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A 4-step Approach To Reducing Corporate Food Waste


Nearly a billion people suffer from chronic hunger. Around 30 percent of food grown today is never eaten. In an interesting post for Green Biz, Kai Robertson discusses a 4-step approach to reducing corporate food waste.

Reducing food waste can help companies reduce waste disposal fees, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve supply-chain stability and provide food for those in need.  There are at least 4 simple steps that companies can take to reduce food waste. Click here to read more.

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Smart Green Tip: Green Your Office Commute


Your daily commute to work is one of the largest contributors to your environmental footprint. According to 2009 government census data, the average work commute is 25.1 minutes in the United States. Over 86% of Americans drive a car, truck or van to work, while only 5% use public transportation.

Here are a few ideas from the Green Business Bureau to help you green your commute:

1) Allow your employees to telecommute by working from home. There are many free programs such as Skype and Google Plus that can make telecommuting convenient and cost-effective.

2) Encourage employees to use public transit to save time and fuel. Consider subsidizing transit passes and earn tax credits.

3) Start your own carpool or rideshare rewards program. Every day ask employees to write their name on a list posted in the office if they carpooled to work. At the end of the month, give a treat to employees who carpooled most often. New ridesharing services such as Car2Go and Zimride can also help employees find group rides.

4) Encourage your employees to bike to work. Facilitate a healthy and green lifestyle by providing bike racks and showers.

Learn more about greener methods of transportation from experts at Green Irene.

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GBB Member, Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, Committed to Greening



Just north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll discover the relaxed elegance of Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa. This historic boutique hotel is poised on a lush hillside on the waterfront of downtown Sausalito, with breathtaking views of Sausalito, Richardson Bay and the hills of Belvedere.

Check out GBB’s new member case study of the lovely Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa to learn how they saved over $10,000/year through green initiatives:

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Green Business Bureau Monthly News for July 2013


FREE Eco-Friendly Products on July 30th!

GBB recently honored legendary social entrepreneur, John Paul DeJoria, with our “Visionary Leader” award and he is giving back by offering 1,000 FREE eco-friendly products to GBB members. Simply visit the John Paul Selects website on July 30thstarting at 9am PST and choose your specially selected product. You just pay for shipping. The 1,000 products will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. 

John Paul DeJoria with GBB's Jamie Clem

                 John Paul DeJoria with GBB’s Jamie Clem


Welcome to Our New Members and Welcome Back to Our Renewing Members!

HotelPlanner – West Palm Beach, FL – Water Systems Consulting, San Luis Obispo, CA –Coupe Sixty-One, Kings Beach, CA – Sorrestal Academy, Mooresville, NC – Moey Inc., Brooklyn, NY – Daisy Cleaners, Salem, NH – JD Ventures, Germantown, TN – Bank of Commerce Mortgage, San Ramon, CA – Ritual Arts, Portland, OR – Foam It Green, Chicago, IL – Greiner Bio-One, Monroe, NC – Smith Management Group, St. Louis, MO –Green Tea Films, Miami, FL – Food Import Group, Englewood Cliffs, NJ – Waterloo Ford Lincoln, Edmonton, AB – Aqua Pure Pool, Dunkirk, MD – Carolina IT Professionals, Mount Holly, NC – GreenMyShoot, Miami, FL – Centurion Janitorial Services, Pacifica, CA – Infolob Solutions, Irving, TX

Member Spotlight

Vertical Gardening with Cara de Planta

GBB member Grupo Especializado en Cultura Ecológica Radical S.A. de C.V. in Mexico creates Do-It-Yourself vertical gardening systems. This recent promotional stencil was made from mud with no paint!

Green Street Promotion

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1,000 FREE Eco-friendly Products Giveaway


As you may have seen or heard, last week the Green Business Bureau presented humanitarian billionaire, John Paul DeJoria, with our “Visionary Leader” award. The award recognized one of John Paul DeJoria’s latest ventures – GBB member, John Paul Selects – which is an eCommerce platform for socially and environmentally responsible brands.

In celebration of the award, for one day only – July 30th, 2013 – beginning at 9am PST, John Paul Selects will open its doors for participants to log on to the site and choose one of one thousand specially selected FREE products. Shoppers just pay for shipping. The 1,000 products will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

John Paul Dejoria explains: “We wanted a way to commemorate our winning the award and to show appreciation to the community for supporting us. This also allows people to test out some products they might be interested in.”

If you’re an eco-friendly consumer brand, contact John Paul Selects to find out how their new Fusion Distribution Solution can help your business!

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Founder of GBB Member, John Paul Selects, Receives GBB’s “Visionary Leader” Award


On July 16th, 2013 in Los Angeles, GBB’s Jamie Clem presented iconic entrepreneur, John Paul DeJoria, with our Visionary Leader award (made in the USA from recycled glass!).

As the self-made founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and many other successful businesses, John Paul DeJoria is a perfect role model for our thousands of members who work hard every day to develop their companies and serve their communities. With its new “Fusion Distribution Solution” business model, John Paul Selects is showing John Paul DeJoria’s progressive vision by supporting emerging entrepreneurs who create brands that not only improve peoples’ lives, but also make our planet more sustainable. Stay tuned for more information on how John Paul Selects’ Fusion Distribution Solution can help grow you business!

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