Earl’s Is Now a San Francisco Certified Green Business
Earl’s Organic Produce is the first wholesale produce distributor to become a San Francisco Certified Green Business. Becoming a Certified Green Business requires complying with over 65 stringent environmental standards and completing numerous government inspections.
Earl’s chose to become Green Business Certified as a way to push us to achieve even higher environmental standards and to demonstrate our commitment to operating a minimally impactful facility.
Earl’s began the process of green business certification in November, 2014 and became certified in November 2015. We are very proud to join a community of committed businesses in the City working collectively towards San Francisco’s long term environmental sustainability goals.
Some significant achievements that took place this year included:
- Eliminating the use of all non-essential toxic or hazardous materials from our facility- using only non-toxic cleaning chemicals that are SF approved or Green Seal Certified.
- Purchasing 100% recycled non-printing related paper products such as toilet tissues and paper towels.
- Retrofitting all office and warehouse lighting to LEDs and installing occupancy sensors to reduce energy consumption by 24%.
- Replacing all our refrigeration fan units with energy efficient alternatives to reduce energy consumption by 18%.
- Installing low flow faucet aerators to improve water use efficiency.
- Establishing commuter benefits for our bicyclist employees.
Some of our other ongoing environmental sustainability projects and programs include:
- Recycling non-traditional items such as batteries, pens, film plastic, temperature recorders, pallets, and nitrile gloves.
- Using only reusable flatware and dishes.
- Having a thorough waste management program, a 97% diversion rate, and a goal of zero waste by 2020.
- Using route optimization software to reduce vehicle miles traveled.
- Having an interdepartmental sustainability committee.
- Using recycled printer paper.
- Purchasing compostable and recycled/recyclable office supplies whenever possible.
- Only purchasing organic accouterments for our kitchen.
- Offering commuter benefits to our employees using public transportation.
- And much more!
Some exciting things that we have in store for the next year include:
- Greening our IT infrastructure
- Purchasing 100% renewable energy
- Developing our sustainability training program and internal employee engagement program
- Expanding the breadth of our community engagement
We look forward to connecting with businesses and individuals over a shared passion for sustainability at EcoFarm in January!
For questions regarding Earl’s sustainability program please contact Kat Vining at email@example.com