sustainability resources

Climate change

  • This organization supports projects and research on climate, energy, greenhouse gas emissions and more. It is one of the top organizations providing substantive info on climate changes issues.

  • Founded by New Resource board member Bob Epstein, this national community of independent business leaders advocates for good environmental policy while building economic prosperity. The E2 website details current campaigns and how you can get involved.

  • Individuals, families and businesses can calculate their carbon footprint and purchase carbon offsets, with full information on the projects their offsets fund.


  • PCV provides access to business development resources; the organization develops and invests in businesses providing economic gains to low- and moderate-income communities in California.

  • SVN inspires business and social leaders to build a just economy and sustainable planet with forums, conferences and other programs that build community and foster sharing best practices and resources.

  • A nonprofit, run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that provides peer support groups, tools and resources for start-ups.

General sustainability

  • This department of the city and county of San Francisco provides resources to help businesses and individuals reduce landfill waste, increase energy efficiency, improve air quality and more. It also helps businesses adopt sustainable environmental practices through the San Francisco Green Business program.

Green building

  • This membership organization developed the LEED green building rating system and provides training, research, resources and other professional development opportunities.

  • This nonprofit membership organization promotes healthy energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California and provides resources and training for homeowners as well as building pros, including directories of green building products and certified experts.

Green products & organics

  • A nonprofit promoting locally manufactured and sources products and services.

  • Want to know what’s really organic? This site will tell you. It provides a wealth of information, including a consumer’s guide, news, market analysis and more.

  • A guide to green consumer products, rated and compared based on health, environment and social responsibility

  • A resource for purchasing environmentally friendly business products, with the proceeds benefiting community nonprofits.

Public Policy

  • The EPA’s Climate Change website is a portal to climate science issues, research findings, federal regulations and more.

  • The federal energy ratings program developed by the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy covers products, home improvement, buildings and plants, and new homes.

  • Learn about the state’s regulations and programs, pending legislation and environmental research.

Renewable energy

  • This trade association for solar developers provides assistance with projects financing, and it focuses  on power purchase agreements (PPAs).

  • This national nonprofit trade association has a website full of news, research and policy updates. The California chapter website is

  • This nonprofit works to mitigate climate change through policy and consumer-protection mechanisms, focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions.

Sustainability for businesses


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