08 July 2014

Be awarded for being an environmental all-star!!

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Apply and/or nominate someone today!

Are you or your organization or business doing something great for the environment? Do you know a person or organization that is? If so, there is still time to apply for the 2014 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards Program or nominate someone for the International Green Industry Hall of Fame.

20 March 2014

Goal to Reduce Water Usage by 10%

Posted in In The News

Learn tips and strategies to conserve water

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) officially asked all customers of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System to voluntarily curtail water consumption. The goal is to reduce overall usage by 10%. While last month's storms brought much needed rain and snow to our region, they did little to address the lack of precipitation over the past few years. Precipitation at Hetch Hetchy to-date is still only 34.7% of annual normal precipitation.

Even though San Francisco has low per capita water usage relative to other areas, everyone should continue to conserve water as the best way to protect our vital water supply.

Here are three major upgrades you can do at your home and business to save water:

  1. Replace your old toilet, the largest water user. New high-efficiency toilet models flush at 1.3 gallons or less compared to older models, which use up to 7 gallons per flush. Cash rebates are available!
  2. Replace your old dishwasher with an Energy Star qualified model to save an average of 1,300 gallons of water over its lifetime.
  3. Install low flow aerators on bathroom and kitchen sinks to reduce indoor water use by ~4%. Free aerators are available!

And don't forget about all the ways to save water that don't require a toolbox - take shorter showers, turn off the faucet when not in use, and only run your clothes and dishwashers with full loads. All these little steps can add up to a lot of water!

Click here for more tips from the SFPUC.

12 March 2014

Last Chance to Receive Incentives for Lighting Controls!

Posted in In The News

Contact SF Energy Watch today

Beginning on July 1, 2014, important changes to Title 24 Building Code will take effect, which include stricter energy–efficiency standards that will impact SF Energy Watch’s qualifying energy efficiency products for incentives. If you have been considering installing lighting controls in your building, now is the time to contact SF Energy Watch. Particularly, bi-level lighting parking and garage lighting have potential to generate significant energy savings. Take advantage of these valuable incentives while there is still time! To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/1fe4QSm.

12 February 2014

SF Green Business Boot Camp - Session #1: WASTE

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Get into green shape with our new workshop series

Do you want to get your business into green shape, but just haven’t had the time to work on your SF Green Business recognition process? Introducing our new hands-on “boot camp” workshop series to help you work through the process! We will hold sessions every other month focusing on a different section of the checklist. There will be 4 sessions in total – waste, energy, water and pollution prevention. Come to all 4 sessions and receive a special (of course, reusable) gift bag!

Topic:  Waste - Diversion, Source Reduction & Purchasing

Who:   All aspiring SF Green Businesses

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:30-11:30am

Where: SF Dept of Environment Office, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200

Click here to sign up. Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:00pm. Space is limited!

(Or copy/paste: www.sfgreenbusinessbootcamp1.eventbrite.com)


What to Bring:

  • Photo ID to present at lobby security desk
  • Laptop (Note: A few laptops will be available for those who do not bring their own.)


What to Expect:

  • Short review of the waste section from the office/retail checklist followed by a working session
  • Prepare to work during the working session. Our team will help you fill out the waste section of the checklist, answer questions, share ideas and resources, and help you identify next steps.
  • All sectors, including offices, restaurants/caterers, hotels, dentists, etc., are encouraged to attend.


For more info please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

11 February 2014

8th Annual Green Business Awards Reception

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A celebration of our newest SF Green Businesses

On January 30, 2014, the San Francisco Green Business Program honored the 56 newly recognized San Francisco Green Businesses of 2013 at our annual awards reception. Congratulations to each of them for working so hard to meet such high environmental standards!


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04 January 2014

Congratulations to our 56 recognized Green Businesses of 2013!

Posted in Member News

Great job recognized Green Businesses!

We would like to say congratulations to our 56 recognized Green Businesses of 2013!  We celebrate your dedication, hardwork, and support of Green Business!

Check them all out on our green business directory.

ARTÉMIA Communications, Inc. Bi-Rite Market Divisadero
Opower EDesignC Incorporated Engineering Design Collaborative
GCL Solar Energy Inc. Behmke Reporting and Video Services, Inc.
URS Aquarium of the Bay
Dogpatch Biofuels Keetsa Eco-Friendly Mattress
EOS Climate Triage Consulting Group
RISE-AND-SHINE STUDIO Chloe Fine Arts Gallery
Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP Greener Cleaners
William Duff Architects SRT Consultants
Mission Motor Company Triple Tree
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Barkley Court Reporters
Heath-Newton LLP The Rosebud Agency
Earthjustice Genability
Greenhome.com metro services
TheGreenOffice.com Pier2 Marketing
Global Exchange Fair Trade Store Jamber Wine Pub
Global Gourmet Catering Pollinator Partnership
Gast Architects Upsolar America, Inc.
Bedrock 3Degrees
REACH The Future 450 Architects
Champsee Solutions One Pot Kitchen
Everything Eco-Store Nature Trip
Alter Eco Americas, PBC Mazzetti
Flowers of the Month Club Signature Home Cleaning
AECOM San Francisco Japan Janitorial Service Group
Cypress Private Security Cook & Company, CPA
McCown & Evans LLP Thirsty Bear

05 December 2013

Galleria Park Hotel Green Business Case Study

Posted in Member News

Learn what this Union Square boutique hotel is doing to be green!

As a recognized SF Green Business since 2009, Galleria Park Hotel implemented many green initiatives that are both financially and environmentally beneficial. Click on the link below to see highlights of their work in energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention.

All of these practices help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 600,000 lbs a year!

Galleria Park Hotel Case Study

For more information on the SF Green Business Program, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


05 November 2013

Green Meet & Greet in the Financial District

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We love to catch up with our Green Business community! Thanks to everyone who came out for a fall lunch at Crocker Galleria. Make sure you look out for our next event!

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23 August 2013

Green Business Mixer at Elixir A Success

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A big thanks to Elixir, one of our SF Green Businesses in the Mission, for providing a great venue for our networking mixer on Wednesday, August 21! We had a great turnout from our business community.


The SF Green Business team holds networking mixers just for our recognized and in-process Green Businesses every couple of months. Be sure to come out next time to meet and network with likeminded people in your community over a few drinks!


17 August 2013

ThirstyBear Brewing Energy Case Study

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Check out ThirstyBear Brewing's New Energy Case Study

The SF Energy Watch team put together a great new case study on one of our SF Green Businesses, ThirstyBear Brewing Co. They retrofitted their entire 18,000 sq ft restaurant to LED lighting for an annual savings of $16,123 and payback time of only 9 months! To help them cover the costs, they received an incentive through SF Energy Watch for over $10,000! 

If you want to find out how to be more energy efficient and save, contact SF Energy Watch at (415) 355-3769 (sfenergywatch.org).

For more information on the SF Green Business Program, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .