Greener JC’s Green Business toolkit aims to aid local businesses in Jersey City with becoming more sustainable through grants, education, and outreach specifically around the areas of waste and energy. The web page provides information to help businesses make changes (large or small), become more sustainable, and prepare for new ordinances such as the city-wide plastic ban!
Greener JC offers many resources in the Toolkit:
Evaluate your business’s current sustainability initiatives and locate areas that need improvement.
Reducing energy usage both helps your business become more sustainable and save you money!
America wastes roughly 40 million tons of food per year. The majority of this goes to landfills, taking up 22% of landfill space. Help improve your environmental footprint by taking steps to reduce food waste through food waste reduction, food donation, and composting.
One way to help the environment is to reduce waste to landfills. By reducing waste, your business can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money, and become a green certified business. Shift business model to reduce and reuse!
Water saving techniques are a great way to save money and help to maintain the water within our rivers and bays which lead to keeping the environment healthy.
Reducing water consumption can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as it avoids the energy we need to generate to heat and provide water to consumers. Help make sure that using water remains a “human right” and not a luxury!
Provides guides with specific resources for all types of businesses
This program provide grants for the repair, maintenance, upgrade, replacement, and installation of certain HVAC systems, and the installation of energy efficient and water-conserving appliances to improve air quality and energy performance in school districts and small businesses, especially woman and minority owned in underserved communities. The program pays for up to 75% of the cost to repair and/or replace equipment!
Receive 10%-15% in monthly energy savings and support clean and local power!
Companies who donate fit and wholesome food can receive tax deductions and are protected under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996: https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/07/08/federal-incentives-businesses-donate-food
As of October 14th 2021, NJ companies that produce at least 52 tons of food waste per year will be required to separate the food waste from solid waste and send to food recycling centers or compost the food waste on site.
See more informaiton here: https://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/new-jerseys-new-mandate-for-food-waste-recycling/
Want to know where your business stands in regards to waste? Take a free waste assessment: https://www.rts.com/free-waste-assessment-2/
CircularWare consults with corporations, universities and restaurants seeking to transition their food service to sustainable, circular systems that reduce waste and cost. They offer custom branded, trackable container for your program as well as analyze the hidden costs of existing single-use, takeout containers and the upside of moving to reusables.
Community Compost is women owned Hudson Valley based company that works to collect food scraps in order to produce compost that can aid in restoring our soil and help to reduce waste.
Through their outreach efforts, they are able to educate the consumer on proper methods of food waste reduction and how composting is a valuable thing to incorporate into your daily lifestyle.
Deliver Zero is working to reduce plastic waste from to go orders in NYC.
When ordering from the app, consumers receive meals in reusable containers that can be returned to any participating kitchen for sanitizing and reuse. Containers can also be returned to the delivery person upon next order. This reduces the use of plastic containers, silverware and bags!
The Eco Fairy takes your food waste and is able to transform it into fertilizer within 24 hours. This process works towards their goals of being able to help people reduce their waste and reduce the costs of their waste/impact on our environment.
The values that Ecoluncbox holds center around the need to eliminate plastics and the toxins that are found in many products we have, such as lunchboxes. Essentially, they make non-toxic, stainless steel and silicone food containers in order to reduce the amount of plastic that is wasted through items like lunchboxes.
Forest Founders Rewards is a new environmental loyalty program designed to allow your customers to plant trees by shopping at your business. Through the scan of a QR code, combined with our addictive web application, customers can negate their carbon footprint while shopping at your business.
Green Bucket Compost is a food waste collection company that works with businesses, households and municipalities to divert their organic waste. The materials we collect are processed locally to help produce renewable energy!
Plastic Free Restaurants works to eliminate plastic that is produced by restaurants. This is done through their plan to subsidize the cost difference between the plastic that restaurants currently use and the alternatives that they agree to use in the future.
Re:Dish works by providing a service in which they provide reusable containers and cup services that take away disposable containers. They work by sending and collecting containers and cups that are returned once being cleaned and sanitized in order to reduce carbon and water usage.
Replate is a food rescue organization that leverages technology & logistics to match surplus food from businesses with communities in need. Through these efforts, we aim to reduce food waste, mitigate climate change, and counter food insecurity.
Rethink Disposable is a program that works to prevent waste by working with institutions and governments to minimize disposable packaging.
Too Good To Go is a Anti Waste Food App that encourages individuals to refrain from wasting food through various stories and articles that inform individuals about the issues at hand.
They also show great deals at eateries and places to shop where individuals can go to get food and buy food products in an effort to reduce waste!
Zero Waste is a waste and recycling management company that works to eliminate waste by introducing innovative methods that work for businesses and individuals who want to reduce waste within their own homes.
Green Business Toolkit developed by Abdulrafay Amir and Shannon Diaz- Greener JC 2021 Summer Interns
Green Business Logo and event flyer created by Sophia Prieto- Greener JC 2021 Summer Intern