Things Are Greener In Albany!

The City of Albany is partner to the Alameda County Green Business Program, and has a number of certified green businesses, including restaurants, auto repair shops, and service organizations. Interested in shopping or becoming a green business? Visit the Alameda County Green Business Program, for more information.

A simple way to green your business is to reduce waste, while at the same time save money. Did you know that organics service is subsidized and provided at 50% less than the cost of comparable garbage service? In addition, businesses are entitled to recycling service at no extra charge. Waste Management will also provide a free waste analysis of your business to help you reduce waste and save money. Contact Waste Management of Alameda County to sign up for waste reduction services today by calling (510) 613-8710. For more information see the Commercial Service Guide.

The majority of businesses within the City of Albany have chosen to green their practices, and save money while improving our local environment. Encourage businesses you use to take the same green pledge, and support the following businesses who have already gone green!

For businesses that would like more information, following is a list of several green opportunities for you:

  • Recycling Program 
    Did you know businesses could obtain recycling service from Waste Management at no extra charge? Contact Waste Management (510) 613-2104 to learn more. 
  • Food Scraps Organics Program
    Here is a way to minimize the amount of waste from your business. Food scraps can be disposed of as organics, which are then composted into soil to grow more food! Need an incentive? Businesses can obtain organics service for 50% less than regular trash service. Contact Waste Management at (510) 613-2104 to learn more. 
  • Smartlights
    Many small businesses have not upgraded their lighting systems in decades. That means you might be wasting thousands of dollars a year to power bad lighting. By installing new equipment, you can reduce energy costs by as much as 20-50% and improve lighting quality.
  • Alameda County Green Business Program
    Become recognized as an environmental leader, strengthen your bottom line through operating efficiencies, improve employee morale & the health of the workplace, hold a marketing edge over the competition.

Additional Green Business Resources:

  • GreenBiz
    Green Business web site, with great links, book reviews, etc. Based in Oakland, serves national audience.
  • Green Business Certification Program
    Green Business Certification Program including Alameda County
  • Thimmakka – Resources for Environmental Education
    An environmental non-profit that helps businesses complete the Green Business Certification process. Focuses on greening restaurants as well. 
  • Teleosis Institute
    An education non-profit organization devoted to Green Health Care, offering information and training programs linking good health to environmental concerns.
  • Sustainable Business
    A membership organization comprised of companies who are committed to greater sustainability in their business policies and practices. Local to the East Bay.
  • Green Chamber of Commerce (Bay Area)
    The Green Chamber of Commerce organizes businesses that produce goods and services promoting a healthy environment and/or operate in a manner that conserves resources, prevents pollution and curtails greenhouse gases.
  • Bay Area Council
    The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization advocating for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives in the Bay Area.