Green Irvine – Go Green, Save Green!

The bottom line question is: What’s in it for businesses?

The answer is: the bottom line! For years now, we have been hearing about Go Green programs. The U.S. Small Business Administration touts its benefits. Bloomberg BusinessWeek features stories about U.S. companies going green. Chron.com, Entrepreneur.com, Businesspundit.com and dozens of public and private sector websites promote the value of going green for companies. No less than Bank of America, General Electric, DuPont, McDonald’s, The Home Depot, Anheuser-Busch, Pratt & Whitney, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Dell, Coca Cola, S.C. Johnson Family and Goldman Sachs have all adopted strategies to “green” their businesses.

So What’s In It for Me?

Over and above the “save the planet” rationale and concern for the environment in which we live and work, there are very real and tangible benefits for each business that takes steps toward “greening” their operation. In other words, going green is a good business decision. Legal and Tax Advantages The federal government and the State of California both offer significant tax credits, rebates and incentives for businesses that participate in a variety of green programs like developing their own power sources, such as solar, cogeneration, geothermal; purchasing more energy efficient office and processing equipment; acquiring alternative powered vehicles; installing pollution control and energy control systems; adopting or improving their office and plant recycling programs and using more renewable raw materials and supplies. Reduced Waste Simple things like reducing waste can immediately trim operating costs which improves the bottom line.

Turning off lights in vacant offices, board rooms and areas not being used saves energy, helps bulbs last longer and reduces utility bills. Printing less saves paper which reduces office supply expenses. Refilling ink cartridges saves money on new cartridges and reduces the amount of plastic thrown out. Adjusting the air conditioning temperature can shave big dollars off a bottom line. Using reusable ceramic cups and glasses rather than disposable cups will quickly save dollars.

Shut down electronics and unplugging when possible will positively impact the operating costs. Improved Workplace The benefits of going green include a healthier workplace which can easily reduce sick days and improve productivity. Green cleaning supplies helps people with respiratory problems breathe better and reduces chemicals that may cause other irritations. Encouraging walking, ride sharing and transit raises awareness among employees and appeals to their social conscience. Incentivizing employees to exercise inside or outside the building builds morale. Organizing company-wide or community-wide trash pick-up days improves the immediate environment and cultivates good will. Public Relations, Sales and Marketing Companies that go green in some measurable way can almost always leverage it among their suppliers and customers.

People like to think they are contributing and making a difference in their community. And if it is easy and affordable, like choosing a company with a good reputation for recycling and energy efficiency, so much the better. Economic studies confirm that going green, utilizing green technology and selling green products is completely compatible with an increase in profits.

Irvine Chamber Launches Green Business Certification Program for Members

The Go Green Founders invested time, expertise and funding to develop an Irvine Chamber green certification program. Seven companies – Atria Senior Living, Business & Entrepreneurship Center, Eberle Company, Enlightened Energy Services, Waste Management, Goodwill and WARE Disposal Co, Inc. – help sponsor this FREE certification program for Chamber members. The Irvine Green Business Certification Program will help improve your bottom line by reducing your energy and waste costs, providing access to tax credits, rebates and incentives. The program is designed to make it easy for a business to start and stay green and save money.

Just a few important actions in each of six areas is all that is necessary to qualify for the certification:

  •  Green Purchasing
  • Energy Efficiency & Conservation
  • Alternative Transportation
  • Water Conservation & Pollution Prevention
  • Staff Training and Awareness

Green Businesses are recognized!

Once you have completed the certification process, we will recognize your business on the Irvine Chamber Green website, generate press release and social media to spread the word about your efforts, recognize your business at Irvine Chamber events, give you the Chamber green logo to use in your marketing material and present you with a Certified window decal and certificate.

Start today! Click here to download the application and then click here to email your application to us.

You may also bring your application into our office located at 2485 McCabe Way Suite 150 Irvine, CA 92614.

