12 February 2014

SF Green Business Boot Camp - Session #1: WASTE

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Get into green shape with our new workshop series

SF Green Business Boot Camp - Session #1: WASTE

Do you want to get your business into green shape, but just haven’t had the time to work on your SF Green Business recognition process? Introducing our new hands-on “boot camp” workshop series to help you work through the process! We will hold sessions every other month focusing on a different section of the checklist. There will be 4 sessions in total – waste, energy, water and pollution prevention. Come to all 4 sessions and receive a special (of course, reusable) gift bag!

Topic:  Waste - Diversion, Source Reduction & Purchasing

Who:   All aspiring SF Green Businesses

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:30-11:30am

Where: SF Dept of Environment Office, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200


Click here to sign up. Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:00pm. Space is limited!

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What to Bring:

  • Photo ID to present at lobby security desk
  • Laptop (Note: A few laptops will be available for those who do not bring their own.)


What to Expect:

  • Short review of the waste section from the office/retail checklist followed by a working session
  • Prepare to work during the working session. Our team will help you fill out the waste section of the checklist, answer questions, share ideas and resources, and help you identify next steps.
  • All sectors, including offices, restaurants/caterers, hotels, dentists, etc., are encouraged to attend.


For more info please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

11 February 2014

8th Annual Green Business Awards Reception

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A celebration of our newest SF Green Businesses

8th Annual Green Business Awards Reception

On January 30, 2014, the San Francisco Green Business Program honored the 56 newly recognized San Francisco Green Businesses of 2013 at our annual awards reception. Congratulations to each of them for working so hard to meet such high environmental standards!


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05 November 2013

Green Meet & Greet in the Financial District

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Green Meet & Greet in the Financial District

We love to catch up with our Green Business community! Thanks to everyone who came out for a fall lunch at Crocker Galleria. Make sure you look out for our next event!



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23 August 2013

Green Business Mixer at Elixir A Success

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Green Business Mixer at Elixir A Success

A big thanks to Elixir, one of our SF Green Businesses in the Mission, for providing a great venue for our networking mixer on Wednesday, August 21! We had a great turnout from our business community.


The SF Green Business team holds networking mixers just for our recognized and in-process Green Businesses every couple of months. Be sure to come out next time to meet and network with likeminded people in your community over a few drinks!


07 February 2013

7th Annual Green Business Awards Reception

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A celebration of our Green Businesses

We honor our newly recognized Green Businesses of 2012!  Great job!

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07 November 2012

Recent SF Green Business Mixer a Success!

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Recent SF Green Business Mixer a Success!

Green Business Mixer at

Twenty Five Lusk

November 5, 2012


With 35 businesses attending to learn about the SF Green Business Program and network with the growing Green Business community, the SF Green Business mixer was a huge success!

We would like to give a big thank you to one of our newly recognized Green Businesses, Twenty Five Lusk, who provided their amazing bar lounge for the event.  With floating fireplaces and a luxurious atmosphere, businesses dined on Parmesan fries with bearnaise sauce, Bavarian style soft pretzels with exquisite truffle gruyere fondue, and ahi tuna tartare.  Twenty Five Lusk's neighborhood appreciation nights offering complimentary bar bites and seasonal, local cocktail specials are a great reason to continue to frequent this recognized Green Business!

If you missed this mixer, keep in touch with us at the SF Green Business Program for information about the next event.

17 September 2012

End of Summer Event Volunteers Make a Huge Impact!

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Outdoor volunteers restore hidden forest in San Francisco

End of Summer Event Volunteers Make a Huge Impact!



Glen Canyon Park is a hidden gem of San Francisco quietly nested just off the 280 freeway, a couple blocks from Glen Park BART station. On Saturday, September 15, 2012, a few hardy volunteers from the SF Green Business Program and the local Friends of Glen Canyon Park trekked their way into the vast forested space tucked away in this urban city.  One side of the trail is flanked by massive, tall trees; giants reaching into the sky. The other side flanked by solid bluffs of rock where some visitors take rock climbing excursions.

 The volunteers made their way across the foot bridge to find themselves in an open grassy wetlands. The activity of the day was to cut back the encroaching willow so that this rare and vibrant habitat could be sustained. 

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By the end of the volunteer event, the open grassy area was maintained by the hardwork of all who participated.  They were sweaty, tired, scratached, and sore but the volunteers discovered many things.  Besides an old cat skull, the volunteers found a hidden oasis in the middle of the city.  A place where if you walk far enough into the wilderness, the sounds of traffic and urban life fade away, the hurried pace slows, and there is nature all around to be appreciated.


