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:
Becoming a Green Hotel
It's EasyIn May of 2000, Garratt Mansion, in the Gold Coast District of the City of Alameda, became the first hotel to be certified as a Green Business in Alamada County. Innkeeper Betty Gladden had long practiced conservation, conserving energy and water, eliminating harsh chemical cleaners and reducing both household and green waste. Said Gladden, "I do this already, why not have it documented?"
How can hotels "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 Hotel Practices
Good Housekeeping and Pollution Prevention
Solid Waste Reduction
Encourage Green Practices in both Employees and Guests
Conserve Energy and Water
Minimize Food Waste