Audio Visual (AV) Consultants is a Certified Green Business in Alameda County specializing in video production and editing. AV Consultants is reducing waste by using only recycled content “re-sleeves” for their CDs and DVDs. They also feature examples of their work online rather than mailing-out informational packets. AV Consultants uses web-based correspondence and production, editing and distribution of all the videos produced. Videos during the posted on YouTube to promote video sharing, while also reducing any waste that a hard copy CD would produce.
A group of 16 Menlo-Atherton High School students, from Atherton, CA, created “Behavior Change or Climate Change”, a curriculum used to educate students about harmful greenhouse gas emissions, lasting five weeks. The program consisted of four 50 minute presentations taught to freshmen by fellow upperclassmen on topics like energy efficiency, food, transportation and the subsequent effects on the climate. In the past three years, 16 classes received presentations, reaching over 500 students.
Citadel Environmental, an eco-friendly health and safety firm, is green inside and out. Not only is a sustainable lifestyle promoted, but its environmentally friendly office spaces feature innovative ecological design solutions that reduce operating costs, energy use, water consumption, and it’s carbon footprint. Citadel’s office building has been fully remodeled into a first-class, sustainable office with the goal of achieving a LEED® Platinum rating, as well as becoming the first privately held LEED® certified building in Glendale.
Tropical Traders Specialty Foods, LLC, which produces the Royal Hawaiian Honey line, decided it could have a positive impact on climate change.
Norton’s Green Cleaners is leading the way in alternative dry cleaning methods by reducing their chemical waste and installing energy efficient upgrades. Norton’s Green Cleaners opened in 1971 as a dry cleaning service using the ‘less than environmentally-friendly’ perchlorethylene (chlorinated) solvent for over twenty years. In 2005, Norton’s made the change to 100 percent professional wet cleaning, thereby eliminating all chemical waste, as well as expensive and inefficient equipment.
The coastal community of Santa Cruz, California has created a climate action plan that drastically reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through solar energy projects and green building renovations, along with numerous other conservation and energy efficiency strategies.
Santa Cruz has conducted multiple emission inventories to determine which sectors could achieve the greatest emissions reductions. Efforts were then prioritized by opportunities for saving, like building efficiency improvements, system upgrades, or a decrease in wasteful water and energy use.
As an environmental consulting firm, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. has adopted a “walk the talk” philosophy. They have undertaken efforts to implement practical and measurable green building design, construction, operation, and maintenance practices recognized by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the U.S. Green Building Council. The firm’s new office building in Pasadena, California serves as a model of sustainable design and has inspired visitors to incorporate green building principles into their own projects.
Recon Recycling, LLC is located in the Barrio Logan community of San Diego. Recon Recycling provides waste diversion and customized recycling programs for multi-family households, offices, restaurants and bars, retail properties, and events throughout San Diego County. Recon shares their green tactics by offering environmental consulting to companies interested in practicing sustainable business methods.
As the largest county in the United States, San Bernardino is leading the way as an environmentally conscientious region. The enactment of water saving ordinances and a willingness to retrofit outdated buildings are ways San Bernardino facilitates conservation within its vast and unique desert ecosystem.
A large metropolitan area centered in the San Joaquin Valley, the city of Fresno is dedicated to lowering green house gas (GHG) emissions and preserving the surrounding natural landscape. Through the Fresno Green 2025 General Plan, Fresno is committed to making a positive impact upon the environment by encouraging the use of clean energy and alternative fuels for vehicles.
Hero Arts, Inc. has a history of sustainability that dates all the way back to the mid-70s when founder Jackie Leventhal kicked off the business. Since then, her mission has been to design products that represent self expression, all while protecting the planet and preserving its natural resources.
Anni Tilt and David Arkin began their northern California based architecture firm with a commitment to both designing and operating sustainably. Their expertise lies in designing beautiful buildings using alternative construction systems including building with straw-bale and rammed earth, renewable energy systems, greywater, and non-toxic and recycled materials.
As soon as their kids were off to college, Karen and Al decided to downsize and move out of their large family home and settled into the idea of a home with a smaller, sustainable footprint. They explored the possibilities of buying an existing home and renovating it to fit their new lifestyle and eco-friendly inclinations. With lower real estate prices, mortgage rates, available rebates for energy-efficiency upgrades and appliances, and affordable design and construction companies, the decision was an easy one for them to make.
Meet the husband and wife green team — Marco Pietschmann and Bettina Limaco. Together the two started their small business, Green11, as part of their vision for the future of shopping. Green11 isn’t your average retailer. The duo has implemented a new retail model that minimizes consumer packaging, thereby significantly reducing waste from the traditional supply chain. This is all done through a revolutionary concept called the “closed-loop distribution model.”
For Advanced Transit Dynamics (ATDynamics), helping trucking companies cut fuel costs is how it gives back to Mother Nature. A small business dedicated to developing the best-in-class technology for the freight transportation industry, ATDynamics works with carriers throughout North America to reduce their carbon footprint. One way it has accomplished this is through its flagship product, the TrailerTail®. In 2010, more than 480 of these devices were installed on the back of tractor-trailers, saving more than 36,000 gallons of diesel.
Zan Media, San Francisco Bay Area film and video production specialists, caught the green buzz when producing their recent documentary on the California wine business, “A State of Vine”. Says partner/producer Christine Scioli, “We devoted a segment of the documentary to sustainability and saw time and time again the efforts made in the wine industry to become environmentally sensitive. It dawned on us that we took similar steps in the film and video business by becoming a 100 percent digital production company.”
Petaluma-based label printing enterprise and sticker manufacturer, Paragon Label and Mrs. Grossmans, are committed to producing the highest quality products for their customers in the most sustainable manner possible. Paragon Label and Mrs. Grossmans have been involved in conserving and recycling for more than a decade. Their green business philosophy is to continually improve and seek out innovative new options to reduce their carbon footprint.
Since 1932, Midland School has embraced a mission of distinguishing needs from wants at the core of its rigorous college preparatory education. Beginning in 2004-05, consecutive sophomore classes have helped to install a photovoltaic (PV) array on campus. As of 2010, the arrays total 20-kilowatt (KW) DC and meet almost 20 percent of the campus’ communal electricity needs.
In 2005 the Kentfield School District— consisting of Bacich Elementary School (K-4) and Kent Middle School (5-8)— became the first public school district in California to be 100% solar powered. The solar systems provide enough power to eliminate the electricity costs at both schools, and have been operating maintenance free for over four years. Each year the systems have been operating, they have saved the district $95,000 in avoided electricity costs. Recently, the U.S.
Chartwell School, an independent day school serving grades K through 12, has demonstrated its dedication to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through its leadership in high performance school design and operations. Chartwell is committed to creating the best possible learning environment for students by providing exceptional daylighting, outdoor views, good indoor air quality, and thermal comfort. The campus is energy efficient, conserves water, is healthy, comfortable, well lit, and contains the features needed for quality education.