The beach town of Santa Barbara has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through an innovative use of technology and green policies for employees.
The coastal community of Santa Cruz, California has created a climate action plan that drastically reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through solar energy projects and green building renovations, along with numerous other conservation and energy efficiency strategies.
Santa Cruz has conducted multiple emission inventories to determine which sectors could achieve the greatest emissions reductions. Efforts were then prioritized by opportunities for saving, like building efficiency improvements, system upgrades, or a decrease in wasteful water and energy use.
Santa Monica is committed to protecting, preserving and restoring the natural environment. In 1994 the Santa Monica City Council took steps to address sustainability by adopting the Santa Monica Sustainable City Program. The City’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 1990 levels by 2015 for City operations and to reduce emissions 15% below 1990 levels by 2015 for the City as a whole.
On December 4, 2001 the Santa Rosa City Council took the leadership role in the County and voted to become a member of Cities for Climate Protection, a project of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).
Clean Solar is a residential and commercial solar panel system installer offering a wide range of technology and financing options so home and business owners can reduce their electricity bills and generate their own clean, renewable energy.
"Clif Bar & Company has been researching alternative fuels for a few years now," said Bryan Cole, Clif Bar & Company’s director of field experience. "We hope we can inspire consumers and other companies to help protect the planet by sharing our experience and exploration of alternative fuels."
Codexis, Inc. is a bio-fuel, pharmaceutical and chemical engineering firm that is transforming their Redwood City headquarters in an effort to increase waste diversion and foster employee education and participation in environmentally friendly practices. Codexis headquarters hosts over 100 employees spread across three buildings filled with laboratories, office spaces and industrial facilities. In 2013, Codexis launched a waste centralization program to collect and sort trash.
As the first business to be certified “green” by the City of Thousand Oaks, Conejo Awards is considered a leader in green innovation. Conejo Awards, an awards and promotional materials retailer, remains committed to being environmentally responsible in all aspects of their business.
After concerned parent Carleen Cullen saw the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” she was inspired to make a difference in her community, starting with K-8 students. In 2006, Cullen and her husband Jeff developed a conservation program, Cool the Earth, that educates K-8 students about climate change, brings them hands-on learning and provides them with knowledge and tools to practice sustainable energy use. In 2008/09 the program ran in 67 California schools as well as 20 schools across the country.
As the largest county in the United States, San Bernardino is leading the way as an environmentally conscientious region. The enactment of water saving ordinances and a willingness to retrofit outdated buildings are ways San Bernardino facilitates conservation within its vast and unique desert ecosystem.
Crown Paper Converting is a paper converting supplier that is leading the way in energy efficiency improvements and considerable utility savings. In 2013, they invested $250,000 in 440 solar panels. Over the past three years, the solar panels have generated 334,793 kilowatt hours of energy and a savings of more than $15,000 per year. Through their website (http://live.deckmonitoring.com/?id=crown_paper), they track the solar energy generated, total CO2 offsets, tons of CO2 saved, and gallons of gas saved.
Daisy Rose Floral Design creates floral arrangements to fit the customer’s style, and keeps their process natural, organic, and sustainable. The company strives to minimize their impact on the environment through ultra-low energy usage, water conservation, and near zero waste practices.
Dental Healing offers services such as dental exams, complete dental health assessments, dental cleaning, zoom teeth whitening, safe mercury amalgam removal, laser cavity filling, dental implants and bridges, very low radiation and highly advanced x-rays. As a family dental practice that combines a passion for the environment with holistic dental health services, Dental Healing recently transformed a 2,500 square foot space into a healthy and earth conscious office.
For this contractor, construction and demolition are environmentally-friendly activities. Diamond D General Engineering’s owner, Spencer Defty, set out to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at his company by changing the way he ran his business. Defty implemented environmentally-friendly product and material uses as well as solid waste reduction strategies, energy effciency measures, recycling policies, and vehicle pollution prevention policies.
East of the town of Winters is Dixon Ridge Farms, where Russell and Kathleen Lester produce organic walnuts on 500 acres of their 1,250 acre farm site. Their innovative use of alternative energy significantly reduces their overall carbon footprint.
Dos Coyotes Border Café took steps to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at two locations in Davis, making Dos Coyotes an even more popular place to eat. Owner Bobby Coyote decided to help the environment by changing the way he runs his businesses.
To save money and achieve greenhouse gas reductions, Dos Coyotes implemented the use of formaldehyde free building products, installed high efficiency HVAC systems, installed AC economizers and recycled paint instead of throwing it away. They use compostable dinnerware in the restaraunt to reduce waste.
E&B Auto Repair, located in Fort Bragg, is dedicated to providing customers with quality service and fair prices at their California Certified Green Station.
Since 1970 Ecology Action has combined municipal, foundation, and private funding to establish conservation programs, prove their effectiveness financially and operationally, and establish each program as a permanent community resource.
Ecology Action’s team of experts help schools, businesses, individuals, and government entities implement these programs. Such programs include the annual Bike to Work/School program, Green Gardener program, Santa Cruz County Home Composting program and the Fryer to Fuel program.
Located in the city of Chula Vista, El Primero Boutique B&B Hotel offers guests a unique experience at an environmentally-friendly hotel. The El Primero Hotel was built in 1930 and has since been updated with low-flow appliances, solar photovoltaic panels, fruit trees and much more.
Elevated Fitness is a high altitude, human-powered fitness facility focusing on dynamic, scientific workouts based on solid, proven research. Elevated Fitness is America’s only truly carbon-neutral gym, producing more power than they use. The company purchased an electric vehicle (2 person electric SMART car) for both owners to commute to and from the gym and for all in-town gym errands and marketing events. The vehicle is charged by converting human energy produced in gym generators on spin bikes to electricity.