Green Business Tips


Tree Service, Tree Removal, Landscaping by Sonoma Marin Arborists Inc

Posted in News by kahl on November 4, 2013
Tags: , , , ,

Got Green? We’re Here to Help!

Established in 2007, Sonoma-Marin Arborists Inc. is a small, woman-owned, licensed tree and landscaping company offering certified arborist consultation, certified line clearance arborists, a licensed timber operator, CCO, and master green building professional service in the 6th year of their operation. With over 20 years experienced in the field, SMArborists explore green waste recovery and salvage opportunities while delivering quality, communication, & craftsmanship.

Sonoma-Marin Arborists Services:

* Licensed Tree Service
* Stump Removal
* Landscaping Contractor
* Tree Trimming
* Hazard tree assessment from trimming to total tree removal
* Certified Line Clearance Arborists
* Salvaged Redwood lumber for sale from saw logs
* Large-scale brush chipping with excavator
* Invasive species, tall grass, weed mowing & mastication
* Tractor & excavator work
* Hauling of wood & chips
*Certified Line Clearance Arborist
* Class A commercial trucking license & 65 foot rear mount bucket truck
* Crane services with Ad-Lite Crane & Precision Crane Services
* On-site wood milling available
* Tree mulching for overall health & vigor
* Firebreaks done in participation with local fire & fuel load specialists
* Overseeing spraying for SOD
* Tree assessment in conjunction with Consulting Arborists
* Safety pruning with regard to high target & traffic areas
* Fast response to storm emergencies

Trees and the land are integral parts of the ecosystems that SMArborists advocate for, but they also view them, in a much broader sense, as directly interconnected to our larger planet, as a whole.

The most exciting & rewarding part of SMA’s tree & landscaping projects is seeing the benefits of proper tree & land care, with regards to sustainability, aesthetics, & the multifaceted functionality of trees, plants, & earth, well placed. The Sonoma Marin Arborists are working for the Planet!

Proper tree care is necessary. It should be done by a licensed arborist. They are specialists in proper trimming of trees. Pruning or removal can be dangerous. We can help!

For tree service and landscaping contact Sonoma Marin Arborists Inc. at 415-455-8733. Visit http://www.smarborists.com/.

To color and protect interior wood and furniture use high performance Brushing Wax from English Country Pine & Design.

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on January 16, 2013

Brushing Wax is the quick way to a completely natural wax finish. Simply brush on and buff off.

 

Based on customers’ demands, John Varney of English Country Design developed a revolutionary new high performance BRUSHING WAX finish.

English Country Pine & Design is a custom woodwork shop established in 1986 in Marin County, CA by John Varney, an English Craftsman and Designer with patience and an eye for detail.

English Country Pine & Design is woodwork green company. They use low-low VOC emissions for their water based products brushing wax.

Why Brushing Wax?

 

No worries!

No More Water Rings

Heat Resistance

Non-Yellowing

Sensuous Waxy Feel

UV Stabilized

Sheen of Wax

Ideal for Tabletops

Water Base

Easy To Use

Effortless Clean-Up

Low V.O.C.

Choice of Colors

Great Sealer for Faux Finishes

Works on Metal & Plaster

Water Resistant

Heat Resistant

 About John Varney and Brushing Wax

 

English craftsman, designer, John Varney has an eye for detail as a master of art. He runs English Country Pine for over 25 years. He has lectured for the A.S.I.D. on furniture design addressing how to incorporate modern technologies into a traditional design.

Originally the finishes would be in dark stains and varnished in an attempt to mimic the quality high end furnishings. That’s why he developed a revolutionary new high performance BRUSHING WAX finish. The quick way to a natural wax finishes enhancing the natural beauty of the wood.

 

To order Brushing Wax contact John@ 415-485-3800. http://brushingwax.com/

The Emerging Status of Nonprofits And the Bystander Effect

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on December 16, 2012

On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was returning home from work as a bar manager in New York. She parked her car and walked towards her apartment, just a 100 feet away. Suddenly she heard footsteps racing behind her. Before she could react, the assailant stabbed her twice. Screaming at the top of her lungs, she cried for help; repeatedly. No one came.  She died two hours later.

As investigators and reporters began piecing the story together, they were shocked by the lack of citizen intervention. At least two dozen people heard the screams over a 30-minute time span. Politicians, psychologists and clergymen were outraged, calling it another example of our apathetic social decay.

