30 April 2012

First Ever Green Business Volunteer Event!

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What a success! Green Businesses helping the community!

First Ever Green Business Volunteer Event!

Bright and early, Saturday April 28, 2012, a group of our businesses gathered together at Corona Heights Park to make a difference.  In partnership with the San Francisco Department of Parks and Recreation, the San Francisco Green Business Program, began its first ever volunteer event!

The golden sun shone down on the luscious grass as the crisp blue sky sat as our backdrop.  Over 25 dedicated individuals from various businesses met behind the Randall Museum at the park.  Joe Grey, volunteer coordinator for Parks and Recreation, stepped up to explain to everyone the importance of the work we would be performing today. 

Corona Heights Park is one of many natural areas around the city of San Francisco.  Though in an urban setting, just north of the lively Castro District, the park is home to native plant and animal species.  Nature enthusiasts and city dwellers alike flock to the park for its beauty and stunning views of the city's skyline and bay.

Joe's and his crew do regular trail maintenance and habitat restoration at Corona Heights Park, making sure everyone can continue to enjoy and marvel at the beauty of the park.  And here we were!  A group of green businesses ready to get our hands dirty and break a sweat with the SF Parks and Recreation volunteer program.  Name tags were handed out, sunblock was slathered on, and gloves were pulled on.  We were ready!  

volunteer3A group of volunteers made their way to a green hillside towards the peak of the park to pull out invasive, non-native plants.  The work done here was able to make room for growing native plants as well as increase the amount of resources available to them.  Volunteers spread out amount the hillside pulling out weeds and plants as fast as they could find them.  Nothing was going to stop this habitat restoration train with all their enthusiasm!  Nobody kept count but we put away a lot of buckets of unwanted plants!  Big green thumbs up!

The other group of volunteers steered down the park towards the dog park.  As we hiked down one slope to the bottom of the hill, we faced the other job task: refilling dirt steps that went up the other side of the hill to the peak.  As Joe informed us, during heavy rains, much erosion happens here which destroys the trail steps.  Maintenance now by filling dirt into the steps and tamping it down will help to make a major difference when the rains come.volunteer2

Of course, the only way to get this done was a....bucket brigade!  A group of volunteers lined up from the bottom to the very top of the steps.  Shovels and buckets in tow, it began with one bucket filled and passed up along the line of volunteers.  More buckets filled and passed.  When they reached the top they were dumped and other volunteers tamped down the newly filled step.  Empty buckets then flowed back down the brigade.  We sure did get a workout that day!

volunteer4As the volunteer day came to a close, everyone came back together for a very great lunch provided by one of our recognized Green Businesses:  NYSE Euronext.  Yummy sandwiches, deserts, cookies, fruit, and refreshments were provided and well deserved after our hard day of improving Corona Heights Park.  As this was a green volunteer event, all waste items were collected for recycling and composting as well.

Thank you to all our businesses who attended our event!  You made a difference that day!  GREAT JOB!!volunteer5

25 April 2012

Congratulations to our newest recognized Green Business: BARS + TONE (BNT, LLC)

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Congratulations to our newest recognized Green Business:  BARS + TONE (BNT, LLC)

BARS + TONE (BNT, LLC) has been recognized by the City & County of San Francisco through the San Francisco Green Business Program.

BARS+TONE (BNT, LLC) is a Digital Agency, specializing in innovative and effective creative video production, online media, visual effects and social engagement strategies.

Congratulations to BARS + TONE (BNT, LLC) the latest member of our growing green business community!

09 March 2012

Green Business Mixer a Great Success!!

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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO THE MIXER AT ELIXIR!

Green Business Mixer a Great Success!!

The event was a great success! For those who did not attend we laughed, shared information about the Green Business Program and networked like crazy. I heard some great connections made at the event and I hope these connections continue and procure into something bigger! For photos of the event check out: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.406014529414588.112207.173704605978916&type=1 

 

 

A. Maciel PrintingLive Local Card

 

 

29 February 2012

Green Business Mixer

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Come Join us for a Green Business Happy Hour!

