Regional, State and National Resources

  • 511.org
    A free phone and Web service that consolidates information about the Bay Area's public transportation services, carpool and vanpool referrals, bicycling routes and more. 511 is managed by a partnership of public agencies led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the California Highway Patrol, and the California Department of Transportation.

  • Acterra Business Environmental Awards
    Awards highlight and honor innovative programs and outstanding achievements that contribute to a sustainable Bay Area.

  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District
    Regional agency that regulates air pollution.

  • Bay Area Recycling Outreach Coalition (BAYROC)
    A coalition of Bay Area cities, counties, and organizations working to bring better awareness and understanding about environmental concerns throughout the Bay Area.

  • California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB)
    Provides technical information on solid waste management, including information on markets for recyclable materials.

  • CalMAX
    A free, online materials exchange service designed to help businesses, organizations, local governments, industry, schools, and individuals find markets for nonhazardous materials that may otherwise be discarded.

  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers
    works with family farmers throughout the state to promote sustainable agriculture. They have an online resource, which provides local food information and sourcing options. Additionally, their Growers Collaborative Distribution system is working to link farmers with more direct markets.

  • Cool California Small Business Toolkit
    A one-stop shop of guidance and resources to help small businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money.

  • Co-op America
    Its Green Business Program provides networks, resources, and technical assistance for socially and environmentally responsible businesses.

  • Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
    Site provides guide to programs, policies and laws concerning the handling of hazardous wastes.

  • Earth 911
    Provides access to both community-specific and national resources for help on everything from recycling, household hazardous waste, electronics recycling, to environmental education.

  • Energy Star Small Business Program
    Energy Star is a federal program that seeks to improve environmental quality through the reduction in energy use. It provides technical support, educational information and energy-conservation guidance to small businesses.

  • Environmental Finance Center (EFC 9)
    As the Western States Green Business Coordinator, EFC 9 is assisting jurisdictions throughout California and other states to organize and launch Green Business Programs.

  • EPA Climate Change Site
    Offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments.

  • Find Green Garage
    This US EPA-funded site maps auto repair shops throughout the U.S., including Bay Area green busineses, that have been certified "green" by national, state, and local green authorities.

  • Flex Your Power
    $$$ NOTE: Significant rebates and incentives may be offered through your local utility that can help offset up-front costs for many energy- and water-saving measures. Provides an easily searchable database of money-saving rebates, grants, and loans for commercial customers in California.

  • Green Seal
    An independent, non-profit organization that identifies and promotes products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize global warming and ozone depletion.

  • GreenBiz.com
    Online resource center for businesses looking for information on environmental practices, references to other green business websites, government programs for businesses.

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
    Provides information about the voluntary standards created by the U.S. Green Building Rating System® for developing high-performance sustainable buildings.

  • Our Water Our World
    This Website has been developed to assist consumers in managing home and garden pests using less-toxic methods that help protect the environment.

  • Pacific Gas & Electric Energy Center
    Offers technical assistance, training on energy conservation and efficiency, and information on incentive programs for businesses.

  • Small Business Development Center of San Francisco
    SBDC is a federally-funded organization that gives free one-on-one assistance to small businesses. Sign-up today for their new program that gives step-by-step guidance throughout the green business certification process as well as green marketing and strategic assistance. Download this Information Sheet to learn how to access their services.

  • Small Business Energy Alliance
    Provides lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration recommendations and state-subsidized retrofit grants to help small businesses in Napa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano and Lake counties conserve energy.

  • Spare the Air
    Spare the Air was established by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to educate people about air pollution, and how to change their behavior to prevent it. On this site you will find what you can do to prevent pollution, and sign up to be a Spare the Air employer.

  • Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN)
    Clearinghouse for links to information on P2 programs, organized by Region, Industry Sector and Services Offered.