21 April 2008

San Francisco to honor local environmentally responsible business leaders on Earth Day

Posted in Program News

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco will honor close to one hundred Green Businesses at a reception hosted by the City's Green Business Program on Tuesday, April 22, from 5-8pm. SF Green Businesses have integrated environmentally responsible practices into their operations and met the City's stringent criteria for conserving resources, preventing pollution, and minimizing waste.

"San Francisco Green Businesses are leading the way in helping the City meet its aggressive Zero Waste and greenhouse gas reduction goals," said Jared Blumenfeld, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

Local businesses from dental practices and architecture firms to restaurants and hotels are demonstrating that green business practices not only protect the environment and create healthier communities, but they often save money and attract customers. To comply with program requirements, businesses recycle and compost, use recycled paper, switch to low-flow toilets and energy-saving bulbs, provide benefits to employees taking public transportation, use less-toxic cleaning products, and more.

"We're saving money on energy and doing our part for the environment, and we enjoy being part of a community of like-minded people," said Art Kane of Toner Cartridge Service in Hunter's Point, a family-owned business that remanufactures toner cartridges. "Green Business is a win-win situation for everybody."

The SF Green Business Program is a partnership of the Department of the Environment, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the Department of Public Health.

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