Irvine Chamber Launches Green Business Certification Program for Members. *Non-members will be assessed a $200 dollar fee that will be credited to the Membership account after 30 days.

Resources and other information:

State Agency Green Accomplishments & Green Web Pages

Attorney General’s Office/ Calif. Dept. of Justice
Calif. Climate Change Portal/ State Operations & Climate Change
Calif. Dept.of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Automotive Repair
Calif. Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Calif. Dept. of Fish & Game
Calif. Dept. of Transportation/ Caltrans
Calif. Dept. of Toxic Substance Control Green Business Program
Calif. Dept. of Water Resources
CalEPA
Green Lodging Program

Green Buildings

Green Building Executive Order B-18-12 & Green Building Action Plan
Featured Green Buildings
CALGreen: California’s Green Building Code
Best Practices Manual: Better Building Management for a Better Tomorrow (DGS)
Best Practices Guide for Commercial Office Buildings (Flex Your Power)
Commissioning & Retro-commissioning Buildings
Commissioning Toolkit for Small Buildings
Costs & Financial Benefits of Green Buildings:
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certified State Facilities
LEED-Certified State Facilities
LEED Training for State Agencies (archive)
TOOLKIT for Existing State Buildings
TOOLKIT for Smaller State Buildings

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

Buying Green website
News & Events
Press releases

Renewable Energy

Solar Photovoltaics

Transportation
Alt Fuel Use in State Vehicles
Alt Fueling Stations
Auto Parts & Oil
Cool Paints
Drive Clean
E85 NorCal
E85 SoCal
Zero Emission Vehicles Exec Order

Other Useful Links
California Global Warming Solutions Act
California Energy Commission
California Public Utilities Commission
Collaborative for High Performance Schools
Energy Star Portfolio Manager
Flex Your Power
Go Solar California
U. S. Green Building Council

http://www.cityofirvine.us/eco-news/news/resources-for-irvine-businesses/

Links and information on:

  • Environmental programs
  • AB 341 – Mandatory Business Recycling
  • Free Business Recycling Consultation – contact information for consultation and AB 341 video
  • Business Recycling
  • Find a waste hauler – interactive map for businesses to see if they are located in the exclusive or non-exclusive areas of the City.

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/calculator/

Commercial climate cost calculator

http://www.calpsc.org/

  • California Product Stewardship Council – great info on hard to discard wastes

State Agency Green Accomplishments & Green Web Pages

Attorney General’s Office/ Calif. Dept. of Justice
Calif. Climate Change Portal/ State Operations & Climate Change
Calif. Dept.of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Automotive Repair
Calif. Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Calif. Dept. of Fish & Game
Calif. Dept. of Transportation/ Caltrans
Calif. Dept. of Toxic Substance Control Green Business Program
Calif. Dept. of Water Resources
CalEPA
Green Lodging Program

Green Buildings

Green Building Executive Order B-18-12 & Green Building Action Plan
Featured Green Buildings
CALGreen: California’s Green Building Code
Best Practices Manual: Better Building Management for a Better Tomorrow (DGS)
Best Practices Guide for Commercial Office Buildings (Flex Your Power)
Commissioning & Retro-commissioning Buildings
Commissioning Toolkit for Small Buildings
Costs & Financial Benefits of Green Buildings:
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certified State Facilities
LEED-Certified State Facilities
LEED Training for State Agencies (archive)
TOOLKIT for Existing State Buildings
TOOLKIT for Smaller State Buildings

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

Buying Green website
News & Events
Press releases

Renewable Energy

Solar Photovoltaics

Transportation
Alt Fuel Use in State Vehicles
Alt Fueling Stations
Auto Parts & Oil
Cool Paints
Drive Clean
E85 NorCal
E85 SoCal
Zero Emission Vehicles Exec Order

Other Useful Links
California Global Warming Solutions Act
California Energy Commission
California Public Utilities Commission
Collaborative for High Performance Schools
Energy Star Portfolio Manager
Flex Your Power
Go Solar California
U. S. Green Building Council

