04 November 2011

Happy Anniversary CompoClay!

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CompoClay: A Building material made of minerals, water, and sand

Happy Anniversary CompoClay!

One of our newest members to the SF Green Business family, CompoClay, is celebrating their one year anniversary! CompoClay provides home accent products, garden décor, and building products made from CompoClay: a material made of minerals, water, and sand. Please, join one of our recognized Green Businesses, CompoClay, for this exciting one year milestone on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 5pm at the CompoClay Showroom and Resource Center located in Crocker Galleria in San Francisco. For details and more information about this celebration, visit www.compoclay.com.

04 November 2011

Mark your calendars for the 2011 Green Festival

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Featuring Green Business Seminars

Mark your calendars for the 2011 Green Festival

The Green Festival is here in San Francisco again this year! November 12-13, 2011 at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th St.) come be part of a nationwide event promoting sustainability and environmental awareness. Visit a host of information booths from the San Francisco Department of Environment, non-profits, universities, businesses and more! Check out vendor booths for green products and services. Drop by one of the stages to listen to renowned speakers, activities, leaders, or just hang out and enjoy some great music and performances. The Green Festival is for everyone so bring your kids to the Green Kids Zone with fun interactive craft projects, face painting, and educational videos. To see the full schedule of events and speakers, visit www.greenfestivals.org.

For all of our Green Businesses and all others who are interested in just learning more about green business, the Green Festival will be also hosting Green Business Seminars. Hear from environmental business leaders on a variety of topics that can help and educate your business about all of the ways it can become greener and better.

03 February 2009

BAR Architects Increases Green Business Practice

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Becomes a Certified San Francisco Bay Area Green Busines

 BAR Architects Increases Green Business Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – February 3, 2009 – San Francisco-based architectural firm, BAR Architects was recently declared a Certified

Green Business by the City of San Francisco after three years of applications, inspections, interviews and enhanced regulations. BAR's dayto-day operations were thoroughly reviewed to assess the firm's internal green business practices including the firm's ongoing efforts energy conservation, pollution reduction and sustainable waste and water use.

In order to be designated as a San Francisco Green Business, a business must be in compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations and implement a minimum number of resource conservation, waste minimization and pollution prevention practices.

Some of BAR's conservation practices include:

  • Providing standard recycling bins as well as those for paper, electronic waste and compost.
  • Double-sided printing is encouraged and paper printed on one side is collected and bound into notepads for internal use..
  • Use of permaware and recycled content paper products including compostable flatware and utensils.
  • Eliminating the use of bottled water.
  • All appliances and electronics are Energy Star rated and lights are controlled with dimmers, timers and/or motion sensors.
  • Over 40% of the firm's technical staff is LEED accredited and BAR provides ongoing education on sustainable design practices.

19 July 2008

San Francisco businesses learn it's easy to be green

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San Francisco businesses learn it's easy to be green

If you think green business practices mean recycling soda cans and reducing paper use, you're not getting the big picture.

All kinds of businesses can apply for the city of San Francisco's green certification, from offices to restaurants, hotels and even dental offices.

Dr. Namrata Patel runs a green dental office in San Francisco, and has been through the city's process for certification, which includes visits from several agencies. Among the ways her office minimizes its impact on the environment:

  • Using digital imaging exposes patients to 90 percent less radiation than X-rays.
  • Steam-based instrument sterilization contains no harmful chemicals and reduces water use.
  • A water filtration system allows for the environmentally sound disposal of old mercury fillings.

02 July 2009

Apparently it is Easy Being Green

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Interview with San Francisco Green Business Urban Fauna Studio

Apparently it is Easy Being Green

Did you know that in addition to running the Bazaar Bizarre and working full-time in science education, Jamie Chan and her husband Blas Herrera also own Urban Fauna Studio, the best little fiber arts shop in San Francisco? It’s enough to make a girl feel downright lazy. Ever the overachievers (and responsible business owners), Blas and Jamie recently went through the process to make UFS a certified green business. Jamie agreed to share their experience with me so we can all become green businesses, too.

First a little background on their business: Urban Fauna Studio sells independently made and eco-friendly craft supplies and tools. They focus on ecologically and socially considerate manufacturing practices, products made in the US and handmade items. They host a growing community of consignment artists and crafters, all of whom are committed to bringing quality handmade goods to their customers. At UFS you can also explore the fiber arts through a revolving series of workshops (see their calendar for details). Blas has a background in environmental science and Jamie is a science educator. Both of them come from families that have long enjoyed the fiber arts, crafting and DIY.