Green Business Mixer

 

THE MIXER

 

Save the date for Thursday March 8th from 5-7pm for the first ever SF Green Business Mixer/ Networking event! The SF Green Business Program is going to have our first ever Green Business Mixer.  We’ve been thinking about having a more casual networking/ mixer event at a bar for some time. 


The Details:
The Mixer will be at the Elixir Saloon from 5-7pm on Thursday, March 8th.
Here are the details for the Elixir Bar. 3200 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 552-1633. Elixir is one of our recognized Green Businesses. For more info on Elixir check outhttp://elixirsf.com/

 

Thank you to Elixir for hosting the event and to A. Maciel Printing who has already volunteered to be a mentor speaker at the event.

The Purpose of This Event Is:

-To give in process businesses a better idea of what it’s like to go through the Green Business Program from a recognized Green Business    

-To give the recognized businesses an opportunity to share their story of going through the Green Business Program and to share the benefits of going through the program.          

-For businesses to network and market their company

-And to have a good time and enjoy the company of the Green Business community

 

25 February 2012

Green Business Workshop

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February 28th 2012 from 12-1pm

Green Business Workshop
The SF Green Business Program will be hosting a workshop to answer all your questions about getting through the SF Green Business Program and all the benefits businesses receive when they go through the application process.

Sign up on the link below.

February 28th Workshop

24 February 2012

SF Green Business Newsletter Feb. 2012

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SFGBP February Newsletter

SF Green Business Newsletter Feb. 2012
 

Our 6th Annual Green Business Awards Reception was a big hit!
On January 18, 2012, the San Francisco Green Business Program and partners, SF Public Utilities Commission and SF Department of Public  Health celebrated all of the Green Businesses recognized in 2011.

 


Over 250 members of our green business community filled the beautifully decorated Green Room of the Veteran's War Memorial Building to show support for our 48 newly recognized businesses, the glowing atmosphere enhanced by the City Hall backdrop.  Our wonderful sponsors provided delicious local, organic hor d'oeuvres throughout the night as well as delightful beer and wine tastings.  


Director of the SF Department of the Environment, Melanie Nutter, addressed the green businesses.  She spoke of the leadership and drive that each business had to improve not only themselves but the larger community.  With huge world views, these businesses where taking local real world action.

The awards reception had begun!  All of the newly recognized Green Businesses proudly stepped on stage to receive not only the acknowledgement they deserved from their peers but a beautifully crafted award plaque.  With the help of all of our generous sponsors, a prize raffle was also held!  Eight exciting prizes were given out to our lucky winners.

As the evening went on, our green business community was able to connect with each other and network the night away.  Once again, the annual Green Business Awards Reception was a success for all!

To view pictures of the event please visit our blog!

 

 

SF Green Business Workshop
February 28, 2012         12-1pm        11 Grove St. 

Have you been thinking about going Clipboardthrough the Green Business Program?  Don't know where to start?  Attend our SF Green Business Workshop on February 28, 2012 to learn more about the program, process, available resources, rebates, audits, and more! Sign up here.  This is a great event to attend to meet the SF Green Business team in person and have your questions answered. For more information, visit the event page.  

 

Green Business Bites
  • Tax season is just starting.  Don't stress!  Here are some great tax tips provided by one of our recognized green businesses, Glick & Associates, to help you this year.  For example, did you know you have two extra days this year to file your taxes?  Take advantage of these tax tips today. 
  •  Nominate a business, your business, activists, yourself, or an organization for the U.S. EPA Environmental Awards 2012!  Deadline is February 21, 2012.  Below are the categories for the awards:
    • Children's Environmental Health
    • Clean Technology
    • Climate Change Champion
    • Educational Leadership
    • Efficient Water Infrastructure
    • Environmental Justice Champion
    • Green Business of the Year
    • Green Chemistry
    • Green Government
    • Sustainable Agriculture Champion
    • Tribal Environmental Protection
    • Zero Waste Advocate
 

  Congratulations to our newest SF Green Businesses!
 

