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The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.

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Single-use Plastic Bans Sweeping Across California

Single-Use Foodware Ordinances Sweeping Across California
In 2014, California became the first state to enact legislation imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at large retail stores. By 2020 over 120 local jurisdiction have expanded on the plastic ban to include polystyrene(styrofoam) bans. Many cities have taken it even further by requiring cafes and restaurants to charge 10 or more cents for disposable cups, have compostable to-go ware, and use reusable flatware and dishware for diners who eat in. Local ordinances are a great start, but a statewide ban would be better. 

Proposed Initiatives
Last year environmental groups and Recology, an employee owned Bay Area waste hauler, proposed an initiative for the November 2020 statewide ballot that would require plastic manufacturers to dramatically reduce the amount of disposable products that end up in a landfill. The initiative, the California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act of 2020, gives regulators the power to charge producers fees for selling single-use plastic packaging.
"The act also lets regulators require packaging be reusable, recyclable or compostable; ban certain “unnecessary” packaging and prohibit the use of virgin plastic; mandate recycled content; impose deposit systems and retailer take-back requirements; pass labeling and marketing requirements; and more" according to Resource Recycling. This version mimics the two waste-reduction bills that did not pass and was opposed by the plastics and petroleum industries.
We know that plastic pollution is a growing and serious environmental problem. Initiatives like these are putting the pressure on manufacturers and holding them accountable for plastic pollution so that the burden doesn’t fall heavily on the business owners and consumers. The plastic pollution fight will be up to us, voters.
Read more here.

Energy Savings for the Winter

Have you found ways to increase energy savings in your home or business?

Did you know that every small change leads to a huge amount of savings? Now more than ever, with the rapid approach of a climate crisis, we must do everything in our power to make changes, from large scale retrofits to small actions.

A great way to start is an informal energy audit which will hopefully find you one or two new ways to save! Here are a few ways you can give your home or business an energy checkup:

Learn more at Energy Upgrade CA.

CalSEED Funding Available

Do you have a great clean energy idea?

It is going to take all of us to realize California’s ambitious climate goals. The application window for CalSEED grants will open on February 28! This funding opportunity is designed for early-stage startups working on clean energy anywhere in California. Early-stage entrepreneurs can get $150K on this first round with the possibility of an additional $450k! Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the Application Manual before applications open.

California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) is open to any California based individual, group, company or organization with an early stage innovation. They strongly encourage applicants from diverse communities across California to participate in the development and implementation of equitable clean energy solutions.

Not sure if this is for you? Attend an info session:

Learn more here.

Welcome Innovators!

San Francisco Green Business Program
The San Francisco Green Business Program recently certified two Innovator-level Green Businesses, Key Events & 450 Architects, Inc.
Key Events has implemented an all vegetarian policy in the workplace for business events and are investing ~$400 annually in order to offset their GHG(greenhouse gas emissions) for their operations.
450 Architects are passionate about how a building can impact a wider public and accommodate people in a nourishing, uplifting, and lasting way. Their design of Francisco Park is one of the more sustainable public projects in the City of San Francisco. They are transforming a long-abandoned reservoir into a 4.5 acre public open space and park!

Santa Barbara County's Green Business
Congratulations to Allen Construction, a newly certified Innovator-level business from Santa Barbara County's Green Business. Allen Construction has been an employee-owned company since 1983. They will be holding a series of green building/sustainability workshops for the public this year. They are in the process of building All-Electric Homes, Zero Net Energy Homes that produce all their power with solar!

The Innovator Tier allows businesses to go beyond certification to gain additional recognition and benefits. Contact your local program director to find out more about this level of certification!
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