Small Business Benefits from the Green Economy

Fresno – August 9, 2010

Dear Small Business Owner,

All across California, small businesses are cutting costs and supporting the public and private efforts to create a cleaner, more efficient, and more robust economy. These entrepreneurs, just like you, are at the forefront of California’s new sustainable economy.

Learn about the specific things you can do as a small business owner to grow your company in the green economy while cutting costs at the same time. Download a brochure with five steps to help you profit from sustainable practices.

This is the third email in the series. It highlights businesses like yours in the Fresno area that have taken simple and straightforward actions to save energy, gain customers and boost their bottom line. Future e-mails will introduce you to entrepreneurs in other regions of the state.

  • Winery Grows Green: Quady Winery is a family-owned winery in Madera.  Through on-site activities such as composting, recycling, reusing, and repurposing products and materials, Quady has diverted 99 percent of the waste generated by their winery.  Recent modifications in packaging, investment in modern processing equipment, and a redesigned irrigation system have been highly effective in reducing waste, energy, and water costs.
  • Geil Green Minimizes Their Carbon Footprint:  Geil Enterprises continues its transformation to total sustainability for each member of its family of businesses. Geil has reduced the carbon impact of all of its operations, from the products and materials coming in to the products and services they deliver. Using green cleaning products, turning off lights, and encouraging employees to drive less saves money and has increased employee satisfaction. These actions are part of Geil Green’s mission, which is to provide a safe and healthy environment for their employees and clients.
  • Sustainable Stone Fabrication: Prestige SurfaceWorks uses state-of-the-art equipment to recycle 100 percent of the 205 gallons of water used every minute to run its facility.  A closed-loop system allows them to reuse all of the water used for cutting and fabrication, even at full production.  Moreover, the stone remnants left over from their projects are used as base material for California’s roadways.
  • Green Produce?: OK Produce has taken big steps to green their operation with the installation of a 231 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on their roof and the purchase of 7 hybrid Toyota Priuses for their sales fleet.  Coupling these upgrades with investments in new energy efficient refrigeration, energy efficient lighting, and roof insulation has resulted in energy savings of over 1,000,000 kilowatt hours per year.  Furthermore, their intensive recycling programs have reduced the garbage they produced in the past three years by over 90 percent.
  • Nature Power: Environmental Products & Technologies is dedicated to solving environmental problems surrounding animal feed operations. The application of their closed-loop system can result is the complete removal of waste lagoons and no effluent discharged into the ground water. Expertise in activities such as animal manure management, methane-based green power generation, odor and emissions control, water treatment and conservation make them outstanding in their field.
  • Construction Company Builds on Energy Efficiency: Anlin Industries located in Clovis, delivers long-term performance and environmental sustainability through its line of energy-efficient windows. Their Energy Star products reduce heating and cooling costs, water costs for cleaning, and waste and transportation costs due to their durability.  As a California company making products primarily for Californians, our windows and doors are specially designed to meet the needs of homeowners in moderate to hot climates.  Their production practices result in a product that’s good for our environment and good for your pocketbook.

The San Joaquin Valley has a healthy and vibrant green economy having experienced a 48 percent increase in green jobs from 1995 to 2008. The Fresno area benefitted from a 91 percent growth in jobs related to renewable energy generation, especially wind power. Green transportation job growth was very strong in the San Joaquin Valley at 211 percent as the region became an economic center for alternative fuels. The Valley was also ahead of the rest of the state in the green economic sectors of water and wastewater jobs and energy efficiency employment.  (Next10, Many Shades of Green, 2009)

Thank you for being an entrepreneur in California! Your innovation, drive and commitment to excellence will continue to ensure that California is at the forefront of green economic development and job creation, putting people to work and creating a better world for future generations.

La Ronda Bowen
CA Air Resources Board

Additional Sustainable Activities in the Fresno Area

  • The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (Valley Air District) is committed to improving the health and quality of life for all Valley residents through effective and cooperative air quality programs. Local air pollution control districts, such as the Valley Air District, develop plans and implement control measures in their areas. These controls primarily affect stationary sources such as factories and plants. Local air districts also conduct public education and outreach efforts such as the Valley Air District’s Healthy Air Living, Wood Burning, and Smoking Vehicle voluntary programs.
  • The Clean Technology Center plans to be host to the top clean technology firms from around the globe and create a clean technology center where multiple companies work in a collaborative environment to foster interest in clean energy options and showcase real world projects. There is a strong emphasis on hydrogen fuels and once their green building complex is fully operational, they will have hydrogen refilling stations.  

Learn more about how you can benefit from the Green Economy and other AB 32-related policies:

For questions, please contact Jerry Hart at (916) 324-5941

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