What does it mean to be a certified San Francisco Green Business?
The San Francisco Green Business Program encourages San Francisco businesses to operate in an environmentally responsible manner and recognizes them for their efforts. In order to be recognized as a San Francisco Green Business, a business must meet environmental standards in four areas: waste reduction, water conservation, pollution prevention, and energy conservation. They must also be in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.
San Francisco Green Business program standards are developed by program staff with input from industry experts, utility companies, pollution prevention professionals, City inspectors and trade associations. Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) coordinates the standards development process for the Bay Area. In San Francisco, the standards are further revised to incorporate local ordinances and environmental services available to businesses in the City of San Francisco.
Why did we become a certified San Francisco Green Business?
Becoming a certified San Francisco Green Business demonstrates our unwavering commitment to conserving resources, building community, and maintaining the health and safety of our staff. This certification ensures our environmental practices align with our culture of and deep commitment to environmental sustainability. The certification process took an in-depth look at the practices and methods we employ to conserve energy, water and natural resources, reduce waste, and utilize low-toxic products in our workplace. Joining the San Francisco Green Business Program further connects us with the community of businesses that share our values.
Who is San Francisco Green Business?
The mission of San Francisco Green Business is to help San Francisco businesses adopt environmental practices that are sustainable as well as profitable. They set stringent criteria, provide technical assistance, and publicly recognize and promote Green Businesses with a seal that enables customers to support businesses that align with their values.
The Program is made of up of three City agencies. SF Environment runs the program and is supported by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The San Francisco Green Business Program is a member of the Bay Area Green Business Program and the California Green Business Network.