But two psychologists weren’t so sure. They wanted to know why Kitty was offered no help. Over the course of the next year, they conducted a series of experiments in crowded and private situations to understand what triggers and doesn’t trigger a response from bystanders. Here’s what they discovered:

Crowds behave like schools of fish – they group think. If there are no reactions to a stimulus, no one in the crowd will act. They found that “no one wants to stands out in a crowd.” This was proven time and time again as experiments were conducted on busy New York streets.

But as they tweaked their experiments, they finally discovered the answer and what instigates a reaction.

In today’s version of the “bystander effect,” one of our most precious socially important industries continue to pattern their future in the same methods as the past. As funds continue to dry up, many nonprofit agencies continue to seek financial help by using a single method of revenue generation: writing grants.

In comparison, a growing legion of innovative nonprofits across the globe are building “social enterprises,” and generating income through their own sales and services. One important result of this type of income is that grant-makers are more inclined to approve funds to organizations that are proving their ability to diversify their resources and gain greater self-sufficiency.

So in collaboration between Renaissance Marin and the Marin Community Foundation, we’re launching our best effort to break the bystander effect. Open to the first 20 nonprofits, this is an opportunity for agencies to learn the methods for building their own social enterprises. Think about the alternative: stay steady on your current course and watch your grant dollars diminish. The cost is also exceptionally affordable with some tuitions at $100 – less than seven percent of a popular national training program.

This is the one and only time we’ll be offering this training in 2013. The program is tailored made for nonprofits with little or no experience with business modeling. Not only will you learn all the essentials, you’ll have an opportunity to pitch your concepts to a panel of well accomplished business and social entrepreneurs. For ten groups that finish this two-month program, personal consultation will be provide to help you take your concepts to reality.

In addition, the workshops have been developed to respect your busy schedule. We’ll be meeting once every Thursday morning for three hours during the eight-week program starting January 31.

To get all the information, we urge you to attend the upcoming orientation on Thursday, Dec. 13; 10am at Renaissance Marin, 1115 3rd Street, San Rafael.

This program is specific to nonprofit agencies in Marin County and highly recommended for organizations receiving their funding through MCF.

For reservations to the orientation, please call us at 415.755.1115.

If you find yourself among of sea of bystanders unwilling to help you, what the researchers found was to target a single individual, get in front and make a plea. They found that tactic was the most effective way to gain help because a single individual when alerted stops group-think and becomes personally responsible. 

 

 

RenCenter event: Increasing Revenues for Your Nonprofit

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on December 9, 2012
Renaissance Marin will conduct an orientation on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 am for nonprofit agencies who need to supplement their existing revenues by creating a social enterprise. 

This program comes through the sponsorship of the Marin Community Foundation which saw a need to help many of its own grantees to diversify their revenues streams. 

Renaissance Marin will be launching this workshop on January 31 to the first 20 organizations that sign up and pay the low-cost tuition, based on a sliding scale. 

The workshop will provide:  

* Classroom instruction
* Real-world practices
* One-on-one assistance and 
* An opportunity to pitch your concepts to a panel of  experts.  

If you’ve explored taking a workshop on this very subject, you know the costs are upwards of $1500. 

In this workshop, the tuition costs: 

Annual Revenue                                  Tuition
to $100,000                                            $100
$101,000 to $250,000                              $200
$251,000 to $500,000                              $300
$501,000 to $1,000,000                           $400
Over $1,000,000                                      $500

The training will take place at the Renaissance Center Marin in San Rafael. It will run three hours per session, once a week on Thursdays at 10am for eight weeks. Following the class sessions, a number of hours have been reserved to provide one-on-one assistance to individual agencies to help them launch their enterprises. 

So, if your agency has been searching for new ways to generate revenue, we urge you to attend this orientation, meet the staff and the main instructor. We’ll give you the full picture about the program because we all know that many nonprofits continue to operate at less-than adequate financial levels. 

Please RSVP to reserve your seat by calling 415.755.1115. Please note: this workshop is for Marin County Nonprofit Agencies only.  

Renaissance Marin

1115 Third Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 348-6300

http://rencentermarin.org/

Warm Wishes Holiday Campaign 2012

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on November 13, 2012

Warm_wishes_logo

We provide  5,000   “StreetPacks”   for  our  street  communities

Bags

Our 19th Year of providing Warm Wishes!

Each “StreetPack” is filled with NEW gloves, scarf, hat, rain poncho, socks and holiday card made by local school children to offer warmth and Warm Wishes! during the coldest months of the year.   Filled “StreetPacks “ are distributed throughout the entire Bay Area through over 40 agencies and on the streets by volunteers~ like YOU!

