These businesses joined 198 businesses already recognized in this program which is managed by the San Francisco Department of the Environment
Yesterday the San Francisco Green Business Program awarded 54 local San Francisco businesses with Green Business Recognition. Each recognized business went through an extensive checklist to improve its operations for sustainability, from minimizing waste to utilizing less toxics products to energy and water efficiency measures.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health and Public Utilities Commission both support the Green Business Program through their incentives and services, and operated by the Department of the Environment.
The Green Business Program has been helping businesses adopt environmental practices that are sustainable as well as profitable since 2006. Department of the Environment staff provide technical assistance for the program’s stringent criteria, and conduct outreach in order to publicly recognize and promote Green Businesses, including a seal which customers can look for.
“The Green Business Program continues to be a successful collaboration not only among our City departments but also between the public and private sectors,” said Melanie Nutter, Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment. “These recognized businesses are the key to our city’s sustainability as well as the engine of our local economy.”
“Congratulations to all the local businesses which have been recognized by the Green Business Program,” said Anna Frankel, Green Business Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment. “They are leaders in our community and demonstrate every day that profits and sustainability can go hand in hand. We need these leaders, so I ask our city’s shoppers to please look for the Green Business Seal and reward our local businesses for doing the right thing for our community and our environment.”
Incredible Adventures,a local tour company and Green Business, not only complies with the program’s general checklist, but powers all its vehicles with 100% biofuel.
"It's so important that people get out and explore our world, but we all need to learn to travel more responsibly. Incredible Adventures brings visitors to Yosemite National Park and Muir Woods National Monument every day, and we know that tourism is a strong factor in whether these places continue to thrive, both economically and ecologically. We calculate that we've run over 2 million miles of tours on biodiesel, and have offset 65,000 barrels of oil in that time. We're showing people that you don't have to travel at the expense of the environment - there's another way,” said Jessa Venegas, Sales and Marketing Director, Incredible Adventures.
Dogpatch Biofuels is San Francisco's only public high-blend biodiesel filling station and a Green Business, is committed to building a post-petroleum transportation infrastructure serving everyone from individual retail customers to commercial fleets.
“We are very proud to become a certified SF Green Business because the program echoes our core values for existing as a company, in our shared efforts to preserve our fragile environment,” said Andrew Pannell, Operations Manager, Dogpatch Biofuels.
To see the complete list of San Francisco Green Businesses and to learn more about the Green Business program, visit sfgreenbusiness.org.