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The California Green Business Network and your local Program Director continue to work virtually to assist businesses with marketing as well as recertifications and new certifications.

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Recovery & Resiliency Webinar Series

CAGBN has three more free webinars in June!

Join us for the rest of our webinar series aimed to help businesses Recover, Build Resilience, and Incorporate Sustainability in the years that come.

June 3rd, 11 am-12:30 pm: Balancing Sustainability, Safety, & Achieving Cost Savings 

  • Featuring Santiago Ossa, PE, OSD, Geosyntec, & David Hodgins from Sustento Group/LA Better Buildings Challenge!
  • Topics: Balancing Sustainability Practices and Safety During COVID-19 AND Saving Money Every Month

June 10th, 11 am-12:30 pm: Beyond Crisis Management

  • Negotiating your rent/lease with Thomas D. Morell, Real Estate Attorney, and Nadra Ehrman, ARM®, from The Towbes Group
  • Keeping the upside of the pandemic: Sustainable transportation and teleworking with Robin Mack, telework expert.

June 19th, 11 am - 12 pm: Healthier Cleaning and Disinfection (NEW!)
  • Hear from GreenSeal, EPA Safer Choice, and others about their certification standards and safe ways to disinfect your business (and home!)

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If you missed the first two, they can be found in our running list of resources for Small Businesses and workers, under "Webinars".

Thank you to our generous sponsors Sustento GroupBlaisdell's Business Products!

Telework for Business Continuity & Recovery

Shelter in place restrictions are being lifted, but is it safe to go back to the office?

Can your employees continue to telework even though public health restrictions are loosening? Telework, or "telecommuting," is crucial to help flatten the curve. Not only does it minimize the spread of COVID-19, but it also has significant environmental benefits like the reduction of traffic congestion and improved air quality. asks us to think about the first key re-opening question: “Who needs to physically commute and return at all?” There are potential exposures both at the workplace and during the daily commute. If your team (or even part of your team) can work from home, they should!

The benefits are many:

  • Allows for Business Continuity, Recovery & Resilience. It’s a key component of a business continuity plan in the event of a pandemic, extreme weather event, or any other unforeseeable crisis that repeats.
  • Employees can be more productive and effective. With flexible schedules and the right tools employees can work without distractions.
  • Reduces real estate costs. Fewer people in the office may make desk-sharing or a smaller office footprint possible.
  • Increases employee retention and decreases training costs. Flexibility increases morale and lowers employee turnover, thus reducing training costs.
  • Benefits the environment! … and much more.

Considering the development or implementation of a telework program?
The County of San Mateo's Office of Sustainability made a comprehensive toolkit that is available free for government/business. Find it here.

State-Administered Energy Efficiency Financing

GoGreen Financing helps you get your efficiency project financed.

Now more than ever, it’s important to reduce all the operating costs you can – including your energy bill. Administered by the State of California and supported by the state’s investor-owned utilities, the Small Business Financing (SBF) program offers financing with attractive terms for energy efficiency improvements to businesses and nonprofits. Whether you need to replace a broken appliance or reduce energy use, SBF’s participating finance companies offer quick approval on leases, loans, and service agreements with monthly payments to meet your budget. You can even use part of the financing for non-energy upgrades, including repairs, remodels or American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.

Since launching last fall, the SBF program has helped farms, office buildings and many other businesses install energy-saving equipment. The SBF program can help you upgrade your property whether you are the owner or a tenant, and participation is easy. To learn more, visit

Key Benefits:

  • Finance up to 100% of project costs
  • A broad list of qualifying measures
  • Financing may be used for non-energy upgrades as well
  • Finance a simple replacement or a comprehensive building upgrade
  • Quick approval
  • Attractive terms

Welcome Innovators!

The New Wheel, San Francisco, CA
Congratulations to The New Wheel, an Innovator level business in San Francisco's Green Business Program. This amazing business is a strong community advocate for infrastructure that supports electric bike transportation. They know bikes, specifically, e-bikes are especially important for riders who wish to continue riding a bicycle but who may be limited by age, disability, or physical capacity. They push commonsense solutions to traffic congestion, parking, and emissions reduction! The New Wheel donates electric bikes to school raffles! 

SF Environment, San Francisco, CA
Congratulations to SF Environment for its recent innovator certification. The San Francisco Department of the Environment provides solutions that advance climate protection and enhance the quality of life for all San Franciscans. They house the San Francisco Green Business Program for the city and county along with countless initiatives and programs regarding zero waste, transportation, energy, and climate change, a summary of which can be found here.

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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