 

Call  415- 472-0211 to  volunteer or donate  go to www.warmwishes.org 

     Send your tax deductible donation to

Warm Wishes!  5800 Northgate Mall Ste 250,  San Rafael, CA 94903 

We need your suppport this holiday season to continue to serve the following agencies: We serve……Adopt a Family, Asian Women’s Shelter, BOSS – Building Opportunity for Self Sufficiency, BOSS – Oakland,

BOSS Berkeley – MASC Multi Agency Service Center, Helen Vine-Buckelew, Catholic Charities Family Support Center,

Cedars, Conservation Corps North Bay, Cotts Shelter, Faithful Fools Street Ministry, Interfaith Winter Shelter, Family Service Agency, Gilead House, Homeward Bound, Interfaith Street Chaplaincy/Shelter, Marin Juvenile Hall  and Probation,

La Casa De Las Madres ( SF), Lucas Valley Community Church, Marin City Clinic & The Outreach Collaborative,

Ritter Center, San Geronimo Valley Community Center, Sacred Heart Church in Olema, SF Community Clinic Consortium @Street Outreach Services- Mobile Medical Vans, St. Anthony’s, St. Vincent’s Dining Hall, Stinson Bolinas School, Sunny Hills, Timothy Murphy School for Boys, Urban Ministry/InnVision, West Marin Services West Marin Services, Westminster Church, Novato Human Needs Center, Thursday Soup Kitchen, Chinatown Community Development Center, American Red Cross, Treasure Island Permanent Housing, Compass Community Services, St. Joseph’s Family Center,

                                         W.O.M.A.N….and on the streets throughout the Bay Area…

           Volunteer on Saturday, December 1, 2012 

                         Help us assemble Warm Wishes “StreetPacks” at  

                                                            Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato

9:00 AM  SHARP!  Suggested donation: Adults $10.00/children FREE!  (no one turned away!)

 

 

 “I wondered why somebody didn’t do something, then I realized I was somebody.”   Author Unknown           

 

EcoLogic Landscaping provides ecological Landscape Architecture, Construction, and Maintenance Services for Marin and surrounding counties.

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on November 5, 2012

EcoLogic Landscaping provides Landscape Architecture, Construction, and Maintenance Services for Marin and surrounding counties.

 

With over 14 years in sustainable landscaping in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area, Ecologic Landscaping has the knowledge and expertise to create your garden from concept to completion. 

 

Whether renovating an existing landscape or creating a new garden, the company is committed to excellence that show in every detail. 

 

Ecologic Landscaping primary goal is to facilitate a dynamic, meaningful relationship between people and the land. They create gardens that are not only beautiful, but also provide an abundance of fresh food. Lets not forget the use of all-organic materials and highly efficient low water use irrigation systems.


About Ecologic Landscaping                        

 

Leith Carstarphen is the landscape designer and project supervisor for Ecologic Landscaping. He holds degrees in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture. Leith has been working in the San Francisco Bay Area in the field of landscape architecture, construction, and maintenance since 1994. He regularly leads workshops and classes on sustainability issues and has a passionate commitment to edible and useful plants, and is an avid home gardener.


Quality, Commitment, Service


With more than a decade of experienced in landscaping, EcoLogic Landscaping has mastered the knowledge and expertise in creating a garden from concept to completion.

 

The crews have extensive skills in constructing gardens of exquisite craftsmanship and lasting beauty, using sustainable and organic materials and methods.

 

The services include all facets of landscape construction: patios and pathways, rock walls and retaining walls, waterfalls and fountains, decks, arbors, fences, drainage systems, irrigation and dramatic lighting.


Sustainability

 

Ecologic Landscaping believes that the best gardens grow naturally.  Using only the finest organic fertilizers to help your landscape grow and mature. They never use harsh pesticides or herbicides but instead rely on non-toxic alternatives that are safe for your family and pets. They support thriving ecosystems, and pests are controlled naturally, by beneficial insects such as ladybugs. Flowering plants will attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and songbirds to your yard. They also create thriving ecosystems for all the microclimates of Northern California, whether shady or arid, and we strategically design landscaping to optimize growth and conserve water.


