Sustainability

Programs

Become a greener, more efficient business today. Use the links below to introduce a carpooling program at work, become a green business, or learn about climate protection in the Bay Area. 

Resources for a Better Bay Area

Bay Area Green Business Program 

The Bay Area Green Business Program verifies that businesses meet higher standards of environmental performance. Government agencies and utilities help local businesses comply with environmental regulations and take action to conserve resources, prevent pollution, and minimize waste. The program offers businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance.

Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition (BayROC) 

BayROC is a collaboration of employers working together on waste reduction and “buy-recycled” concepts through a variety of media campaigns which promote personal action and behavior change. Campaigns include:

  • Bring Your Own Bag
  • Done With That Apple? 
  • Ready.Aim.Recyle.

Business Council on Climate Change

Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) is a partnership between San Francisco Bay Area businesses committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a member-driven organization, BC3 is composed of companies of all sizes who are actively committed to implementing their “5 Principles on Climate Leadership.”

Climate Savers Computing Initiative 

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses, and conservation organizations. The organization’s goal is to promote development, deployment, and adoption of smart technologies that can both improve the efficiency of a computer’s power delivery and reduce the energy consumed when the computer is in an inactive state.

Northern California Recycling Association

Northern California Recycling Association is an association of recycling businesses, community groups, municipalities, and individuals committed to promoting, expanding, and institutionalizing recycling. NCRA promotes waste reduction, reuse, salvaging, recycling and composting as vital tools for resource and energy conservation and as cost-effective, environmentally sound methods of disposing of discarded materials.

RecycleWorks

A program of San Mateo County, RecycleWorks primarily provides outreach to all residents and businesses in San Mateo County and oversees waste and recycling services for County facilities and Unincorporated San Mateo County areas. RecycleWorks’ mission is to create, deliver, and promote recycling, composting, waste prevention, procurement, sustainability, and green building programs and outreach for residents, employees, businesses, and visitors.

StopWaste.org

StopWaste.org is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency. StopWaste.org offers a wide range of free waste prevention and recycling services to businesses and public agencies in Alameda County. A sampling includes:

  • The StopWaste Partnership: For businesses or agencies with at least 50 employees, StopWaste helps them reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies.
  • Funding Assistance: For qualifying businesses or organizations, StopWaste offers grants, loans, and financial assistance for programs that help promote waste prevention and recycling.
  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: Encourages employers to purchase items made from recycled products such as copy paper and toner cartridges.

Sustainable San Mateo County

Sustainable San Mateo County is dedicated to educating the community about sustainability, bringing the concepts of sustainability into the mainstream of decision-making countywide, and contributing to the long-term improvement of the local economy, environment, and society. SSMC provides businesses with information on how to be more sustainable and examples of other companies to emulate.

SSMC presents an annual Sustainability Award that recognizes San Mateo County businesses, community groups, and individuals that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to bringing sustainable practices to their work.

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