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

17 September 2012

End of Summer Event Volunteers Make a Huge Impact!

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Outdoor volunteers restore hidden forest in San Francisco

End of Summer Event Volunteers Make a Huge Impact!



Glen Canyon Park is a hidden gem of San Francisco quietly nested just off the 280 freeway, a couple blocks from Glen Park BART station. On Saturday, September 15, 2012, a few hardy volunteers from the SF Green Business Program and the local Friends of Glen Canyon Park trekked their way into the vast forested space tucked away in this urban city.  One side of the trail is flanked by massive, tall trees; giants reaching into the sky. The other side flanked by solid bluffs of rock where some visitors take rock climbing excursions.

 The volunteers made their way across the foot bridge to find themselves in an open grassy wetlands. The activity of the day was to cut back the encroaching willow so that this rare and vibrant habitat could be sustained. 

img 1340With jagged saws, tree loppers, determination, and brute strength, the volunteers tromped straight into the wilderness off the beaten path.  The willow tree is a very important tree in the wetland ecosystem but it is very resilient and has an adaptation of resprouting from cuttings that have contact with moist soil.  Volunteers cut and sawed, cut and sawed, and then sawed some more.


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By the end of the volunteer event, the open grassy area was maintained by the hardwork of all who participated.  They were sweaty, tired, scratached, and sore but the volunteers discovered many things.  Besides an old cat skull, the volunteers found a hidden oasis in the middle of the city.  A place where if you walk far enough into the wilderness, the sounds of traffic and urban life fade away, the hurried pace slows, and there is nature all around to be appreciated.


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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

Greenbuild Workshop - August 9, 6-8pm

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Free Business Highlight Opportunity

Great Promotion Opportunity for your
Green Business!

Become an SF Green Business and draw 30,000+ Greenbuild attendees through our workshop! 

RSVP to attend now!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

6:00pm to 8:00pm

USGBC-NCC Offices, 130 Sutter St., #600

San Francisco, CA 94104

The US Green Building Council Northern California Chapter (USGBC - NCC) will be sharing the Bay Area's rich and dynamic sustainable resources with Greenbuild conference attendees, encouraging attendees to patronize local green businesses.  In partnership with the San Francisco Green Business Program, the USGBC is offering an opportunity to highlight your Green Business on the USGBC website.  A special informational workshop is being presented on how you can take part with Greenbuild and how Greenbuild can positively impact your business. 


Please join your fellow Green Businesses community members at our informational workshop Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at 130 Sutter St., #600. Refreshments will be provided for your enjoyment.  Please feel free to forward this invitation to fellow business members.


Thousands of green building professionals from all over the world will come together in San Francisco, Nov. 14-16 at Greenbuild 2012 for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events.  Make sure you and your business can take advantage of this opportunity to be part of this international environmental event!


For more information please contact Anna Frankel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When: Thursday August 9, 2012 ~ 6:00pm to 8:00pm
San Francisco, CA  94104
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