone with new Solar Choice program
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.
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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.
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.
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.