Resources

Use the links in this section to find information to assist you in completing the Green Business checklist in your guidebook.

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General Resources For All Businesses 

Other Green Business Programs

Green Business Programs can be found across the nation.  Please visit their websites and frequent Green Businesses where you live, work and play.

In California

Outside of California

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Regional, State and National Resources

  • California Workforce Investment Board Business Services Resource Catalog - Grants, tax credits, rebates & reimbursements, financing, other funding, other services
  • Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) - Provides technical information on solid waste management, including information on markets for recyclable materials.
  • City of Santa Maria - Go Green
  • 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 community-specific and national resources on recycling, household hazardous waste, electronics recycling, and 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 free technical support, educational information and energy-conservation guidance to small businesses.
  • Flex Your Power - Established in 2001 to promote energy efficiency, FYP is a state agency that can help you find tips, rebates, and services in your area.
  • Get it Green - A site geared toward helping to spread the word about environmental companies, their products, resources, news, and services.
  • GreenBiz.com - Online resource center for businesses looking for information on environmental practices, references to other green business websites, and government programs for businesses.
  • 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 Savings & Rebates - Offers technical assistance, training on energy conservation and efficiency, and information on incentive programs for businesses.
  • South Coast Energy Efficiency Partnership - The SCEEP collaboration between Southern California Edison, and the City of Carpinteria, City of Goleta, City of Santa Barbara, and County of Santa Barbara works to improve energy efficiency in homes, schools, and businesses.
  • Southern California Edison – Customer Technology Application Center
    CTAC offers educational programs and services that help save energy, money and the environment.
  • Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network (WRPPN)
    Clearinghouse for links to information on P2 programs, organized by Region, Industry Sector and Services Offered.
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Industry Specific Resources and Professional Associations

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Products, Services & Organizations

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Solid Waste Reduction 
& Recycling 

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Purchasing 

  • American Chemistry Council, Plastics Division, Recycled Plastics Product Directory to assist public and private sector buyers in locating products made with or packaged in recycled plastic.
  • Biodegradable Products Institute - certifies products as biodegradable.
  • California Green Solutions has an on-line newsletter that shares information on products, services, and incentive programs that can benefit businesses.
  • Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle):
  • Carpet & Rug Institute
  • Green Seal
  • Greenguard - all kinds of interior products like furniture, paints, everything!
  • Energy Star - performance ratings for appliances, heating & cooling, electronics, lighting, and office equipment.
  • EPEAT - evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes.
  • Green Technology - on-line magazine providing information on energy, green building, environmentally preferable purchasing, green chemistry, and green nanotechnology.
  • Recycled Products Cooperative (RPC) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to natural resource conservation with main focus is to encourage the use of recycled copy paper and other office supplies.
  • Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) - an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.
  • Santa Barbara County Directory of Recycled Content Products
  • SF Approved List - Products that meet San Francisco's Health and Environmental Requirements
  • TheGreenOffice.com - a one-stop online retailer featuring over 34,000 green and conventional office products and a comprehensive range of sustainability services designed to make office greening easy and cost effective.
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Energy Conservation 

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Water Conservation 

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Pollution Prevention 

Proper disposal of hazardous materials

Protect our local creeks, streams, and oceans

Protect our air quality

Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change - Greenhouse gas emissions [carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and others] result from a variety of business operations, including transportation, combustion, evaporative loss, and resource usage. To evaluate your business' greenhouse gas emissions, visit one of the following websites:

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