Businesses Served

The Bay Area Green Business Program serves small to medium-sized businesses in the nine Bay Area Counties.

We have standards for auto services, printing, hotels, restaurants, landscape design and maintenance, remodeling, garment cleaning (wet cleaning or CO2 systems exclusively), dentists, wineries, janitorial services, offices and retail shops.

Other businesses may be eligible. Contact your county coordinator for more information.

Use the links below to learn more:

General Standards
Auto Repair

Becoming a Green Auto Repair Shop

A mechanic at M. Service in Walnut Creek uses 
environmentally-friendly drip pans.

It's Easy

"Pam Evans made it so easy. There is no reason not to sign up. She helped us save time on the compliance part and the program is free, unlike hazardous waste programs with manuals and monthly retainers costing $200-1500 a month." That's what Dana Meyer of Dana Meyer Foreign Car Service in Albany had to say about his shops turning green.

How can auto repair shops "green" their businesses? First bring their operations into compliance with all environmental regulations, then adopt pollution prevention and resource conservation practices. The program checklists offer a variety of options for meeting program standards. Here are some examples of what you can do.

Top Ten Green Auto Repair Practices

Good Housekeeping & Pollution Prevention

  1. Minimize the liquids you use and discharge. Clean up spills immediately and use dry clean-up practices.
  2. Cut out the use of absorbent (kitty litter, rice hulls, and dry sweep). Instead use a squeegee and dust pan or an oil mop.
  3. Replace your petroleum naphtha solvent sink with an aqueous-based sink or parts washer.

Solid Waste Reduction

  1. Order recycling containers for newspapers, cardboard, plastic, and glass.
  2. Order motor oil, anti-freeze, and other fresh fluids in bulk, rather than in multiple, individual containers.
  3. Eliminate the use of spray cans. Replace with brake cleaning sinks or refillable spray containers

Energy Savings

  1. Replace T-12 bulbs and fixtures with T-8s whenever feasible to produce good lighting with lower energy use.
  2. Install timers or motion sensors to shut off lights in rooms that are not in constant use throughout the work day.

Water Savings

  1. Eliminate unnecessary car washing. For exterior cleaning use only plain water or prevent soapy water from entering a storm drain.
  2. Check your water bill monthly to look for and investigate spikes in use that may indicate a leak in your plumbing.