SINCE 2004

The Rosebud Agency Is One Of The First Certified Green Business In Bay Area

The Rosebud Agency was spotlighted in the March 3, 2004 issue of the "San Francisco Bay Guardian" for being one of the first businesses examined for certification in the 'City by the Bay's' Green Business Program. "The voluntary program gives 'green certification' to businesses with exceptional environmental practices. Participating companies must show they go beyond simple compliance with standards to reduce waste, minimize resource consumption, and prevent pollution." Rosebud was lauded for its solar-powered office operation, its various recycling programs (reusing everything from envelopes and boxes to packing peanuts) and its composting efforts. The Guardian noted that the Green Business Program coordinator, Virginia St. Jean, "seemed blown away by The Rosebud Agency".

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Preceding our 2010 Green Business recertification, we replaced our toilets with High Efficiency Toilets (HET) with a flush rate of 0.8 - 1.2 gallons per flush. This was completed through San Francisco Community Power's direct install program with the SF Public Utility Commission, which replaces older model toilets at no cost to individuals and small businesses. In addition, we installed new lamps and ballasts with the more energy efficient T8 model throughout our solar powered office.

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March 3, 2004: Getting your green card
San Francisco launches its Green Business certification program

...It's no surprise the first applicants on the list (35 businesses have signed up so far) include progressive companies that have likely been certifiably green for years, such as the social change-focused New College of California, and Conscious Design, which provides affordable visual media to nonprofits. But even St. Jean seemed blown away by the Rosebud Agency, the first business she inspected. A small but reputable music agency representing artists such as the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Robert Cray Band, Rosebud uses rooftop solar panels to power its Upper Haight office. Owner Mike Kappus and his staff reuse every envelope and box they can and take packing peanuts to Mailboxes Etc. for recycling. Office compost is used to fertilize a garden out back, and one of the two bathrooms has a flush-as-needed policy. And Kappus is on a one-man crusade against junk mail and the waste it generates: "I send it back," he says. "Imagine if everyone did that: [the senders] would really feel the impact of what they're doing." ...