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An Unprecedented Year in Review

We want to look back upon this past year, to learn from the struggles but also celebrate the resilience of our network. With everything 2020 had to throw at us, we continued to persevere through the hardships and support businesses on their sustainability journeys!  

In addition to our tangible environmental metrics, 2020 also brought along:

  • 951 new businesses Enrolled
  • 305 new businesses Certified 
  • 174 businesses Recertified
  • 8 successful webinars hosted, with over 500 attendees
    • If you missed any of our webinars, find the complete list of recordings here!

We also made other important strides towards improvement. This included forming a new Equity Committee, to find ways to help BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) business owners. We are continuing to learn, and strive to create a more inclusive Green Economy. 

Read more about what we accomplished together in 2020 here!

Being (Extra) Energy Efficient in 2021!

Whether you are making small swaps (like opting for LEDs instead of CFLs/LFLs) or large changes (like ditching natural gas and installing electric heat pumps), every bit helps. 

Energy Efficiency: Options for Improving This Year
As we enter the new year and the colder months, it is the perfect time to start implementing sustainability resolutions. Ensure that your homes and businesses are operating as efficiently as possible--for the sake of the planet and your utility bills!
Read more for some high impact methods to save energy and, in most cases, money too. 

PPP Loan Round 2 Information

First and Second Draw Paycheck Protection Program loan applications reopen

Applications are now open for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. First draw PPP loans opened January 11th, and second draw on the 13th. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, initially the only Second Draw PPP Loan applications that will be accepted are “from participating community financial institutions (CFIs), which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries,” before reopening to all participating lenders. The Second Draw loans can be used to cover payroll costs, benefits, rent, etc.

Learn about round two of "first draw" PPP loans.
Learn about "second draw" PPP loans.

Welcome, Innovators! 


Congratulations to StopWaste for completing their Innovator Certification. StopWaste is a public agency that helps Alameda County residents, schools, and businesses waste less and use resources more efficiently. Sustainability and the environment is at the core of their mission, and their commitment extends from installing an onsite rain water catchment system for landscape irrigation and implementing a robust incentive program for employees to take public transportation or bike, to prioritizing social equity and environmental health through its services and programs.

Last Minute Gear

Congratulations to Last Minute Gear for reaching Innovator status. This San Francisco business goes above and beyond to support its patrons to enjoy the great outdoors, offering rental or purchasing options for all types of gear (whether you are just starting out or are an outdoor adventure veteran!)

“Last Minute Gear is a unique green business because sustainability is core to our mission--to reduce waste & increase access to the outdoors. We recognize & embrace that buying doesn't make sense for most people, and doesn't enable greater access. Instead, we innovate to encourage alternatives to buying. Beyond this core focus that's inherently sustainability-oriented, in our daily operations, we're also obsessed with re-use (sometimes it even costs us--to re-panel one of our back rooms, we spent hours re-finishing old drywall rather than the ~$10 a new panel would have cost!). Most of the furniture, fixtures, and supplies in our shop has come from the Buy Nothing project or Craigslist, and we have also managed to use these platforms to offset nearly all of our waste.”

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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