The program is a partnership of environmental agencies and utilities. Participating businesses receive information on how to conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollution, and shrink their carbon footprints. Businesses that meet these standards are officially recognized as Bay Area Green Businesses.
Fremont has over 20 certified Green Businesses—you can find the full list of them here. Every year, new and re-certified Green Businesses are honored at a City Council meeting. The Council meetings are broadcast on cable channel 27 and available via a live webcast when the meeting is in session.
StopWaste offers free technical assistance to Alameda County business interested in the Bay Area Green Business Program. StopWaste also provides guidance for utilizing the EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to track and benchmark building energy usage, as well as resources for accessing PG&E rebates and energy efficiency financing options.
Surplus Service, a Fremont-based company whose mission is to assist its business customers in diverting electronic waste from the landfills by recycling or repurposing them, is a committed Bay Area Green Business.
Surplus Service's green attributes and practices include:
All of the building’s lights are on alternating switches so light is only used where staff is working.
To conserve energy, no heating or air conditioning is used.
All food waste is collected for offsite composting
Office materials, utensils and plates are re-useable.
Waste to the landfill has been reduced from a 3-5 yard dumpster to a 32 gallon garbage can per week.
The office is intentionally located near public transportation, including the planned Warm Springs BART station.
Through these practices and others, Surplus Service saves significantly on its utility bills, as well as benefiting the environment.
Read the full Green Business Case Study on Surplus Service here.