How to Reduce Waste at Your Business

Knowing how to reduce waste at your business can be a challenge, even though it’s an important part of your sustainability efforts.

As a society, we are sending ridiculous amounts of waste to the landfill. All of this waste represents misspent resources – both natural and financial. We’re using natural resources to create products that we then throw into the trash. And, of course, it costs us money to make buy those products that ultimately end up in the trash.

How do we stop this?

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How To Assess Your Company’s Sustainability – Quickly

Wouldn’t it be great to get an objective assessment about how sustainable your business really is? How do you match up against other businesses? What are your opportunities for improvement?

And, importantly, how can you get these answers quickly when you’re busy running your business?

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The Benefits of Green Business Certification

One of the questions that I get asked often as a Green Business Consultant is about the benefits of Green Business Certification. After all, the certification process takes time and effort to complete. Is it worth it?

I would say so, and with close to 600 certified businesses, many would agree! These are some of the benefits to going through the process to become a Certified Green Business:

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10 Resources to Help Your Business Go Green in Alameda County

Have you realized how many resources for sustainability are available to you as a business owner in Alameda County? There are quite a few!  [Read more…]

Building a Solid Sustainability Foundation for Your Business

When it comes to sustainability for your business, how can you make sure that you’re doing all that you can to improve your social and environmental performance when you’re already busy running your business?

In my work with small businesses, I’ve found that there are two excellent frameworks that you can use.

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Tired of Big Corporations? Check out B Corporations Instead

When we look at some of the practices of large corporations – whether it’s an unwillingness to offer health benefits to employees or whether it’s environmental destruction – it’s easy to blame business in general. However, there’s a new type of corporation that seeks to change this. [Read more…]

California Benefit Corporation and Green Business Legislation

A couple of years ago, Governor Brown signed two important pieces of legislation that will help to advance socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the state: AB 361 and AB 913. [Read more…]

Sustainability for One Small Business

When I started Cultivating Capital, I wanted to create a business that would not just help others to become more sustainable, but would also meet high standards for sustainability itself.

Could I honestly say that I believed sustainability was important if my own company practiced business as usual, by ignoring the impacts of my own office space or resorting to the cheapest business cards from Vistaprint? I didn’t think so.

In this post, I’ll share some of the steps I took to align my own small business with my values.

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Completing the B Impact Assessment

B Corps (the B stands for “Benefit”) are companies that are committed to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. They have emerged as one of the most important developments in business sustainability, since they demonstrate the triple bottom line in action. To certify your business as a B Corp, you’ll need to take complete the B Impact Assessment. [Read more…]

Getting Started with Green Business Certification

If you’re interested in making your business more environmentally friendly, Green Business Certification is a great option.

The Bay Area Green Business Program certifies local businesses that meet high standards for environmental performance. It was launched in 1996 and is part of the statewide California Green Business Program, which leads the state and nation in working with small to medium sized businesses to grow a vibrant and healthy green economy. It currently operates in all nine Bay Area counties and has certified over 2300 businesses.

The program is unique compared to other certification programs in that it is a collaboration between local government and utilities to help small to medium sized businesses.  [Read more…]