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The Bay Area Green Business Program

Bay Area Green Business
In 2002, we initiated the process to become a "Certified Green Business" by the Bay Area Green Business program. This required that all of our operations, from the top down, be scrutinized and deemed eco-friendly by the program. The BAGBP has very stringent guidelines for green certification, all of which involve preventing pollution and conserving resources.

Some of the general requirements include:

  • Monitoring and recording rates of water and energy consumption and waste generation
  • Providing incentives and opportunities that encourage employee participation
  • Informing customers of our efforts
  • Assisting other companies and organizations in their efforts to become "green"
There are 4 areas of conservation and prevention that the organization uses to test a business for Green Certification, each with its own requirements:
  1. Water Conservation
    - Assess indoor and outdoor water balance
    - Implement basic conservation measures
    - Implement at least 3 industry-specific conservation measures
  2. Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling
    - Assess solid waste streams
    - Adopt measures to reduce, re-use and recycle solid waste
    - Cut down paper waste in 5 different ways
    - Implement recycle or reuse programs for 5 other types of materials
    - Identify and purchase 3 different types of recycled materials
  3. Energy Conservation
    - Commercial energy assessment performed by local utility agency
    - Adopt maintenance schedule for all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
    - Introduce 2 alternative technologies and 5 process changes that help conserve energy
  4. Pollution Prevention
    - Assess operations and identify prevention opportunities
    - Adjust, change or eliminate 6 operations practices to help reduce pollution
    - Adopt 3 changes in materials, products or processes that will help reduce pollution
    - Reuse and/or recycle hazardous wastes in at least 3 ways
    - Eliminate contamination of storm water and runoff in 4 ways
    - Reduce vehicle emissions in at least 3 ways

In addition, there are specific guidelines we follow that are unique to the printing industry. These requirements include:

  • Completely computerizing prepress operations to remove photochemicals, thus saving water and energy
  • Establishing a recycling program for solvents
  • Using alcohol-free printing to reduce chemical usage and improve air quality, health and safety
  • Printing on treeless and recycled content papers (saves trees, energy, water; promotes new agriculture and reduces landfill waste)
  • Promoting green practices to customers
  • Using low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) inks (helps reduce air pollution, increases safety)
  • Implementing paperless internal communications
  • Using energy efficient equipment

Greenerprinter: A Bay Area Certified Green Business
 

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ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATIONS, memberships, credentials & awards
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Greenerprinter Bay Area Green Business
Greenerprinter Green America (formerly Co-op America)
Greenerprinter CarbonFund.org
Greenerprinter Green Chamber of Commerce
GRACoL G7 Certfified