Edible Gardens

 

Ecologic Landscaping creates gardens that are not only beautiful, but also provide an abundance of fresh food. Imagine strolling through your garden with your children and harvesting perfectly ripe berries, vegetables, and culinary herbs. Landscape Services:


Architecture – Creative landscape designs are the specialty of EcoLogic Landscaping

 

Stonework – Custom stonework improves the lay of the land while adding a timeless quality to any garden

 

Carpentry / Gates – Wood helps define the boundaries of the garden, while providing structure and shade

 

Gates – Gates create a definition of spaces.  They create a separation of private from public space

 

Planting – Plants are what bring gardens to life! Plants attract hummingbirds and butterflies

Tree Care – Provides care for trees of all ages to treat diseases such as ‘Sudden Oak Death’

Outdoor Kitchen – Increase the usability of your garden, and take advantage of California’s mild climate with an outdoor kitchen

 

Waterfalls – Water in the garden soothes the spirit and completes the garden experience.

 

For more information about green landscape architecture services call Ecologic Landscaping at 415-454-8903

Renaissance Marin is a nonprofit small business development center assisting Marin County small business

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on October 8, 2012

Renaissance Marin opened their offices in San Rafael in 2012. Renaissance Marin is a project of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center dedicated to starting & growing local small businesses.

Mission

The mission of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.

Launched in partnership with the Marin Community Foundation, Renaissance Marin provides critical access to training, resources and support services designed to help aspiring and established entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of small business success and financial independence.

Whether you are a retailer, designer, manufacturer, contractor or bookkeeper — in the startup or expansion phase — Renaissance Marin will provide you with the training, tools, resources and networks needed to create your own thriving business.

Located at 1115 Third Street in San Rafael, Renaissance Marin provides office space in our small business incubator as well as drop in co-working space.

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Launched in 1985, Renaissance has served tens of thousands of clients in a wide range of industries – from food, fashion and graphic design to education, technology and healthcare.

We offer small business training and resources at four locations:

Renaissance SoMa, San Francisco (headquarters)

Renaissance Bayview, San Francisco

Renaissance Mid-Peninsula, East Palo Alto

Renaissance Marin, San Rafael

SERVICES:

Classes & Workshops

Renaissance’s intensive business planning and introductory business classes will assist business owners in developing the marketing, finance, operations and management skills needed to write a comprehensive business plan and put you on your path to entrepreneurial success.

Advanced classes and workshops will hone your business skills. Both classes and workshops will give the opportunity to learn from successful small business owners, industry experts, graduates and your peers.

Business Incubator

Business Incubator provides both emerging and established small business owners with a vibrant and supportive community of peers and professionals.

They offer low cost office space, professional consultations tailored to business’ needs, conference rooms and building services to support the daily operations and growth.

Renaissance Marin’s building hosts 11 small businesses in a professional and supportive entrepreneurial community designed to help businesses grow and prosper.

Tenants benefit from a full menu of amenities and services.

Consulting

At Renaissance Marin you will meet other business owners and industry experts who will guide, support and inspire entrepreneur in achieving their business goals.

Commercial Kitchen

Open Workspace

The Open Work Space is a collaborative community of entrepreneurs and those seeking a cross pollination of ideas to improve their concepts whether for business startups, community projects or personal development.

 

For more information about classes and business opportunity visit http://rencentermarin.org or call (415) 348-6300.

 

 

CERT Advanced Training: October 13th – Refresher & Exercise – FREE‏

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on September 30, 2012

Are you CERT CERTified?

CERT is the Community Emergency Response Team. It consists of volunteers who assist the Fire Department and Emergency Response professionals in case of any major disasters. We encourage all our readers to take a CERT class and BE PREPARED!

If you are a CERT member in Marin County then this announcement is for you:

 

One of the most consistent comments that we receive after CERT Basic Training is that students would like more hands on exercises, especially in first aid and search & rescue. 

We are pleased to invite you to our third Marin County CERT Advanced Training for 2012, which will be held Saturday, October 13th, in   San Rafael from 9 am-3 pm. Our training will be held at the old McPhail School off San Pedro Rd., a great location for a simulated disaster!

The exercise will host fire department personnel, emergency management staff and CERT volunteers, who will conduct three refresher mini-sessions in the morning and two disaster simulations in the afternoon. Participants will be able to practice and review basic skills and work as teams during the simulations.

Please check out a brief description of the day, which we’ve included below. Advance registration is requested so we have enough staff for our exercises. We are limiting participation to 50 so sign up today!  There is a place for everyone in CERT and in this exercise.