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01 August 2012

Greenbuild Workshop - August 9, 6-8pm

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Free Business Highlight Opportunity

Great Promotion Opportunity for your
Green Business!

Become an SF Green Business and draw 30,000+ Greenbuild attendees through our workshop! 

RSVP to attend now!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

6:00pm to 8:00pm

USGBC-NCC Offices, 130 Sutter St., #600

San Francisco, CA 94104

The US Green Building Council Northern California Chapter (USGBC - NCC) will be sharing the Bay Area's rich and dynamic sustainable resources with Greenbuild conference attendees, encouraging attendees to patronize local green businesses.  In partnership with the San Francisco Green Business Program, the USGBC is offering an opportunity to highlight your Green Business on the USGBC website.  A special informational workshop is being presented on how you can take part with Greenbuild and how Greenbuild can positively impact your business.

Please join your fellow Green Businesses community members at our informational workshop Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at 130 Sutter St., #600. Refreshments will be provided for your enjoyment.  Please feel free to forward this invitation to fellow business members.

Thousands of green building professionals from all over the world will come together in San Francisco, Nov. 14-16 at Greenbuild 2012 for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events.  Make sure you and your business can take advantage of this opportunity to be part of this international environmental event!

For more information please contact Anna Frankel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When: Thursday August 9, 2012 ~ 6:00pm to 8:00pm
San Francisco, CA  94104

30 April 2012

First Ever Green Business Volunteer Event!

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What a success! Green Businesses helping the community!

First Ever Green Business Volunteer Event!

Bright and early, Saturday April 28, 2012, a group of our businesses gathered together at Corona Heights Park to make a difference.  In partnership with the San Francisco Department of Parks and Recreation, the San Francisco Green Business Program, began its first ever volunteer event!

The golden sun shone down on the luscious grass as the crisp blue sky sat as our backdrop.  Over 25 dedicated individuals from various businesses met behind the Randall Museum at the park.  Joe Grey, volunteer coordinator for Parks and Recreation, stepped up to explain to everyone the importance of the work we would be performing today. 

Corona Heights Park is one of many natural areas around the city of San Francisco.  Though in an urban setting, just north of the lively Castro District, the park is home to native plant and animal species.  Nature enthusiasts and city dwellers alike flock to the park for its beauty and stunning views of the city's skyline and bay.

Joe's and his crew do regular trail maintenance and habitat restoration at Corona Heights Park, making sure everyone can continue to enjoy and marvel at the beauty of the park.  And here we were!  A group of green businesses ready to get our hands dirty and break a sweat with the SF Parks and Recreation volunteer program.  Name tags were handed out, sunblock was slathered on, and gloves were pulled on.  We were ready!  

volunteer3A group of volunteers made their way to a green hillside towards the peak of the park to pull out invasive, non-native plants.  The work done here was able to make room for growing native plants as well as increase the amount of resources available to them.  Volunteers spread out amount the hillside pulling out weeds and plants as fast as they could find them.  Nothing was going to stop this habitat restoration train with all their enthusiasm!  Nobody kept count but we put away a lot of buckets of unwanted plants!  Big green thumbs up!

The other group of volunteers steered down the park towards the dog park.  As we hiked down one slope to the bottom of the hill, we faced the other job task: refilling dirt steps that went up the other side of the hill to the peak.  As Joe informed us, during heavy rains, much erosion happens here which destroys the trail steps.  Maintenance now by filling dirt into the steps and tamping it down will help to make a major difference when the rains come.volunteer2

Of course, the only way to get this done was a....bucket brigade!  A group of volunteers lined up from the bottom to the very top of the steps.  Shovels and buckets in tow, it began with one bucket filled and passed up along the line of volunteers.  More buckets filled and passed.  When they reached the top they were dumped and other volunteers tamped down the newly filled step.  Empty buckets then flowed back down the brigade.  We sure did get a workout that day!

volunteer4As the volunteer day came to a close, everyone came back together for a very great lunch provided by one of our recognized Green Businesses:  NYSE Euronext.  Yummy sandwiches, deserts, cookies, fruit, and refreshments were provided and well deserved after our hard day of improving Corona Heights Park.  As this was a green volunteer event, all waste items were collected for recycling and composting as well.

Thank you to all our businesses who attended our event!  You made a difference that day!  GREAT JOB!!volunteer5

09 March 2012

Green Business Mixer a Great Success!!

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Green Business Mixer a Great Success!!

The event was a great success! For those who did not attend we laughed, shared information about the Green Business Program and networked like crazy. I heard some great connections made at the event and I hope these connections continue and procure into something bigger! For photos of the event check out: 



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