GreenUP! Winter 2017

Green Business News You Can Use
"Show Up. Dive In. Stay at It." 
Barack Obama, January 10, 2017 - Farewell Speech
Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year Award Nominations Now Open!
Applications due by February 8
This Award highlights a green Chamber member who has taken extraordinary efforts to adopt sustainability principles into their business operations, mission and values. The 2017 Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year Award will be presented at the State of the City Dinner on March 16, 2017 (tickets available now!). Large and Small businesses of the year are also honored ( click here for the nomination form for those awards). All nominees receive promotion in Chamber publications and in the event program, as well as in the spring issue of GreenUP!

Joe Garbarino Green Business of 2016,  Lotus Family of Restaurants is known for their innovative, efficient, and money saving practices!
A Call to Action!  
Get Involved + Join the Green Business Committee    
The Green Business Committee's purpose is to provide useful news and tips on green business practices and promote the Chambers' green businesses. Learn more at
Monthly meetings: join us in the Chamber conference room, third Wednesdays from 9:30 -11:00 am. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the Green Business Committee's Email List, please contact Committee Chair Jennifer Grenier Selvig.

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Taking Flight with the Marin School of Environmental Leadership
Annual Business Leaders Mixer, Co-Sponsored by the Chamber
The Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) invites you to attend their annual Business Leaders Mixer and student showcase event. Mix and mingle with innovative business and sustainability leaders during the networking reception, and be sure to tour their incredible venue full of student sustainability projects and presentations. Featuring Guest Speaker Julien Gervreau, Director of Sustainability at Jackson Family Wines.

Thursday, March 7, 4:30-7:00pm
EDG Offices at Hangar 7
7 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato
Tickets: $30 pre-sale, $40 at the door
Beverages & appetizers included with entry
VenturePad: Cowork, Collaborate, Impact!
A coworking community and business incubator opening its doors in early March 2017, VenturePad is located at 1020 B Street between 4th and 5th Streets. This new venture addresses a critical need in Marin by combining affordable, accessible and professional office space with support services for Marin's entrepreneurs, freelancers and home office professionals under one roof. Our community's entrepreneurship hub will be 4000 square feet of beautiful, productive open space with open and dedicated desks, meeting rooms and a café. VenturePad will also provide classes, workshops and a wrap around "C-suite team" of professional services offering affordable, specialized skills.
Who Must Recycle and Who Must Compost?
Effective July 1, 2012, the State's Mandatory Commercial Recycling law (AB 341) requires all businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week and multifamily residences with 5 units or more to arrange for recycling services. The overall goal of this law is for the State of California to divert 75% of the waste generated from landfills by 2020. 
Beginning April 1, 2016, the State's Mandatory Organic Waste Recycling Law (AB 1826) phased in requirements for businesses and multifamily residences that generate specified amounts of organic waste to arrange for recycling services for that material in accordance with the schedule to the right.
If your business is located in the City of San Rafael, Marin Sanitary Service can help your business or multi-family residence comply with California's mandatory commercial recycling and compost laws through a variety of programs, offering expert assistance and providing outreach materials to assist with your business's recycling, composting and waste diversion needs. Learn more about their programs at Marin Sanitary Service - Commercial. Is your business located in another part of Marin? Visit to find out who the hauler is where you work. And, if your business has food to donate, on a one time or ongoing basis, please contact, a Marin-based nonprofit helping reduce waste and feed the hungry here in the county.
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Green Events, Opportunities & Resources
The 2017 State of the City Dinner
Join us to celebrate the Large, Small, and Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Peacock Gap Clubhouse
5:00pm: 'Best of San Rafael' appetizers, wine tasting, networking
6:30pm: Program begins
7:00pm: Plated dinner served

$125 per person ($140 after March 2)

Green Business Committee Meeting
THIRD Weds of Every Month, 9:30 - 11:00 am
SR Chamber Board Room
RSVP @ 415-454-4163

Environmental Forum of Marin Lecture Series Begins!
Join the Forum and receive member discounts on series tickets. Environmental Education and Advocacy for 40+ years.  Join the Forum and receive member-discounts on series tickets. Visit website link for additional details.
Sat, Feb 4
Weds, Mar 8
Sat, Mar 18
Weds, Mar 22
Weds, Apr 12
Weds, Apr 26

Marin Green Drinks
Hosted by Lotus Cuisine of India
704 Fourth Street, SR
2nd Tues of Every Month, 5:30-7:30 pm

Zero Waste Panel - Insights for Builders on New Mandates
Tues, Feb 21
4:30 pm Reception
Panel Presentation with Q&A  5:00-7:00 pm
Hosted by The Away Station, Fairfax, CA

Saturday, Feb 25, 8-9am
Thurs, Mar 30, 4:30-7:00 pm
EDG Offices @ Hamilton Landing, Suite 200
Sustainable San Rafael
Sustainable San Rafael is an all-volunteer group of folks dedicated to advocacy and education to help bring about a healthy and aware society. We are organized around the idea that we can-and must-do more to fight climate change and encourage sustainable living.
Agricultural Institute of Marin
Marin's Farmers Markets

MCE - SmartCharge EV Pilot Program
In collaboration with eMotorWerks, the MCE SmartCharge program is an electric vehicle (EV) pilot program that adapts the times when your car is charging in order to help relieve grid congestion and maximize renewable energy capacity in CA. The SmartCharge program began this month and will last one year.     

Marin Climate & Energy Partnership
Climate goals, best practices, track sustainability, join an eco-team!

City of San Rafael - Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP)
Update Meetings
Quarterly community update meetings on the implementation of the Climate Action Plan are generally held the 3rd Thursday of the month each January, April, July, and October. Subscribe to the Email Distribution list, choose General News and Updates, and it will take you to a page where you can select Sustainability and Green Initiatives.