Eberle Company provides the decision-making tools and skills used to analyze real estate transactions from an economic and non-economic perspective.
Caliber Signs & Imaging is a full-service sign and graphics company based in Irvine, California, offering a total package approach for all your sign and graphics needs.
Atria Senior Living is one of the nation’s leading providers of independent living, supportive living, assisted living and memory care services.
Bytelaunch ByteLaunch is a highly recognized Orange County SEO,
internet marketing, web design and development company
serving small businesses to Fortune 100 companies.
The Business and Entrepreneurship Centers (BEC) support the natural cycles of entrepreneurship and business development in California by bringing entrepreneurial training and education to existing business owners and future entrepreneurs.
Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 20 million customers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
Ware Disposal’s operations in Orange County provide vital services to homes, schools, businesses and government facilities, yet we maintain a strong local commitment to every neighborhood we serve.
Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has helped people with disabilities find employment, become independent and support themselves and their families.
Dirt-Free Power is a Photovoltaic solar integrator. Located at 2030 Main Street Suite 1300
Irvine, CA 92614
Founded in 1917, HDR is an architectural, engineering & consulting firm that excels at complex projects & solving challenges for our clients. Our operating philosophy is to be an expertise-driven national firm that delivers tailored solutions through a strong local presence.
Stivers and Associates are Landscape Architect and Urban Forestry Consultants. Located at 160 Centennial Way #3 in Tustin, California.
Alpha Surplus is located in southern California, approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The company was originally established in 2001 which provided services for integrated chips recovery and LCD repair through consignment with various vendors and OEM.
Enlightened Energy Services is dedicated to helping commercial, hospitality and industrial clients reduce energy waste and save money with the use of energy-efficiency technology.
Founded by the Council of Orange, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Second Harvest Food Bank began providing food for the hungry in October 1983 in Orange. Those served include the working poor, children, seniors on fixed incomes, single parents, the disabled, the homeless and individuals experiencing medical emergencies or recent job layoffs.
Hotel Irvine at Jamboree Center understands the importance of ”I”. Journey with us as we transform a landmark hotel into a world that revolves solely around you. The vibe is independent lifestyle, the setting business smart and the company we keep world-class.

To learn more about the Irvine Green Business Certifications Program, contact: David Hammers at 949-502-4125 or dhammers@irvinechamber.com.

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If you are a business customer, IRWD will work with you to help your company become more water efficient, lowering your water costs.

Performance Based Savings Program
IRWD’s Commercial and Industrial Water Use Efficiency Incentive Program encourages your company to save water by providing the following incentive for qualifying water-efficient projects:

IRWD will pay $3 for every 1,000 gallons of water saved in a year.
IRWD will pay half of this money upfront.
IRWD will pay the remaining half based on the actual water savings.
If your business submits ideas for special projects or upgrades which are water-efficient, IRWD will help you determine if they qualify, or how they can be modified in order to qualify, for our Commercial and Industrial Water Use Efficiency Incentive Program.

For more information, contact Amy McNulty at (949) 453-5634 or mcnulty@irwd.com.

For Residential Rebates, click here

Energy Savings Solutions For Your Business

3 Steps to Efficiency & Savings

Assess Your Usage
Put our Business Energy Advisor to work, and take advantage ofContinuous Energy Improvement, our free energy consulting service. We can also help you track, analyze, and monitor your energy usage withEnergy Benchmarking and SCE EnergyManager

Find Solutions
When upgrading equipment to achieve energy savings in an existing facility, consider participating in our Express Solutionsor Customized Solutions.
For new construction, Savings By Design and California Advanced Homes Program will help ensure your design and planning processes are as energy efficient as possible.

Get Incentives & Savings
Our programs offer a number of financial incentives. When you reduce your energy consumption with solar or self-generation you save even more. Take advantage of our zero-interest financing for energy-efficient upgrades. Learnhow the programs work, then, apply to get your incentives.

