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.”
Did you know that water-related energy use consumes 19% of California's electricity, 30% of its natural gas, and 88 billion gallons of diesel fuel every year? To reduce your water consumption try some of these tips.
Coming back online in December 2015, you will be able to search our Funding Wizard for grants, rebates and incentives for sustainable projects, all in one place! The Funding Wizard will encompass projects in categories such as energy, air quality and climate change, transportation, urban development, waste management, water, and more. Until then, use the links below to find financial opportunities of interest to you for your small business.
List of incentives and grants -from clean energy to clean vehicles plus other financial resources.
Offers funding opportunities authorized by legislation to assist public and private entities in the safe and effective management of the waste stream.
You can search this online database for financial opportunities from various Federal Agencies.
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Lists current and past solicitations and specific funding information for business, industry, and universities.
Utility-Sponsored Energy Conservation Incentives
- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
- Pacific Gas and Electric
- Sacramento Municipal Utility District
- San Diego Gas & Electric
- Southern California Edison
- Southern California Gas Company
Your Local Water Utility
Local water utilities often have water conservation and rebates programs designed for businesses. Check your city webpage for a link to your water district. Example programs include:
- East Bay Municipal Utility District offers rebates and incentives.
- Santa Clara Valley Water District
- SoCal Water Smart Learn about available rebates for a variety of water efficient equipment.
Small business developers may be interested in funding opportunities available through the Enterprise Green Communities funding program.
- The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is led by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Integrated Waste Management Board. The resulting standards-based curriculum for grades K-12 spans a variety of environmental education topics, including climate change.
Transportation is California's largest source of carbon dioxide gas, the primary contributor to climate change. Cars and trucks that transport goods and people create approximately 38% of total climate change emissions. Driving green saves money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Buildings produce nearly 25% of California's greenhouse gas emissions. A recent cost-benefit study showed that green design saves between $50-70 per square foot, more than ten times the additional cost of building green.
Cost-effective energy efficiency projects can reduce annual utility bills by 20% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.