Lauren O. Venell is a product designer in San Francisco, CA.

06 May 2009

Beausoleil Architects Talks About Getting Green Business Certified

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We had a wonderful experience through the certification process

Beausoleil Architects Talks About Getting Green Business Certified

The San Francisco Green Business Program has recently launched their new website where environmentally savvy shoppers can be directed to companies that not only offer green products and services, but whose business have also been certified as meeting green practice goals. From local bars to environmental consultants, from architects to office supplies, from chocolates to dentists, you can find a growing number of firms that have shown their commitment to the environment by going through the program.

Beausoleil was certified as a green business a few months ago and we have been waiting for the new website to proudly announce our certification. Our link can be found under services/architects and engineers/Beausoleil Architects or you can click here: Beausoleil

26 June 2008

A Yearlong Road to Green Certification

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Legal Firm Hanson Bridgett talks about their experience

A Yearlong Road to Green Certification

San Francisco's Hanson Bridgett became a certified green business a few months ago. The process took about a year, and the law firm has had to change the way it did some things.

Many came down to basic human behavior, like convincing people they really didn't need to print that memo or drink water from a plastic throw away bottle. But in other cases, the company had to work closely with building management to fix other things like changing that toilet that seemed to take forever to flush.

Rachel Patterson is Hanson Bridgett's administrative services manager. I recently caught up with Rachel to talk about the experience, as well as a surprise she came across along the way.

08 June 2008

It's becoming much easier to go green

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It's becoming much easier to go green

Leah Oblinger had managed the San Francisco office of Barkley Court Reporters for two years when, in 2006, she decided to turn it green.

Oblinger convinced her bosses to switch to recycled paper for the 10 million sheets they use each year. When the landlord wouldn't pay for new, low-flow toilets, she had the company buy them. She arranged for the firm's computers to be put on timers, so they turn off automatically at 7 p.m.

"Once I found out we had environmental alternatives, everyone got so excited by it," Oblinger said.

Barkley Court Reporters - with eight employees and 200 court reporters on contract through its San Francisco office - is among a growing number of small businesses that are trying to become greener and more environmentally sensitive. These aren't just classic eco-focused businesses like organic food producers or solar power companies. They include everything from neighborhood delis and hardware stores to auto mechanics, law firms, bookkeepers and dentists.

The Bay Area is at the forefront of this trend, thanks in part to a green business certification program coordinated by the Association of Bay Area Governments. One of the few such programs in the country, it has enrolled more than 1,300 small- and midsize businesses since its start in 1996.

In San Francisco alone, applications rose from 136 businesses in 2006 to 312 in 2007. Other counties are seeing double-digit increases in applications, and cities such as Oakland and Berkeley now have long waiting lists of businesses seeking green certification.

The green certification program helps companies figure out what steps to take, and how to do so affordably.

But the initial impetus always comes from within the business - from owners or employees who made it their mission to find greener ways of doing things.

 

21 April 2008

San Francisco to honor local environmentally responsible business leaders on Earth Day

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SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco will honor close to one hundred Green Businesses at a reception hosted by the City's Green Business Program on Tuesday, April 22, from 5-8pm. SF Green Businesses have integrated environmentally responsible practices into their operations and met the City's stringent criteria for conserving resources, preventing pollution, and minimizing waste.

"San Francisco Green Businesses are leading the way in helping the City meet its aggressive Zero Waste and greenhouse gas reduction goals," said Jared Blumenfeld, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

Local businesses from dental practices and architecture firms to restaurants and hotels are demonstrating that green business practices not only protect the environment and create healthier communities, but they often save money and attract customers. To comply with program requirements, businesses recycle and compost, use recycled paper, switch to low-flow toilets and energy-saving bulbs, provide benefits to employees taking public transportation, use less-toxic cleaning products, and more.

"We're saving money on energy and doing our part for the environment, and we enjoy being part of a community of like-minded people," said Art Kane of Toner Cartridge Service in Hunter's Point, a family-owned business that remanufactures toner cartridges. "Green Business is a win-win situation for everybody."

The SF Green Business Program is a partnership of the Department of the Environment, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the Department of Public Health.

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