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Green Business Resources

Green Business Program Network
Local Resources & Partners
Regional, State & National
Industry Specific & Professional Organizations

Green Business Program Network

Bay Area Green Business Program
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Local Resources & Partners

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Regional agency that regulates air pollution

Business Environmental Alliance
Informs the local business community about real bottom-line profits obtained from responsible environmental practices and connects businesses interested in implementing voluntary environmental improvements to resources

City of Santa Rosa
Catalogs the water conservation efforts of the City of Santa Rosa and provides information on rebates available to residents

Pacific Gas & Electric
Supplies information on energy efficiency and conservation, offers rebates and provides tools to analyze energy use

Santa Rosa - Build It Green
Santa Rosa – Build It Green (SR-BIG) is a voluntary program to promote environmental protection through building and remodeling with a more sustainable approach. The program offers workshops and certifies remodeling projects and new construction projects.

Santa Rosa Environmental Projects
Info about residential and commercial energy and water efficiency projects

Solar Sonoma County
Solar Sonoma County is a nonprofit solar advocacy organization offering services to help homeowners and businesses go solar and workshops for everyone from the interested consumer to the industry professional.

Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services
Agency responsible for the administration of the County’s Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) programs

Sonoma County Energy Watch
This local government partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company provides free energy audits, rebates, incentives and financing options for small businesses, nonprofit organizations and municipalities.

Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
Provides resources on hazardous waste disposal and recycling

Sonoma County Water Agency
Provide tips on water conservation and information on local water providers and their projects

Sonoma Valley Green Business Program
The Sonoma Valley Green Business Program is a self-certification program run by the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce

Regional, State & National

AccessGreen Directory
Search the directory to locate suppliers and service providers of green building products within the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Anaheim. Listed products must meet criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation or indoor environmental quality consistent with measures referenced in various Green Building Guidelines. Managed by Build It Green.

Acterra Business Environmental Awards
Awards highlight and honor innovative programs and outstanding achievements that contribute to a sustainable Bay Area

Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition (BAYROC)
A coalition of Bay Area cities, counties, and organizations working to bring better awareness and understanding about environmental concerns throughout the Bay Area

California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)
Provides technical information on solid waste management, including information on markets for recycling materials

Climate Protection Campaign
Regional advocate for reducing the greenhouse emissions of households, businesses, and communities

Co-op America
Its Green Business Program provides networks, resources, and technical assistance for socially and environmentally responsible businesses.

Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Site provides guide to programs, policies, and laws concerning the handling of hazardous wastes.

Energy Star Small Business Program
Energy Star is a federal program that seeks to improve environmental quality through the reduction in energy use by providing technical support, educational information, and energy conservation guidance to small businesses.

A non-profit organization which provides access to thousands of online environmental resources

EPA Climate Change Site
Offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments

Product Stewardship
Offers a product-oriented approach to environmental protection

Green Seal
An independent, non-profit organization that identifies and promotes products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize global warming and ozone depletion
Online resources for businesses looking for information on environmental practices, reference to other green business websites and government programs for businesses

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Provides information about the voluntary standards created by the U.S. Green Building Rating System  for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings

Our Water Our World
Assists consumers in managing home and garden pests using less-toxic methods that help protect the environment

Pacific Gas & Electric Energy Center
Offers technical assistance, training on energy conservation and efficiency, and information on incentive programs for businesses
Developed by Alameda County, this site provides information on environmentally preferable purchasing and even supplies a model green purchasing policy
Online community for green businesses providing information on sustainable investing, green investing, and clean tech investments

U.S. EPA Performance Track
Recognizes facilities that consistently meet legal requirements and have implemented high-quality environmental management systems

WaterSense: Efficiency Made Easy
The US EPA’s Water Use Efficiency Program supports efficient water use in the commercial and educational sectors

Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network (WRPPN)
Clearinghouse for links to information on pollution prevention programs, organized by region, industry sector and services offered

Industry Specific & Professional Organizations

Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR-GreenLink)
National information clearinghouse to help automotive professionals save time and protect the environment

EPA Region 9: Pollution Prevention and for Auto Repair and Fleet Maintenance
Provides links to fact sheets and documents offering technical assistance in dealing with items such as aqueous parts cleaning, floor cleanup, and oil water separators

Printer’s National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
EPA and private industry partner effort offering compliance assistance and pollution prevention information

The Teleosis Institute
An educational not-for-profit organization devoted to Green Health Care - sustainable medical practices that are good for you and your local environment. The Institute is a certified member of the Bay Area Green Business Program. Teleosis assists health care providers in greening their offices.

Thimmakka’s Resources for Environmental Education – Green Restaurant Program
Thimmakka’s is an environmental education organization focused on providing community resources. Thimmakka’s green restaurant program works with members to improve environmental performance. Certified as a Bay Area Green Business, Thimmakka’s has helped restaurants achieve Bay Area Green Business Program certification.