Green business is becoming business as usual in Pleasanton. Operating your company efficiently saves money, period. Whether you call it clean, lean or green, efficient business practices keep your company current, competitive, and in environmental compliance. Business practices that save waste and resources also improve employee morale, meet community and customer expectations, and increase your chances of attracting positive press coverage. Smart businesses in Pleasanton know that green business is good business.
The green business information below is provided to get you started. You'll find a short description of local business programs and links to more information. Use this information as a check list, or pick the services and organizations that you're most interested in today.
Bay Area Green Business Program
The Alameda County Green Business Program provides hands-on support and recognition to local businesses that operate in an environmentally responsible way. This voluntary program helps small and medium sized busiensses conserve resources, prevent pollution, minimizing waste, and encourages businesses to comply with all environmental regulations. Visit www.greenbiz.ca.gov or contact Pamela Evans at (510) 567-6770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
StopWaste Business Partnership
The StopWaste Business Partnership helps medium and large businesses reduce and prevent waste. They provide a wide spectrum of services and free resources from recycling program consulting, coordination with your waste hauler, grant money for recycling and compost bins, and guides, posters and more. The StopWaste Business Partnership has all of the business resources you need to save money by reducing waste. Download their free business resources online at www.StopWastePartnership.org/FreeResources. Visit their business-friendly site at www.StopWastePartnership.Org, email Partnership@StopWaste.Org or call (510) 891-6500 and ask for the StopWaste Business Partnership team.
Commercial Recycling Services
Pleasanton's "Paper Gobbler" free commercial paper and cardboard recycling program is operated by Pleasanton Garbage Service (PGS). PGS also collects construction and demolition (C & D) materials for recycling. To set up business recycling services call (925) 846-2014 or visit http://pleasantongarbageservice.com/services_com.html
Did you know that collecting your landscaping plant debris and compostables separately from trash helps your business comply with Alameda County's plant debris landfill ban? Visit www.LandfillBan.org for more information.
Buy Green Products
Protect the health of staff, customers and community by purchasing environmentally preferable products (EPP). Consider product attributes such as durability, recycled content, efficient use of packaging materials, toxicity and more. Local agency StopWaste.Org has free EPP guides and factsheets available on topics such as janitorial products, paper and non-paper products, remanufactured toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, biofuels and compostable bioplastic products. Visit www.StopWaste.Org/EPP or email Partnership@StopWaste.Org
City of Pleasanton Conservation and Environmental Resources
- Recycling - The City of Pleasanton has links to many environmental resources online at www.pleasantonrecycles.org
- Solar Energy – Learn about the Tri-Valley Cities Solar Cities Program at www.solarcitiesnow.com/
- Water - The City of Pleasanton Water Division supplies water to Pleasanton businesses and residents. For commercial water saving tips visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/utility/wcp-commercial.html
- Construction - Ensure your construction job will be permitted by following the Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Requirements at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/resident/recycling/debris.asp
Small Business Hazardous Waste
Looking for a way to safely dispose of hazardous materials at reasonable, affordable rates? Businesses that qualify as small quantity generators can dispose of hazardous materials safely, conveniently, and in ways that protect our environment. Learn more and get started at www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=583.
Energy Efficiency & Clean Renewable Energy
Pacific Gas & Electric Company provides energy conservation tips, complete lists of energy efficiency rebates currently available, financing assistance, solar and self-generation information, and free online and on-site assistance to help reduce energy bills. Visit these pages for more information:
- Energy Savings and Rebates - www.pge.com/mybusiness/energysavingsrebates/
- What You Can Do - www.pge.com/mybusiness/environment/whatyoucando/
To contact PG&E’s commercial customer service center call 1-800-468-4743 or email PG&E via the online form at www.pge.com/mybusiness/customerservice/contact/
Pleasanton is a California FIRST Community, where property owners may pay back the cost of energy improvements over time, rather than a single up-front cost. Commercial and residential property owners may receive financing based on the value of the property and their timely payment of property taxes, rather than a personal credit score. Find out more at www.californiafirst.org/index.html
Commercial Green Building
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Northern California Chapter is the on-the-ground force for green building and the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system in Alameda County. The USGBC provides LEED workshops as well as green building tours, networking and educational events. LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building performs across all the metrics of energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Visit www.usgbc-ncc.org/
Bay-Friendly Landscaping is a whole systems approach to the design, construction and maintenance of the landscape in order to support the integrity of the San Francisco Bay watershed. Bay-Friendly landscape professionals can be a part of the environmental solution, while having a competitive edge in the marketplace. Companies can find certified Bay-Friendly landscaping professionals who use practices which can save money by reducing the need for irrigation, fertilizer, green waste disposal and pest control. Visit www.BayFriendly.org
Pleasanton Commendable Commutes & Public Transportation
Pleasanton's Commendable Commutes Program is for companies with 75 employees or more. A win-win for the business and residential community, services include a citywide Guaranteed Ride Home Program, on-site transportation information visits, Try Transit Program, marketing materials, networking opportunities, transportation updates, and citywide recognition. If your company has 75 or more employees and is interested in improving employees' commutes, contact Lisa Adamos, Economic Development Specialist at (925) 931-5039 to join Commendable Commutes. Visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/transportation/commute-information.html for more information.
The Guaranteed Ride Home Program guarantees you a ride home from work when unexpected circumstances arise. Feel comfortable taking the bus, train or ferry, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, or bicycling to work, knowing that you will have a ride home in case of illness, family crisis, unscheduled overtime, or a missed rideshare trip. Participants and their employers must pre-register in the program and there is no cost to employers or employees. For more information or to register in the program, call the hotline at (510) 433-0320 or visit http://www.grh.accma.ca.gov/index.htm
Pleasanton is fortunate to be served by many public transportation agencies. Visit www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/transportation/public-transportation.html for more information.
Spare the Air
Businesses can sign up with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Spare the Air Employer Program for Spare the Air advisories for days on which the Air Quality Index is forecasted to be unhealthy. This program provides employer outreach tools for spreading the word to tenants/employees. Visit www.SparetheAir.org