Toolkit

The Toolkit section contains several resources to help you green your business. Click on the appropriate conservation area or business sector to learn more.

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Additional Resources:

Green Tips for Businesses

Sample Letters to Landlords

Downloadable Signage

Compliance Guides

Employee Training Guide

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Employee Training Guide- A general green practices and values to inlcude in your employee training manual or to circulate to staff periodically.

Toolkit

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The Toolkit section contains several resources to help you green your business. Click on the appropriate conservation area or business sector to learn more.

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This guide will walk you through the three main sections of the Waste Reduction standards.

Waste Diversion

Source Reduction

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

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The Toxics and Pollution Prevention guide will help you with the following:

Green Purchasing

Clean Air programs and practices

Wastewaster best management practices

Janitorial Paper Products

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Re: Janitorial Paper Products

Dear Building Manager:

Our organization is striving to be recognized as a Green Business by the City and County of San Francisco. In an effort to achieve this designation, we are implementing several resource conservation and pollution prevention practices required by the program. By participating in this program, we believe that we are doing our part in helping make San Francisco a more sustainable city.

As a tenant in your building, we have limited control over contracts, maintenance schedules, and fixtures, which impact our environmental footprint and ultimately, our recognition as a Green Business. Therefore, we request your help in providing information relevant to our application as well as your support for improving the health and well being of your tenants. We also see this as a wonderful opportunity for the building management to be seen as an environmental leader. Specifically, we request your assistance in purchasing toilet paper and tissues with a minimum 20% post-consumer waste (PCW) and paper towels with a minimum 40% PCW recycled content. We also ask for your assistance purchasing processed chlorine free (PCF) janitorial paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, seat covers, etc). 

When choosing low-toxic alternatives, please choose products listed on one of the following resources for environmentally preferable purchasing:

The Green Business Program requires that all recognized green businesses are leaders in environmentally preferable purchasing, and purchase janitorial paper products with post consumer waste recycled content and processed without the use of chlorine. The pulp and paper industry is a major contributor of global and environmental problems. The manufacturers which use virgin timber are not only destroying species-rich forests, but are also major generators of hazardous air pollutants such as dioxins and other cancer-causing chemicals. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the paper industry is the third largest contributor of global warming pollution.

We request that you help drive the market by using environmentally friendly janitorial paper in the facility. We hope you'll join in this effort enthusiastically. We will contact you next week to follow up on this request.

Sincerely,

PS. You can find more information about the SF Green Business Program here: www.sfgreenbusiness.org

Low-Flow Toilets

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Re: Low-Flow Toilets

Dear Building Manager:

Our organization is striving to be recognized as a Green Business by the City and County of San Francisco. In an effort to achieve this designation, we are implementing several resource conservation and pollution prevention practices required by the program. By participating in this program, we believe that we are doing our part in helping make San Francisco a more sustainable City.

As a tenant in your building, we have limited control over contracts, maintenance schedules and fixtures, which impact our environmental footprint and ultimately, our recognition as a Green Business. We request your help in providing information relevant to our application as well as your support in the improvement of overall building efficiency. We see this as a wonderful opportunity for the building management to save money through reduced utility costs, while being an environmental champion. We understand that the City will provide technical support and financial incentives as needed to help the building management implement necessary practices. Specifically, we request your assistance in replacing toilets that flush at greater than 1.6 gallons per flush with high efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons or less per flush) and urinals that flush at greater than 1.0 gallon per flush with high efficiency urinals (0.5 gallons per flush or waterless).

The Green Business Program requires that all recognized green businesses be a leader in water conservation. Toilets are generally the largest water users in both residential and commercial properties. Efficient toilets use 50-80% less water per flush--an average savings of 19,000 gallons per year. This translates to thousands of dollars in annual savings on water bills, and an average payback in under 2 years! Not to mention, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission offers free technical assistance AND cash rebates up to $500 per fixture when you upgrade to a high-efficiency toilet or urinal. With all of the potential savings, there is no reason not to switch out old water-guzzling toilets. For more information, please visit the SFPUC pages on Commercial High-Efficiency Toilet Rebates and Urinal Rebates.

We request that you install efficient toilets and urinals, and do your part to maintain California's precious resource. We will call you next week to follow up on this request.

Sincerely,

PS. You can find more information about the SF Green Business Program here: www.sfgreenbusiness.org

Implement an Integrated Pest Management Program

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Re: Implement an Integrated Pest Management Program

Dear Building Manager:

Our organization is striving to be recognized as a Green Business by the City and County of San Francisco. In an effort to achieve this designation, we are implementing several resource conservation and pollution prevention practices required by the program. By participating in this program, we believe that we are doing our part in helping make San Francisco a more sustainable City.

As a tenant in your building, we have limited control over contracts, maintenance schedules, and fixtures, which impact our environmental footprint and ultimately, our recognition as a Green Business. Therefore, we request your help in providing information relevant to our application as well as your support for improving the health and well being of your tenants. We also see this as a wonderful opportunity for the building management to be seen as an environmental leader. Specifically, we request your assistance in implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program when controlling pests.

The Green Business Program requires recognized businesses to implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program when controlling pests. By their very nature, pesticides are dangerous to living beings: people, pets, and wildlife-whether they're sprayed on the food we buy or used in our gardens, parks, and places of work where they can poison the air or leach into the groundwater.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a decision-making process that utilizes regular monitoring to determine if and when treatments are needed, and to evaluate their effectiveness. IPM programs employ a mix of biological, cultural, mechanical/physical, educational, and least-toxic chemical strategies and tactics to keep pest numbers low enough to prevent intolerable damage or nuisance. Non-chemical methods and pest prevention are emphasized, and pesticides are used only as a last resort when other approaches prove insufficient. The goal of IPM is to achieve long-term, cost-effective, and environmentally sound pest control.

We request that you work with the pest contractor to implement an IPM policy. For more information, please visit http://www.sfenvironment.org/article/business/pest-management. We will call you next week to follow up on this request. Thank you in advance for considering the environment and the health of your tenants and staff when choosing methods to control pests.

Sincerely,

PS. You can find more information about the SF Green Business Program here: www.sfgreenbusiness.org