What does it mean to be a green business?


Celebrating 10 years as Certified Green Businesses: SAHA - Satellite Affordable Housing Associates - Main Office, Melissa Joy Manning, Grove Street Kids, the David Brower Center, California State University East Bay/The Oakland Center, Barney's Hamburgers, and the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies. (Not pictured: Beneficial State Bank, Sustainable Technologies, DRAGA design)

The Alameda County Green Business Program recognized the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies for its 10-year anniversary as a green business at a celebratory event in downtown Oakland, CA, on October 23, 2019.

The Green Business Program recognizes businesses that:

  • Comply with all environmental regulations.
  • Take steps to conserve natural resources, prevent pollution, and reduce waste.

We start with our work space. We have energy efficient lighting and equipment, low-flush toilets, and energy-efficient windows and doors, and use energy wisely when heating and cooling our space. We use fragrance- and chemically-free cleaners and teaching materials.

You’ll see that we use recycled paper and used textbooks. When using new paper, we use recycled, biodegradable, nontoxic paper, and we support businesses that do the same.

We offer students filtered water and tea using glass and porcelain.

We participate in a Zero Waste program, where we recycle, reuse and compost our garbage to reduce our waste to almost nothing. When traveling we group trips together, and promote car and ride sharing, and encourage public transportation whenever possible.

These actions are aligned with our mission of being an environmentally conscious business.

Thank you for supporting our efforts.


Photo: Dr. Marion Gerlind, Director of the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies and Carolina Miranda,
Sustainability & B Corp Consultant, Cultivating Capital, Green Business Consultant



March 2019: The Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies and DRAGA design (JB), among others, were recognized by EBMUD as "WaterSmart businesses" in 2019. These are "not only Certified Green Businesses, but they are also making great strides in conserving water."
~ Carolina Miranda, California Green Business Network, Alameda County