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Small Biz Resources

GHG Management and Best Practices

Regional Resources

  • Business Council on Climate Change
    San Francisco Bay Area businesses partnership committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Members share ideas and case studies, identify useful tools, participate in educational forums and establish best practices.
  • Business Environmental Alliance
    Sonoma County resource that promotes the economic benefits of responsible environmental practices and provides resources to enable businesses to implement these measures. Provides useful online resources for all California businesses, including a best practices guide; links to water conservation, energy conservation, and waste management and recycling resources; and links to financial assistance programs.
  • Climate Protection Campaign
    Sonoma County non-profit organization dedicated to advance practical, science-based solutions for achieving significant greenhouse gas reductions. They have business and local government resources.
  • Coachella Valley Green - on Facebook
    Desert Empire non-profit organization designed to help businesses save money, access new sources of capital, and increase market exposure. They provide information about how CV Cities are implementing sustainable strategies and keep you posted as to any programs or tax incentives that you can take advantage of.
  • Ecology Action
    Nonprofit environmental consultancy that provides education technical assistance, and program implementation for initiatives that assist business, governments and individuals to maximize environmental quality and community well being based in the Santa Cruz area.
  • Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Program
    Regional partnership that encourages businesses to adopt environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices. Certifies and promotes businesses that take voluntary actions to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and pollution, recycle and purchase recycled products, improve air quality, and implement green building measures.
  • Sierra Nevada Energy Watch
    A collaboration between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Sierra Business Council dedicated to providing innovative energy efficiency solutions for local governments and businesses in Sierra Nevada communities within PG&E territory. Counties Covered: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yuba.
  • Sustainable Silicon Valley
    Collaboration of businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations identifying and addressing environmental and resource pressures in the Valley.

General Information

  • CA Air Resources Board's Small Business Brochure
    Provides quick information on how to be sustainable and grow your business at the same time.
  • CA Air Resources Board's Small Business Workshop
    This was a free one day workshop held in conjunction with the California Green Summit in Sacramento on March 16, 2010. The workshop focused on small businesses in California wanting to learn about strategies to reduce their climate impact and opportunities in the green economy. Presentations are available at the above link.
  • ENERGY STAR
    Joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
  • Greenbiz.com – Small Business
    Leading online news and information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business success. Includes resources specifically designed for small businesses, including Greening your Business: A Primer for Small Companies.
  • Small Business California
    Proactive, non-partisan business advocacy organization.
  • Treehugger
    One-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

Science

  • Cleantech.Org
    Online incubator for clean technologies and a resource to scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and investors interested in clean technology.
  • Primer on Climate Change Science
    From the National Alliance of Clean Air Agencies, provides a summary of the most important information on climate change science in one document, just 16 pages long.

Communications

  • Greenopolis
    Greenopolis is a social networking site that develops online relations between everyday people, communities, organizations, schools and businesses. As an environmentally-focused social networking site, Greenopolis was created to engage users on green issues so that they might learn, explore and participate in an open dialogue about the present and future of our environment.

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