Safer Practices

The use of chemical products are not always necessary and safer alternatives exist that work just as effectively. We are healthier when we reduce our exposure to chemical products in our homes and gardens, schools, workplaces and businesses. We have developed strong standards to help you make informed decisions when looking for environmentally-friendly products.


Pesticide Criteria for Green Buildings & LEED Compliance 
San Francisco’s criteria for identifying least-toxic (Tier III) pesticides, used by green building professionals nationwide seeking certification under the LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EBOM) standard.  


San Francisco's Reduced-Risk Pesticide List
For pest control professionals working on SF City & County properties (NOT for LEED compliance).


SF Approved List
The City & County of San Francisco’s definitive  catalogue of environmentally friendly products.  Contract language and best practices are also provided for some services.


Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network
Information on best management practices for a wide variety of activities, including topics such as janitorial services, auto repair, furniture manufacturing, and printing. Check both the “Resources” and the “Topic Hubs.”