Combining sustainability with small business is a win-win for business owners and communities. Sustainability is defined as, "the practice of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." In short, sustainability means the ability for your business to endure. While many small business owners understand the benefits of going green, they aren't sure how and where to begin. The following eco-friendly websites for small businesses will help you buy green and work green.
Going green starts by making small choices about your business operation. Little changes can have big payoff in terms of protecting the environment, and can save you money in the process. stages. CLICK HERE for 30 ways to make your business greener.
According to Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the business sector generates more than half of the solid waste in California (approximately 68 percent of waste disposed). While significant commercial recycling already occurs, much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is clean enough to be recycled. To learn more about how businesses can divert waste from landfills, thereby reducing greenhouse gas, click here.
Whether you own your building or are a tenant, you typically need lighting, heating, air conditioning, power for office equipment, and other services to stay in business. With free, unbiased information and technical support from ENERGY STAR, you can more easily improve your company's financial performance by reducing energy waste and energy costs, while protecting the earth's environment. ENERGY STAR has specific information for various small business types: Grocery & Convenience Stores, Healthcare, Home Based Businesses, Lodging, Office, Retail, Restaurants, Service & Product Providers, Small and Medium Sized Manufacturers. CLICK HERE for Energy Star Small Business Guide.
The ENERGY STAR Building Manual is a detailed strategic guide to help you plan and implement profitable energy saving building upgrades. You can maximize energy savings by sequentially following the five building upgrade stages. CLICK HERE for Energy Star Building Manual.
While much of the focus on the environmental practices of companies has focused on large corporations, smaller firms, which make up 98 percent of all companies in the U.S., have a key role to play. Although they may individually be small resource users and waste emitters, they cumulatively are a force, environmentally speaking. Greenbiz.com offers valuable case studies and articles that discuss various topics of the green revolution. CLICK HERE to go to greenbiz.com.
Green America is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on the importance of protecting the environment and establishing a sustainable society. CLICK HERE to go to Green America.
To facilitate voluntary greenhouse gas emission reductions in a cost effective way, a toolkit has been developed to help small businesses save money and limit their environmental impact. This toolkit consists of the following elements: Carbon Footprint Calculator, Money Saving Actions, Case Studies, Rebate$ and Incentive$, Award Program, Informative Resources. CLICK HERE to go to Cool California.
If you are interested in getting your business recognized as a green business, the next step you can take to get started in the program is setting up an appointment for the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership to meet with you at your business. The appointment will be a 30 minute energy consultation where different aspects of your business will be discussed, as well as different level requirements of the program. To speed up the application process, you can apply online on the website, http://sgvenergywise.org/gogreensgv, or you can wait until the meeting for someone in the program to assist you with the process.