Save the Redwoods League is honored to be one of only 10 nonprofits certified by the strict San Francisco Green Business Program, which helps San Francisco businesses operate in an environmentally responsible manner and recognizes them for their efforts. Certification means City and County of San Francisco auditors have verified that a business complies with stringent environmental standards to reduce waste, prevent pollution and conserve resources.
To be one of only 10 certified nonprofits is especially gratifying, said Ruskin K. Hartley, League Executive Director, considering that more than 8,000 nonprofit organizations were registered in San Francisco County as of June 2011, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. More than 200 organizations are certified by the San Francisco Green Business Program.
To earn our certification, we implemented these green practices, for example:
- We strive to produce zero waste by recycling all resources such as paper, plastics and glass and composting all food and plant discards.
- We reduce waste at the source by printing on both sides of paper, buying in bulk and eliminating disposable products such as dishes and single-use water bottles.
- We use chlorine-free office paper and published materials with minimum 50 percent recycled content, soy or low-VOC inks and paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
- We promote the use of public transit and commuter alternatives, offer telecommuting options and commuter benefits and participate in spare-the-air campaigns and the Emergency Ride Home program.
- We prioritize purchasing of services and products from local and green-certified vendors.
“Being certified as a green organization is important to us,” Hartley said. “We want to support higher environmental standards to be responsible stewards of the Earth. We hope our certification inspires others in our community to do the same.”