For Residential Rebates, click here


Southern California Gas Co.

Rebate Guide and Application
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) offers an array of energy-efficiency programs as
part of our commitment to exceptional customerservice. While this guide offers information on
several ways SoCalGas can save you money and energy, it is focused on the Energy-Efficiency
Rebates for Business (EERB) program.The EERB program offers rebates on qualifying energy-efficient gas-fired equipment and improvements for your business. This document will guide you through the easy application process. Carefully read the program requirements, qualified equipment requirements,
and Terms and Conditions before purchase to determine eligibility requirements.

Who can apply?
Any commercial, industrial or agricultural customer with an active, valid and non-delinquent account can apply for a rebate under the EERB program. Whether you’re a small business or a large industrial customer,we have rebates for you. For more InFormatIon

Visit socalgas.com (search “BUSINESS REBATES”).
You are encouraged to reserve funds by calling 1-800-508-2348 before you purchase and install equipment.

Definitions of various terms in this guide can be found in the glossary on page 8.
Questions? Call us toll-free at 1-800-427-2000 or
email us at EERebatesforBusiness@socalgas.com.

For Residential Rebates, click here

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If you are a business customer, IRWD will work with you to help your company become more water efficient, lowering your water costs.

Performance Based Savings Program
IRWD’s Commercial and Industrial Water Use Efficiency Incentive Program encourages your company to save water by providing the following incentive for qualifying water-efficient projects:

IRWD will pay $3 for every 1,000 gallons of water saved in a year.
IRWD will pay half of this money upfront.
IRWD will pay the remaining half based on the actual water savings.
If your business submits ideas for special projects or upgrades which are water-efficient, IRWD will help you determine if they qualify, or how they can be modified in order to qualify, for our Commercial and Industrial Water Use Efficiency Incentive Program.

For more information, contact Amy McNulty at (949) 453-5634 or mcnulty@irwd.com.

For Residential Rebates, click here

Energy Savings Solutions For Your Business

3 Steps to Efficiency & Savings

Assess Your Usage
Put our Business Energy Advisor to work, and take advantage ofContinuous Energy Improvement, our free energy consulting service. We can also help you track, analyze, and monitor your energy usage withEnergy Benchmarking and SCE EnergyManager

Find Solutions
When upgrading equipment to achieve energy savings in an existing facility, consider participating in our Express Solutionsor Customized Solutions.
For new construction, Savings By Design and California Advanced Homes Program will help ensure your design and planning processes are as energy efficient as possible.

Get Incentives & Savings
Our programs offer a number of financial incentives. When you reduce your energy consumption with solar or self-generation you save even more. Take advantage of our zero-interest financing for energy-efficient upgrades. Learnhow the programs work, then, apply to get your incentives.

For Residential Rebates, click here


Southern California Gas Co.

Rebate Guide and Application
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) offers an array of energy-efficiency programs as
part of our commitment to exceptional customerservice. While this guide offers information on
several ways SoCalGas can save you money and energy, it is focused on the Energy-Efficiency
Rebates for Business (EERB) program.The EERB program offers rebates on qualifying energy-efficient gas-fired equipment and improvements for your business. This document will guide you through the easy application process. Carefully read the program requirements, qualified equipment requirements,
and Terms and Conditions before purchase to determine eligibility requirements.

Who can apply?
Any commercial, industrial or agricultural customer with an active, valid and non-delinquent account can apply for a rebate under the EERB program. Whether you’re a small business or a large industrial customer,we have rebates for you. For more InFormatIon

Visit socalgas.com (search “BUSINESS REBATES”).
You are encouraged to reserve funds by calling 1-800-508-2348 before you purchase and install equipment.

Definitions of various terms in this guide can be found in the glossary on page 8.
Questions? Call us toll-free at 1-800-427-2000 or
email us at EERebatesforBusiness@socalgas.com.

For Residential Rebates, click here

FOUNDERS

The Irvine Green Certified Founders