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The Shadowbrook has been a favorite and world-famous restaurant destination since 1947. And though its roots are a log cabin built some time during the early 1920’s and though much of the facility today is ‘vintage’ post-war construction the restaurant has been most progressive and modern when it comes to green business practices. In fact, Shadowbrook was the very first business in Santa Cruz County to earn the Green Business designation.Read more about Tips from Santa Cruz County’s First Green Business »
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.Read more about Try Incentive Program to Green Employee Commute »
The Story of Stuff is an animated film created by Annie Leonard. She teaches us all of how “things” are created and the embodied energy it’s involved in creating all those “things.” The creator takes us on a ride from extraction through sale, use and disposal, and how it all affects us and our communities. The Story of Stuff is a great wake up call to help us understand the underside of production and consumption in a very easy manner of fact that it is hard not to change our habits on over consumption.
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.Read more about New Rules for Restaurants in Santa Cruz County »
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