2016 SB Award Winners, DATACATE Inc., Continue to improve their energy efficiency!

Datacate Inc. has been a Sustainable Business since 2016 and are winners of the 2016 SB award in the Energy Efficiency category. Re certified in 2018, they continue to improve their practices by investing in energy efficient equipment.

​Read below to learn about their newly implemented "path-of-lighting" system


City of Sacramento's EV Program Updates

NEW: Green City Programs Announcement

On June 13, 2018 the City of Sacramento and Electrify America announced new zero-emission Green City initiatives. The programs will include new types of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) car share programs, ZEV shuttle and bus routes, and state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging systems. Read the press release, infographic, and fact sheets at:


Curbside EV Charging Pilot: Draft Guidance Now Available

On June 14, 2018, the Department of Public Works (DPW) released draft policy guidance for the Curbside EV Charging Pilot Program. This guidance is now available for public review and comment.


WANTED: Staffing Support

Each year SMUD awards at least 20% of their contracts to local small businesses through their SEED (Supplier Education and Economic Development) program. Once your business is certified as a Small Business with the CA Department of General Services (DGS), your business can bid on these contracts. 

Get SEED Certified here:​

Click the link below to place your bid.


WANTED: Small Business Contractors

​SMUD is looking for local small business contractors to bid on the construction of the new Station E Substation. Click the link to learn more about the $25 million in contracting opportunities.


New Organics Recycle Law for Businesses and Multi-Family Complexes (State Law AB1826)

Heading this AB1826 project is Sacramento Regional Solid Waste Authority. The Business and Multi-Family Ordinance requires all commercial properties to separate recyclable materials from garbage waste. As established by April 1, 2016, businesses meeting certain thresholds are required to divert organic material. The deadline for implementation of recycling is January 1, 2017 for any generator of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week.

For recycling services in compliance with AB1826 businesses may use franchised haulers, authorized recyclers or can self-haul recyclables to the recycling center. ​

Food Waste Toolbox:​​

Hauler and Recycler List:​



2018 Sustainable Business Awards Sept. 19

The business community and the public are invited to celebrate the recipients of the Annual Sacramento Area Sustainable Business (SB) Awards, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wednesday September 19th at the Golden 1 Center! The event is free; register today at no cost. 

Presented by the Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC), the event features a green business expo with a continental breakfast, networking and informational outreach tables, along with an awards ceremony. 
The ceremony recognizes top environmentally proactive Sacramento area businesses whose work practices demonstrate an outstanding commitment to enhancing sustainability. This year's award categories are:​

  • Energy Conservation

  • Water Conservation

  • Pollution Prevention

  • Solid Waste Reduction

  • Green Building

  • Transportation & Air Quality

BERC's SB Program is the region's benchmark for achieving sustainable practices. Since its establishment in 2007, the program has performed more than 530 certifications and has awarded 212 unique businesses.​

 RSVP at the link below!



How to do business with SMUD event

​Please attend this NO COST interactive breakfast and learn How to Do Business with SMUD on August 20, 2018

We will be discussing Contracting Opportunities, SMUD Small Business Incentive Program and “TIPS" on bidding with SMUD

Don't miss it! This event will be filling up fast, so please register today to secure your seat.​


Free SMUD Workshops Click Here->

​Click the link below to see what workshops SMUD is offering to local businesses and community members.​


AUG-15 "Book Keeping For Small Businesses"

Often times accounting is the last thing most entrepreneurs think about when they begin their business. Most people decide to begin a business because there is something to offer the world. Most business owners are not equipped to deal with finances for a number of reasons; one could be knowledge, the other reason is money to pay a bookkeeper. This course addresses both of these reasons. Bookkeeping for Non-Bookkeepers is a course that gives you, the business owner; terms that can help broaden your knowledge. It gives you the sense of confidence to prepare your bookkeeping if hiring bookkeeping is not part of the budget now! 

Learning Objectives:

  • Bookkeeping Terms
  • Charts of Accounts
  • The Use of Charts of Accounts in Accounting Software


AUG-15 How to Utilize the Fundamentals of Quickbooks Pro

If you are wondering if QuickBooks Pro is right for you, or how to maximize the one you already have, this class is for you. We’d suggest taking this class before setting up the program incorrectly. This class can help you avoid common mistakes and a lot of wasted time and effort.