The Bay Area Green Business Program serves small to medium-sized businesses in the nine Bay Area Counties.
We have standards for auto services, printing, hotels, restaurants, landscape design and maintenance, remodeling, garment cleaning (wet cleaning or CO2 systems exclusively
), dentists, wineries, janitorial services, offices and retail shops.
Other businesses may be eligible. Contact your county coordinator
for more information.
Use the links below to learn more:
Green Business Standards
The Green Business Standards presented below define what a business
or public agency must achieve to be certified green. Businesses
in over 20 different industries, including auto repair shops, printers, hotels,
restaurants, landscapers, wineries, janitorial and laundry services, grocery
and retail stores, home remodelers, attorneys, architects, engineers, gift
services, and a variety of office and home-based businesses, have successfully
met the standards and are now recognized as
Bay Area Green Businesses.
There is great flexibility in how the standards can be achieved.
The Green Business Program Checklists provide additional information
and suggested implementation measures. Measures previously implemented
will be considered towards achievement of standards. Participants can
request alternatives or exemptions for measures which are not feasible
for their company.
If your business is located in a participating county, and you want
to join the growing list of certified green businesses contact your county coordinator.
To be a green business, first bring your operations into
with all environmental
regulations. Then go beyond compliance to meet the
general practices and targeted resource conservation and pollution prevention
which are summarized below.
- Track water and energy usage and solid and hazardous waste generation.
- Adopt a written environmentally preferable (or green) purchasing policy.
- Establish a 'green team' that can help guide efforts to green your business.
- Provide three on-going incentives or training opportunities to encourage management and employee participation.
- Inform your customers about your efforts to meet the Green Business Standards.
- Assist at least one other business in learning about the Green Business Program and encourage them to enroll.
Resource Conservation and Pollution Prevention
- Monitor water bills for sudden rises in use, and contact your water company should this occur.
- Regularly check for, report, and repair leaks.
- Install low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads.
- Use dry methods for outdoor cleanup.
- Install toilets that use 1.6 gallons per flush or less.
- Implement 2 additional recommended water conservation measures.
Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling
- Conduct a waste reduction assessment of solid waste streams. &
- Implement solid waste reduction and recycling measures:
- Reduce waste in 7 different ways, including eliminating use of individual water bottles and Styrofoam, and setting printers and copiers to duplex.
- Reuse materials in 3 ways.
- Provide containers at convenient locations and recycle cardboard, newspapers, office/mixed papers, glass, metal, plastics and 1 additional material.
- Purchase paper with at least 30% and paper towels with at least 35% post - consumer content and at least 2 other recycled-content products.
- Conduct regular maintenance on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration systems at least twice a year.
- Save energy in 7 ways, including required installation/use of more energy-efficient light fixtures, task lights, and exit lights.
- Conduct an annual assessment of your facility to identify ways to prevent pollution.
- Check labels for cleaning products, building maintenance and other materials and seek safer alternatives.
- Properly store and recycle or dispose of all hazardous wastes.
- Implement pollution prevention measures:
- Implement 7 measures in and around the facility, including required measures such as:
- Ensure only rain enters the storm drain.
- Keep dumpsters covered.
- Direct water from outdoor washing of mats and vehicles to sanitary sewer.
- Hire BASMAA-certified cleaners for washing outdoor areas.
- Reduce chemicals used in 8 ways, including required measures such as:
- Use low-toxic cleaning products such as those that meet Green Seal certification standards.
- Replace aerosols with pump dispensers, if available.
- Eliminate products that contain anti-bacterial agents such as Triclosan.
- Reduce or eliminate use of pesticides by implementing Integrated Pest Management.
- Reuse or recycle all "Universal Wastes" (fluorescent tubes and bulbs; batteries; electronics), plus two additional potential pollutants.
- Join the Spare The Air program (www.sparetheair.org) and implement 2 additional measures to reduce vehicle emissions.