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01 October 2012

SF Environment Reusable Bag Giveaway!

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SF Environment Reusable Bag Giveaway!

SF Environment Reusable Bag Giveaway!

San Francisco’s plastic bag ban is in effect, and SF Environment is here to help you shop sustainably! The SFEnvironment Reusable Bag Giveaway has begun!  In October and November, SF Environment will be at 50 locations throughout San Francisco, handing out reusable bags made out of scrap fabric. Not only will they help you shop in style (we have over five colors to choose from!) but they will also help you avoid the 10 cent bag charge.

Want to grab a bag? Attend this reusable bag giveaway event- every Monday each week's giveaway locations will be updated on Facebook.

Can't make it to a giveaway? Follow SFEnvironment on Twitter (@SFEnvironment) and have your work organization and staff #tweet4totes and we just might deliver some on our electric bike!

More information on the bag ban: www.sfenvironment.org/checkoutbag

23 August 2012

Down In The Dumps: Guest Authored by VonChurch!

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Down In The Dumps: Guest Authored by VonChurch!

San Francisco Green Business, VonChurch, Inc. is taking environmental education for staff to heart. VonChurch, Inc. is a Recruiting Firm working exclusively in the Digital Entertainment Industry. Fueled by the passion to create and play, their culture is an elusive balance of focus and imagination. On August 17th, their "Work Hard | Play Harder" mindset and wild imagination lead them to a bizarre and unexpected place... 

 

The San Francisco Recology Center. As a piece of their ongoing environmental initiative, a field trip seemed to be in order - to look the reality of San Francisco waste in the eye. San Francisco has got a solid handle on waste management, wasting far less than the national average and creating nutrient rich compost from rotting food and plant material for local farms and vineyards. VonChurch visited the facility to experience the truth behind what we toss out. The hope was for a little dirt and grime-filled, experiential learning to get staff to recycle, compost, and waste less in the office and to put a halt to bad waste practice and trashy behavior. 

 

The two-hour tour consisted of a workshop on recycling and sustainability, a trip to the Art Studio to meet the current Artist-in-Residence, a stop at the Household Hazard Waste Facility, an unforgettable visit to the Transfer Station, a walk through the Sculpture Garden, and an enlightening video detailing the Recycle Central at Pier 96.  

 

It was an eye-opening experience. Employee, Nate Rhodes, described the tour as being, "...really informative. I think it gave me a new perspective on how important it is to make an individual effort to compost, recycle, and to take the time to clean and deposit everything in its proper place. And the amount of effort it takes for (SF) Recology to operate for one day...fascinating stuff really". 

 

VonChurch employee, Lisa Newton, went on to explain, "the SF Recology Center is a very interesting place. One-of-a-kind, to say the least! It's home to one of the coolest art studios and gardens I have ever seen, while storing the smelliest and dirtiest trash I have ever been in contact with. Beyond the art exhibits, there are gorgeous falcons flying around, providing a humane form of seagull management. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would enjoy a dump as much as I enjoyed the SF Recology Center". VonChurch, Inc. would recommend the tour to a local business trying to educate and mobilize their staff to take action for the benefit of the environment. 

 

In January 2013, VonChurch will be undertaking an original program called, Project Zero, in which the collective staff will pledge to produce zero waste for the entire month.

 

VonChurch, Inc. is striving to work simpler and lighter on the planet; maintaining a compassionate, symbiotic relationship with the Earth is in their nature. 

CEO, Alex Churchill, noted, "I think this worked. I have noticed more people making the effort to compost and recycle.".

It ain't easy being green...but it is worth it.

 

16 August 2012

Join the Great Race for Clean Air!

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Join the Great Race for Clean Air!

The race is on! The Great Race for Clean Air is a friendly competition between Bay Area employers to reduce pollution and improve air quality by encouraging employees to use commute alternatives such as carpool, vanpool, public transit and bicycling – anything but driving alone!

Last year, 190 companies throughout the Bay Area saved 435 tons of CO2 by using commute alternatives. By logging alternative commutes, your employees will be entered to win weekly prize drawings for $25 and $50 gift cards to popular merchants. Your company could win for highest overall CO2 savings, highest average of “clean commute days” logged or highest percent participation, not to mention bragging rights!

Register your company now to receive a welcome packet including a series of email messages and posters to promote the Great Race for Clean Air.  The Great Race widget is also available to employers to use on their websites. Starting September 1, employees can track their commute trips and measure CO2 savings using 511 Rideshare’s online Trip Diary.

Employer registration runs through August 31. The Great Race for Clean Air is sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in partnership with 511 Rideshare. For more information and to register your company for the Great Race, visit the Great Race website.

Please contact the Commute Smart team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415.355.3727 with any questions.

09 August 2012

Shout-out to Swissnex on their SFGB Renewal!

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Shout-out to Swissnex on their SFGB Renewal!

Congratualtions Swissnex! Here's to 3 more years of Green Business!

01 August 2012

Cartridge World is a SF Green Business!

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Cartridge World is a SF Green Business!

Congratulations Cartridge World on becoming a San Francisco Green Business!

 

01 August 2012

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Has Renewed as a Green Business!

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Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Has Renewed as a Green Business!

Congratulations to Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for renewing their SF Green Business recognition!

 

01 August 2012

Two New Green Businesses and a Renewal! Custom Living Solutions, Cleantech Group LLC and Monroe Personnel Services!

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Two New Green Businesses and a Renewal! Custom Living Solutions, Cleantech Group LLC and Monroe Personnel Services!

Congratulations to two new Green Businesses: Custom Living Solutions and Cleantech Group LLC! Also congratulations to Monroe Personnel Services on thier renewal and three more years of Green Business!

17 July 2012

Renewed: David Baker and Partners!

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Renewed: David Baker and Partners!

Congratulations to David Baker and Partners on their renewal to the SF Green Business Program

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