 

Oct. 13, 2012 

9:00 am      Check-in and welcome

9:30-10:30   Disaster Medical Operations

10:30-10:40  Break

10:40-11:25  Search & Rescue

11:30- 11:55 CERT Organization (how to work as teams)

12:00-12:30  Lunch  Bring Your Own

12:50- 3:00  Simulations 1 & 2

2:45-3:00    debriefing & thank you’s; check-out

Let us know if you’d like to volunteer to help on the day of the exercise.

 

We hope to see you on October 13th!

 

For more information or to register: 

415-485-3409

coordinator@marincountycert.org

www.marincountycert.org

50% OFF Tickets Green Chamber Annual Gala – ONLY $25 for members!

Posted in News by kahl on September 12, 2012
The San Francisco Green Chamber of Commerce 4th Annual Event is just around the corner! Register TODAY and receive your 50% off member only special tickets to attend the BACK TO BASICS, BLACK & WHITE GALA on September 20th in San Francisco with keynote speaker HP Director of Environmental Initiatives and Sustainability, Chris Librie!

See all the exciting details in our latest press release below and we look forward to seeing you there!

ANNOUNCING THE 2012 GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 4th ANNUAL EVENT

BACK TO BASICS BLACK & WHITE GALA:

CELEBRATING A COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

HP Director of Environmental Initiatives, Chris Librie to Keynote at

September 20, 2012 event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 6, 2012) Please join the Green Chamber of Commerce (GCC), sustainable business professionals, thought leaders and politicians at our 4th annual celebration, the Back to Basics, Black & White Gala: Honoring Our Community’s Commitment To Sustainable Business Leadership.  Held in San Francisco at EEFG, Inc. on September 20, 2012, the Gala showcases our sustainable community through exhibition and awards, highlights our green business policy initiatives and successes over the past year, and provides an opportunity to network with over 100 sustainable business professionals and community leaders. To register, click here: http://greenchamberofcommerce.net/annual-event-b2b/

Guest Speakers

We are excited to have as our keynote speaker, HP Director of Environmental and Health Initiatives, Sustainability and Social Innovation Chris Librie, discussing what he sees as the future for corporate sustainability in addition to why it is vital for businesses of all sizes to demonstrate a commitment to – and collaborate on – sustainability.  There will also be a special address by Green Chamber community partner representative, Group Manager of Product and Policy from General Motors Dave Barthmuss, who is representing the Chevrolet Volt as a proud new member and sponsor of the Green Chamber.

Great Food, Drinks, and Exhibitors
Join us and be treated to offerings from local green businesses, organic caterers and beer and wine makers.  Among those participating are Green Chamber members, Blue Heron CateringSavoy Events CateringDelicious Catering, there will be samplings from Frey Organic Wines and local microbreweries Speakeasy Brewery and Bison Organic Beers, as well as sweet treats from Wish Upon A Cupcake.

Exclusive VIP Hour

Attend our Exclusive VIP/ Media Hour from 6 – 7pm to connect one-on-one with sustainable business and community leaders such asSusan Frank of The Better World Group, Jordan Carlton Schaul of National Geographic, keynote speaker Chris Librie of HPand many other guests.

Sustainable Business Award & Raffle

Green Chamber is proud to announce it’s 2nd Annual attendee chosen Green Chamber Sustainable Business Leadership Award. A short list based on nominations by Green Chamber members.  In addition to holding a raffle, which will include exclusive products and services from green businesses, artists, luxury hotels, and much more! For more information, click here: http://greenchamberofcommerce.net/2012/08/23/gcc-2012-sustainable-business-leadership-award/

B2B Gala Sponsors

Thank you to our leading sponsors of the Green Chamber 4th Annual Gala: East Bay MUDChevrolet VoltGreen DentistryFrey VineyardsKahl Web Services Consultants, and Sungevity.  Learn more: http://greenchamberofcommerce.net/

Tickets & Event Details:

http://greenchamberofcommerce.net/annual-event-b2b/

About the Green Chamber of Commerce:

The Green Chamber of Commerce was created to strengthen a growing business movement that supports sustainable business practices, promote the success of its members, and advocate for green public policy. The Green Chamber provides its members with promotional opportunities, discounts, hosted events, a voice in national and local policy, and tools to become more environmentally and socially responsible.

