Partnerships


Benefits:


Marketing for your green business

Trade show representation

Marketing and publishing

Inclusion in EcoTours

EcoTour Discounts

Networking and collaboration

Signage and window decal

Radio and television interviews

EcoRing event exposure


Greening Consulting Services

Energy efficiency, water conservation and recycling advice

Green business certification help

Business greening resource listings


Building the future of EcoTourism

Promoting low-carbon transportation

Multi-use trails

Water trails

Rail lines

Electric Car Charging network

Protecting environmental values

Forest and watershed restoration

Sustainable agriculture

Greenhouse gas reduction


Requirements:


To become a EcoRing Partner a business must meet EcoRing's GREEN BUSINESS CERTIFICATION standards or, alternately, hold certification for one of the following:

Organic Farming

California Green Business

Green Restaurant 


EcoRing recognizes that improving a business’s environmental record is a journey, not a destination.  New understanding and new technologies make “green” a moving target.  We also recognize the financial constraints that limit what is possible for businesses to do and how fast.


Therefore, EcoRing bases its Green Business Certification on a principle of continuing improvement.   EcoRing will certify a business that commits to greening one aspect of its operations from  each of three categories each year on an ongoing basis.  EcoRing will schedule an interview and develop with the business a Plan of Action specifying each measure to be taken that year.  In successive years EcoRing will schedule an audit to confirm that the specified measures were completed and set new goals for the next year.


Energy Conservation

Electricity: 

1.Install LED lighting wherever possible.

2.Install solar panels

3.Change to Sonoma Green Power

Water Heating:

1.Install tank blanket

2.Install on-demand water heater

3.Install solar water heating

Space Heating:

1.Install weather stripping

2.Install insulation

3.Install double-pained windows

4.Install wood stove (where permissible)

Transportation:

1.Provide van service for guests

2.Provide complementary bicycles to guests.

3.Convert to electric service vehicles

4.Use rakes not leaf blowers

5.Use electric trimmers and lawn mowers


Water Conservation

1.Install low-flush toilets

2.Install low-flow shower heads

3.Check for and fix leaks

4.Install rain water catchment

5.Use drought resistant landscaping

6.Install swales to concentrate rainwater on plants

7.Use permeable surfaces for paths and parking areas

8.Meter water use

9.Install moister sensing irrigation shutoffs


Recycling, Waste Reduction and Toxics reduction

1.Provide recycling receptacles

2.Contract with trash hauler that sorts trash

3.Avoid plastic items where possible

4.Use recycled materials for construction

5.Use washable utensils and dinnerware

6.Use recycled and recyclable products

7. Use nontoxic cleaning and garden supplies B


Cost


Businesses with 0-2 employees $65 per year

Businesses with 3-15 employees $100 per year

Businesses with 16 or more employees  $200 per year


Apply for Partnership


To apply for Partnership email EcoRing at rcoates@sonic.net with the following information:


Business Name

Contact Person

Email

Best days and times for an interview



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