Do YOU like our Green Business Facebook page?

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So far over 725 people like the SF Green Business Facebook page! Please let your customers and staff know about this new resource that helps build community and awareness of Green Businesses in San Francisco

20 January 2012

The 6th Annual San Francisco Green Business Awards Reception was an event to remember!

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Congratulations to our 2011 recognized Green Businesses!

 

The 6th Annual San Francisco Green Business Awards Reception was held January 18, 2012 to celebrate the wonderful successes our newly recognized Green Businesses of 2011 have achieved!

Congratulations to all the following businesses who have met our high environmental standards in 2011!

Visit their listings in our Green Business directory.

 

A. Maciel Printing J&V CATERING Inc.
BAR Architects James Hill Architect
Beausoleil Architects Langley Investment Properties
Bite Communications Liberated Spaces
Cappa and Graham Lindsay Toscano Architect
Cartridge World Live Local Card
Cirios Real Estate Locally Grown Weddings
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP NaturEner USA, LLC
CompoClay Newcomb Anderson McCormick, Inc.
CSDA Architects One Block Off the Grid
Eth-Noh-Tec Pattern Energy Group LP.
Etta + Billie Perkins + Will
Existing Conditions Drafting Q-Architecture, Inc.
Farallon Geographics RIM Architects
Farella Braun + Martel Rock+Feather Creative
fit BERNAL fit Rossmann and Moore, LLP.
Gelfand Partners Architects Save the Redwoods League
Geographic Expeditions scout sustainable design
Glick & Associates Small Potatoes Catering & Events
GoodGuide STUDIOS Architecture
Green Depot SUJO design inc.
Green Pawz The Law Office of Doug Bend
Guttmann & Blaevoet Urban Fauna Studio
Huntsman Architectural Group VSCpr

05 January 2012

Be part of the growing Green Business movement in California!

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DTSC Video about California Green Business Programs

Did you know the San Francisco Green Business Program is part of an even larger California Green Business Network (CAGBN)?  With support from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the San Francisco Green Business Program, and other government run Green Business Programs around the state make up the growing green business community in Califorinia.

With the passing of AB 913 that was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October 2011, all government run Green Business Programs that are part of the CAGBN are certified programs of the state. 

What does this mean to you as a recognized Green Business or a business interested in pursuing Green Business recognition?  It means that by meeting the high environmental standards set by the San Francisco Green Business Program, you are officially recognized not only by the City & County of San Francisco but by the state of California!

Learn more by checking out the video posted by the DTSC here.

06 December 2011

SF Department of Environment Holiday Open House December 6, 2011!

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Come visit SF Environment to start off your holidays with a party!

SF Department of Environment Holiday Open House December 6, 2011!

Please come join the SF Green Business Program team and the SF Department of Environment staff for our holiday open house tomorrow, December 6, 2011 at 5:30pm at the EcoCenter at 11 Grove St., San Francisco 94102.

Stop by to meet and greet with staff from all the divisions in the SF Department of Environment.  Learn about all the great and exciting work happening here while munching on yummy free treats and drinks.

Enjoy the start of the holiday season with some Green cheer!

 

05 November 2011

Make the deadline to become a recognized Green Business of 2011!

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We can assist you to become a recognized Green Business

Make the deadline to become a recognized Green Business of 2011!

Calling all in process businesses! Have you had your site visit? Received your final list of To Dos? Met all compliance requirements? And are sooo close to completing the recognition process? Well get on your feet, get the ball rolling, and connect with the SF Green Business Program again! If you are able to complete the Green Business recognition process by December 31, 2011 with compliance and full verification, you can be including as a 2011 recognized Green Business. Our annual awards reception is just around the corner in January and you too can be one of the amazing businesses receiving our Green Business Award plaque. Contact Anna Frankel, Green Business Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kevin Kumataka, Green Business Associate (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to touch base about your business. We are both here to help your business complete this process by December 31, 2011 so you may be included in this prestigious awards reception. Please contact us so we may best assist you to become a recognized Green Business of the City & County of San Francisco!

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