Green Resources

Why Go Green? 

Savings. Save money from energy efficiency, water conservation and reduced garbage service.  See the Resources table for more information including rebates!

New Customers. Recent studies show people want to do business with companies with green practices.

Better Working Conditions. Green workspaces have higher indoor air quality, improve comfort and increase productivity.

Environmental Benefits. Green companies save natural resources – such as energy and water – and reduce carbon pollution.

Conserve Energy

  • Replace T-12 lights (magnetic ballasts) with T-8 (electronic ballasts).
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs.
  • Reduce the number of fixtures and increase lighting efficiency by installing optical reflectors and/or diffusers.
  • Clean dusty lamps every 6-12 months to improve lumen output.
  • Use daylight controls, photo sensors and/or dimmable ballasts to lower lights and take advantage of daylight.
  • Install motion detector sensors in occasionally occupied areas such as conference rooms and restrooms.
  • Look for ENERGY STAR models when purchasing PCs, monitors, printers, fax machines and copiers.  They have energy saving features such as a ‘power down’ mode. ENERGY STAR models can reduce annual energy costs by as much as 55%.
  • Perform maintenance on HVAC systems at least twice a year; replace air filters and check ducts and pipe insulation for damage.
  • Set the thermostat at 78°F for cooling in the summer and 68°F for heating in the winter.
  • Develop electronic customer database and consider e-mail promotions instead of paper.

Save Water 

  • Install low flow toilets (1.3 gallons or less per flush).
  • Install aerators on faucets.
  • Check for and repair water leaks regularly.
  • Review landscaping watering schedule – reduce frequency if possible.

Reduce Waste

    • Make sure you have a recycling program and ensure your staff is recycling everything accepted in the program.
    • Post recycling signage and regularly check to ensure all paper, cardboard and containers are recycled.
    • Give customers the choice of whether or not they want their purchase bagged. Consider offering a small discount to customers who bring their own bag.
    • Eliminate unnecessary packaging and reuse packaging for outgoing shipments.
    • Donate old or unwanted items instead of landfilling them.
    • Recycle toxic materials properly. State law prohibits disposal of batteries, electronics, cell phones, fluorescent tubes and CFLs in the garbage.
    • Use and maintain durable supplies and equipment. High quality, long lasting supplies and equipment means lower costs in the long run and less garbage.

Buy Green Products 

      • Purchase products made with recycled content and less toxic materials.
      • Request or require vendors to use recycled content materials and consider making it a company policy to encourage or require a minimum 30% recycled content.

General Practices to Green Your Business in Colma

      • 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.

Green Resources for Colma Businesses

      • The Sustainable Business Alliance provides networking and educational events for Bay Area sustainable businesses and promotes the local green economy.
      • The Green Chamber of Commerce is a growing and diverse business network dedicated to promoting the success of its members, supporting the development of sustainable business practices and advocating for a green public policy.
      • The California Product Stewardship Council brings together local government entities, businesses and others to further Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs in California.
      • The California Department of Resource Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) manages California’s waste disposal and recycling efforts.

Resources*

Conserve Energy RightLights Efficient Lighting Program
(650) 210-8547
www.rightlights.org
Provides free on-site professional energy analysis to lower energy bills, and sells and subsidizes efficiency upgrades of lighting and refrigeration systems. (Funded by San Mateo County Energy Watch, C/CAG and PG&E).
PG&E
800.468.4743
www.pge.com/mybusiness
Offers an on-site energy assessment that identifies solar and renewable energy, energy efficiency opportunities and a no cost or low cost action plan. Rebates are available for lighting and other energy efficiency products.
San Mateo County Energy Watch Program
(650) 599-1403
www.smcenergywatch.com
Provides energy efficiency services and incentives to qualifying public agencies, non-profit organizations, residents and businesses.
Save WaterCal Water
(650) 558-7800
www.calwater.com/conservation
Provides free water conservation kits to Cal Water customers. The kit includes free faucet aerators and other water conservation items.
Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)
(650) 349-4000
www.bawsca.org/water-conservation/commercial-users
Provides $100 per toilet rebates to replace low efficiency toilets (uses 3.5 gallons or more per flush) with one having an EPA WaterSense label.
Reduce WasteSan Mateo County RecycleWorks
888.442.2666
www.recycleworks.org
Provides free posters, brochures and educational materials for businesses, including a free Re-use Guide for San Mateo County businesses (for donating furniture, items for schools, etc) available at Recycle Works.
Dispose Hazardous WasteSan Mateo County RecycleWorks
(888) 442-2666
www.recycleworks.org
Gives locations where you can safely dispose of hazardous waste.
San Mateo County Health
(888) 442-2666
www.smchealth.org/vsqg
Join the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSGQ) Program if you have a small business that generates small amounts of hazardous waste (less than 27 gallons per month).
Buy Green ProductsResponsible Purchasing Network
(866) 776-1330
www.responsiblepurchasing.org
Join an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing, or just use their purchasing guides for a range of products and services including a Bay Area focus.
San Mateo County RecycleWorks
(888) 442-2666
www.recycleworks.org
Find out where you can purchase recycled content materials and less toxic materials at Recycle Works.
Learn MoreTown of Colma
650.997.8306
www.colma.ca.gov

Visit Colma Green.

for more information about sustainability programs for businesses or email your questions to recycle@colma.ca.gov.

* Please note these resources are not an endorsement of any service or product and are provided for informational purposes only. Information is subject to change without notice. Please check the websites listed for the most current information available.

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