The fast-growing green business industry has been attracting a lot of attention, and the spotlight is on Sacramento. California’s capital city is a hub for earth-friendly companies. With a state-wide focus on limiting emissions, Sacramento is leading the way by supporting green businesses and creating new green jobs.
Why so green?
Sacramento is known for becoming one of the greenest cities in the world thanks in part to legislation that requires utility companies to get one-third of their electric energy from renewable resources by 2020. Several utility providers are already nearing this goal, with major provider Sacramento Municipal Utility District already sourcing about 25 percent of its power from renewable sources.
But it’s not just energy companies in Sacramento that are going green. There’s a growing green-tech sector in Sacramento, as well, and even small businesses are adopting environmentally-conscious practices.
Characteristics of a green business
In Sacramento, companies that get a certification from the Green Business Bureau enjoy a reduction in operating costs and a reputation as a company that cares. Besides reducing their carbon footprint by relying on renewable energy sources, these businesses may also engage in sustainable business practices like recycling, using eco-friendly packaging materials and bags, or contributing a portion of their profits to charities which work to protect the environment.
For consumers, supporting these businesses means supporting companies which are actively trying to lower pollution and leave the world a better place. It also means strengthening the local economy, as green businesses typically source materials and labor locally.
More upside for residents
Supporting Sacramento’s green businesses may also mean more jobs for residents. Between 1995 and 2008, Sacramento led the state of California in green job growth to the tune of 87 percent. During that time, green jobs in Sacramento grew at three times the rate of all jobs created in California—and they continued to grow even during the recession. As entrepreneurs capitalize on California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses, you can likely expect to see green job growth continue to take off.
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