EVENT DETAILS

What:              The 2012 Green Chamber of Commerce 4th Annual Event, Back to Basics, Black & White Gala: Celebrating a commitment to sustainable business leadership

When:            Thursday, September 20, 2012 ~ 7pm – 10pm (VIP Hour 6pm – 7pm)

Where:           EEFG, Inc. 657 Mission Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94105

Keynote:        Chris Librie, Director of HP Environmental and Health Initiatives, Sustainability and Social Innovation

Award:           2nd Annual Green Chamber Member, Sustainable Business Leadership Award

Attire:             Black & White Cocktail Suggested

Host:                The Green Chamber of Commerce  www.greenchamberofcommerce.net

Tickets:       Members – $25 per person,  Non-members – $50 per person

VIP:             Members: $50, Non-members $75

Registration: http://greenchamberofcommerce.camp8.org/Default.aspx?pageId=982086

Event Contact:         Risa De Ferrari, Executive Director, Green Chamber of Commerc risa@greenchamberofcommerce.net | 415-250-3017

Sponsorship, Exhibition, Raffle donation opportunities are available.  For more information, click here: http://greenchamberofcommerce.net/annual-event-b2b/sponsorship/

Proceeds of the event directly benefit Green Chamber of Commerce development of sustainable networking, education, and advocacy programs. 

Scotts Miracle-Gro To Pay Over $12 Million in Criminal Fines and Civil Penalties for Pesticide Law Violations

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on September 12, 2012

You probably know Scotts Miracle-Gro as a producer of pesticides for commercial and consumer lawn and garden uses.

Scotts was sentenced to pay a $4 million fine and perform community service for eleven criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which governs the manufacture, distribution, and sale of pesticides. 

Why? Scotts pleaded guilty to illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are toxic to birds, falsifying pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, and distributing unregistered pesticides. This is the LARGEST criminal penalty under FIFRA to date.

In a separate civil agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scotts agreed to pay more than $6 million in penalties and spend $2 million on environmental projects to resolves additional civil pesticide violations. The violations include distributing or selling unregistered, canceled, or misbranded pesticides, including products with inadequate warnings or cautions. This too is the LARGEST civil settlement under FIFRA to date.

“The misuse or mislabeling of pesticide products can cause serious illness in humans and be toxic to wildlife,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Today’s sentence and unprecedented civil settlement hold Scotts accountable for widespread company noncompliance with pesticide laws, which put products into the hands of consumers without the proper authorization or warning labels.”

“As the world’s largest marketer of residential use pesticides, Scotts has a special obligation to make certain that it observes the laws governing the sale and use of its products. For having failed to do so, Scotts has been sentenced to pay the largest fine in the history of FIFRA enforcement,” said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. “The Department of Justice will continue to work with EPA to assure that pesticides applied in homes and on lawns and food are sold and used in compliance with the laws intended to assure their safety.”

In the plea agreement, Scotts admitted that it applied the pesticides Actellic 5E and Storcide II to its bird food products even though EPA had prohibited this use. Scotts had done so to protect its bird foods from insect infestation during storage. Scotts admitted that it used these pesticides contrary to EPA directives and in spite of the warning label appearing on all Storicide II containers stating, “Storcide II is extremely toxic to fish and toxic to birds and other wildlife.” Scotts sold this illegally treated bird food for two years after it began marketing its bird food line and for six months after employees specifically warned Scotts management of the dangers of these pesticides. By the time it voluntarily recalled these products in March 2008, Scotts had sold more than 70 million units of bird food illegally treated with pesticide that is toxic to birds.

Scotts also pleaded guilty to submitting false documents to EPA and to state regulatory agencies in an effort to deceive them into believing that numerous pesticides were registered with EPA when in fact they were not. The company also pleaded guilty to having illegally sold the unregistered pesticides and to marketing pesticides bearing labels containing false and misleading claims not approved by EPA. The falsified documents submitted to EPA and states were attributed to a federal product manager at Scotts.

EPA also uncovered numerous civil violations spanning five years. Scotts’ FIFRA civil violations included the nationwide distribution or sale of unregistered, canceled, or misbranded pesticides, including products with inadequate warnings or cautions. EPA issued more than 40 Stop Sale, Use or Removal Orders to Scotts to address more than 100 pesticide products.

In addition to the $6 million civil penalty, Scotts will complete environmental projects, valued at $2 million, to acquire, restore and protect 300 acres of land to prevent runoff of agricultural chemicals into nearby waterways.

More information about the civil settlement and recalled products: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/fifra/scottsmiraclegro.html

More information about EPA’s criminal enforcement program: http://www.epa.gov/enforcement/criminal/index.html

More information about EPA’s pesticide program: http://epa.gov/pesticides/

Next Page »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: