Green Business Tips

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.


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


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.


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 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: 


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!




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:

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:

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:

Tickets & Event Details:

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.


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

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

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


Event Contact:         Risa De Ferrari, Executive Director, Green Chamber of Commerc | 415-250-3017

Sponsorship, Exhibition, Raffle donation opportunities are available.  For more information, click here:

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:

More information about EPA’s criminal enforcement program:

More information about EPA’s pesticide program:

Gallinas Watershed Council in 2011

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on June 13, 2012

Efforts by the Gallinas Watershed Council to promote watershed planning for the zip code 94903 area (North San Rafael) finally paid off as Marin County launched a serious effort to begin this process in 2011.

Other watersheds in Marin have had their cities such as Ross, Fairfax, Corte Madera, Larkspur and Novato stepping up as major partners.

We hope San Rafael will do the same. Upstream impervious development and creek channelization leads to downstream flooding; a whole watershed approach will create systemic improvements so that those at the end of the line are not shouldering the burden alone.

GWC highlights from 2011:

Jan: Participated at the Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair

Feb: Held our 1st community watershed workshop at Northgate Mall
Gave tours of the creek with local politicians and journalists to draw
attention to the significant value of the wetlands
Attended a LOT of meetings around the bay dealing with Sea Level Rise,
Climate Change and Watershed planning

May: Began developing our watershed plan vision
Became an official creek group within North Bay Watershed Association
Promoted Marin County’s Watershed plan to local agencies
Made watershed presentations with Liz Lewis to Santa Margarita,
Contempo Marin and Mont Marin Homeowners’ Associations

Sept: Held our first Watershed Education Bike Tour and BBQ
Presented Gallinas Creek info at the Santa Venetia Labor Day Picnic

Nov: Presented watershed appropriate planning information at the SMART
Civic Station Area Design Committee community meeting
With Diana Connolly developed the Gallinas Creek Watershed Survey gallinascreekwatershed
Submitted a letter and spoke out to SR Planning Commission
addressing the serious flaws in the FEIR for the airport soccer development

GWC will continue to monitor proposed developments and speak out against inappropriate development. We will be watching as the Phase 2 Stormwater Pollution regulations come into effect and help support city and county efforts to keep our waterways free of trash and toxic chemicals.

We will also keep reminding everyone of the effects of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on our area and promote ways that work with, not
against, nature.

As always we can use your help, personally and financially, as we work to protect our local natural environment. Join our email list at www. to stay in touch with important issues or join us for a kayak tour, bike ride or headlands hike that celebrate this beautiful
landscape we are so fortunate to live in. We usually meet on the third Monday of the month and would love to have you join us!

To volunteer for Gallinas Watershed Council call  415 578 2580.

Rogers Remodel Promotes Green Projects!

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on May 24, 2012

When every last detail of bath or kitchen remodel is wrapped up, Northern California plumber and building contractor Jamie Rogers hopes his clients are happy with the way the room looks and works. Most of the time, the project also makes the home a whole lot greener.


Rogers brings a passion for both green plumbing and green building to every project. In construction for 18 years and plumbing for 15, he started Rogers Remodel, Inc. in 2003 in Novato in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied civil engineering and worked as a journeyman carpenter in Washington State before moving to California.

Rogers Remodel primarily serves affluent Marin and Sonoma counties, San Francisco and the East Bay. The full-service plumber handles residential and light commercial work, from basic plumbing to full-on, ripped-down-to-the-studs renovations. The company does repairs, inspections, sewer and drain work, water audits, gas line and water heater installation, and bath and kitchen installation and remodeling.

Rogers is not shy about admitting he’s a bit of an evangelist on the subject of conservation, saying that he’s frankly touched when his efforts to educate homeowners and business clients hit home. Sometimes he’s preaching to the choir. Customers do come to him with an eye to reducing immediate water and energy use and slicing utility costs for the long run.

He estimates that 75 percent of his remodels are green and 80- to 90 percent of his plumbing projects have a green component. Rogers has been able to reduce clients’ water bills as much as 47 percent.


The company has benefited from the remodeling surge in recent years, Rogers said, as owners of older homes take on updating a single bath or knocking down walls to create expansive master suites or create double bathrooms. He cited projects where a total “remodel” budget has surpassed the value of the original space and his part of the job was significant. Most of his larger remodeling jobs have been in Sonoma and Marin Counties, where clients have had the funds to renovate.


Rogers is on a mission to convince more clients that a green remodel is within their budget. “If there’s one thing consumers need to know, it’s that green projects and products don’t have to be any more expensive than traditional options. “They can get the look they want with products that do the job while saving water and energy,” Rogers said.

As a plumber/building contractor, Rogers is hands-on during the design and specification stages of many projects, offering his input on sourcing green products.

He uses many of the same sources repeatedly because field experience has demonstrated what products best fit project needs, while being on constant lookout for new products and ways to improve on installation. For example, when possible, he configures piping in shorter runs to get water where it needs to go more quickly and efficiently.

One extensive remodeling project was the 4,500 square foot Courtney residence in Marin County’s slightly posh Mill Valley. “The initial plan was to add a guest suite to the ’70s era home, and push out to give the son a larger room and private bath,” Rogers said.

The Mill Valley project’s “in-law” suite included a kitchen, bath and laundry room. Rogers did the plumbing on those areas as well as remodeling three existing baths, five baths in all. The job stretched over eight months, with possibly the biggest challenge having to haul cast iron up about 90 steps, he said.

The plumbing work included interior re-piping in PEX and copper and exterior in Aquatherm, a very durable green pipe that uses heat to fuse pipes together, and installation of a whole-house circulation system with Metlund pumps. Hot water was provided via two A.O. Smith hybrids, a large one of the main house and a smaller one for the guest house. The advantage of the hybrids, Rogers explained was that they heat up water quickly like a tankless but also store water, and that an upgrade of the gas line wasn’t required.

In the baths, Rogers put in Toto high efficiency 1.28 gpf toilets, lower flow Grohe valves and showerheads and low-flow Hansgrohe faucets. While they were at it, the homeowners added PV solar. Rogers’ pride in the project is obvious when he talks about how cool the baths look with features selected from Restoration Hardware that give the baths a retro, yet modern feel.

For another large green project, the Kramer residence in Novato, the company remodeled a full kitchen and two baths. Rogers and his full-time crew of three not only did the plumbing but framing, electrical, cabinetry and lighting as well.

“What I liked about this kitchen is the use of recycled materials and natural light,” Rogers said. The countertops are fabricated of recycled marble and granite and the backsplash of recycled glass. Natural light is brought in by a skylight and the space boasts energy-saving under-cabinet LED lighting. A non-demand circulation system feeds hot water to remodeled kitchen and two bathrooms.

An example of going green without sacrificing the “wow factor” is a bath from another Rogers Remodel project in Novato which included a full kitchen and two baths.

Green materials were used when possible. The master bath was plumbed with low-flow faucets and showerheads in the large shower and soaking tub with waterfall faucet, and the builder used recycled materials for the floor, and added a skylight and LED lighting. “In the master bath, we retained the tank heater. On a lot of projects we’ll upgrade the tank or go tankless, depending on what they need what their peak flow is.”

The large shower guest bath had both a rain-type showerhead and a handheld shower. The installer used a diverter so that only one low-flow showerhead or the other could be used at one time.

Green features in the kitchen included a recirculation pump, aerators on faucet, a low water use dishwasher, skylights, and LED under-cabinet lights. On projects like this, Rogers said, it’s important to insulate everything well.

Rogers’ efforts on the green plumbing front earned him the GreenPlumber of Year award or the Western states from GreenPlumbers USA and IAPMO. He was cited for “going above and beyond by collaborating with community partners to install water catchment systems in two local schools. Jamie has calculated that he has saved 2.4 million gallons of water this year [2011] in the Bay Area and has also promoted water conservation by serving on local job-building boards and green employment councils.”

“We teamed up with local water districts for toilet change outs and did a lot of water audits the past year for clients in commercial buildings and we were able to calculate how much water was saved with the change outs and the other projects that I did,” Rogers explained.

On the school projects, “we teamed up with RainwaterHog, a rainwater harvesting company out of Australia, to install rainwater capture systems in a couple of different schools,” Rogers said. “We met them (RainwaterHog) at a trade show and signed on as distributor and installer of their products in the Bay Area.”

Through GreenPlumbers, Rogers and the manufacturer put in seven rainwater tanks and a hand pump at McKinley Elementary School in San Francisco for the students to use to water their plants. They installed three tanks at Hall Middle School in Larkspur which were rigged to flush a toilet. “We donated most of our services for those first two projects. It’s a great hands-on demonstration about conservation for the kids. We want to do more like them.”

Rogers plans to keeping delivering the green message, whether with individual homeowners or business clients, working with local water districts in programs such as water audits and toilet change outs and through GreenPlumbers to help educate other plumbing and building professionals.

Even though he started on the construction side, Rogers said he loves plumbing. And, there’s no greater compliment to plumber or builder than having a client say, “I love the work you did and I want you for my next project.”

Check out the article written about Rogers Remodel in Reeves Journal, the oldest publication in the plumbing industry.

Arbor Works Tree Service, Arborists and Tree care experts serving San Francisco and the North Bay.

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on May 17, 2012
Arbor Works Tree Services specializes in the latest arboricultural techniques, expertise, knowledge, and practices, when caring for your trees.


With over 33 years oArbor Works Tree Service, Arborists and Tree care experts serving San Francisco and the North Bay.


Arbor Works Tree Services specializes in the latest arboricultural techniques, expertise, knowledge, and practices, when caring for your trees.

With over 33 years of experience, Arbor Works is dedicated to the proper inspection, preservation, and when necessary, the safe removal of your trees.

They know how trees are important to the clients, and that beautifully maintained specimens evoke a sense of serenity and sanctuary to the immediate surroundings of the home and property. Trees can influence the microclimate by providing shade, wind shelter, and the oxygen we breathe.

Trees are delicate bio-systems with specific horticultural needs that can be disrupted through the stresses that the urban environment may impose upon them.

At Arbor Works Tree Service primary concern is the safety of their client.  Proper abatement of dangerous or unwanted trees will be performed with the utmost concern for safety in a quality professional manner in accordance to American National Standards Institute protocol.

Arbor Works Tree Services Includes:

•          Tree Pruning

•          Cabling

•          Tree Removal

•          Consulting

•          Treatments


Every tree situation is different, and species vary in wood hardness and decay resistance. Different hardware is tailored for each specific application. Some hardwood trees can be braced with lag bolts, some softer or decayed woods require through bolt installation.

Cable bracing should always be a last resort option. However, where safety and scaffold limb preservation are priorities for our clients, cabling can, in many cases aid in bracing the tree when pruning options alone are inadequate. Cabling must always be done in conjunction with pruning to reduce weight first.

Arbor Works Tree Service uses standard extra high strength cable with tree grip connectors and thimbles to guard the “eye”. Cable size varies with the estimated load stresses that we determine.

At Arborworks we gauge the height of the tree, the wood girth of the branch, limb length, and mechanical dynamics to properly engineer the positioning of the cable bracing system.

All cable bracing systems require periodic follow up maintenance inspections.


Consulting at Arbor Works Tree Service is done with an analytical approach to diagnosing tough tree problems.

A good diagnostician knows how to observe the subtle differences in a tree exhibiting abnormal appearance based upon familiarity with what is normal vigor for that species. This comes from years of observing trees in their environment both from the ground and up in the canopy.

Practical Arboricultural consulting starts with sound knowledge of the different characteristics that different tree species have, and their individual horticultural needs.

Arbor Works look at the site and its soil, climate, horticultural practices, construction impact, pests, diseases, plant competition and all the interactions of these influential factors upon your tree.

They recommend the appropriate and approved treatments to correct plant maladies.

Tree hazard evaluation is an important part of the job.

Knowledge of dangerous decay organisms and the conditions they thrive in is critical to the diagnostician.

Spotting internal defects in trees is a skill they possessed based upon arboricultural education and experience that comes with years of observing actual tree failures in the field and dissecting the wood during the course of removing them.

Arbor Works use diagnostic tools such as the resist graph decay detection device to assure accuracy in diagnosing internal defects.


Arbor Works Tree Service recommends the proper treatments and care that your tree needs.

To correct tree problems they may recommend implementing improvements such as:


soil fertility,

pest control,


Whatever the situation, proper tree care starts with knowing what the problem is and the corrective solution.

Tree Pruning

Fine ornamental tree pruning is an art that has taken Craig Peterson many years to perfect.

Every tree species is different in its tolerance to pruning, and every individual tree is different in its landscape setting.

Craig and his team at Arbor Works Tree Service take into account all the environmental factors, health, vigor, and horticultural conditions when setting the parameters of tree surgery.

Tree Removal

Tree removal at Arbor Works Tree Service is always performed in the safest manner possible with your home, security, and property in mind.

They are fully equipped to handle most tree situations with the best tools and occasionally the assistance of a crane (please see video footage).

With over 33 years of experience, they have become experts in the field. From sophisticated rigging techniques, and fast efficient machinery, to fine cleanup, they get the job done!

From their workers, your property, the property others and the public at large are fully insured with workers compensation, public liability, and property damage liability to give you the peace of mind you deserve as an Arbor Works Tree Service costumer.

Arbor Works Tree Service serves Marin County, Sonoma County, San Francisco. San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur,  Tiburon, Ross, Kentfield, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland.

About Arbor Works

Arbor Works Tree Service is a sole propriety owned and operated by Craig Peterson, an ISA Certified Arborist #1169 WC.

Craig and his team of tree experts run Arbor Works Tree Service, a small company based in San Rafael CA. Since 1989 they have been performing tree care services in Marin County, San Francisco, and Alameda County.

As a certified arborist they are fully insured with tree service liability insurance, and workmans’ compensation.

Arbor Works Tree Service has a perfect safety record with State Fund Workman’s’ Compensation Insurance Company.

Craig Peterson knows Marin County as he has been living in Marin since the seventies.

For inquiry about Tree Service, Ornamental Tree Specialist and Tree Pruning and other tree service, contact Arbor Works at Tel 415-457-7119



2012 Is a Special Year for Kahl Consultants

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on May 7, 2012

Kahl Consultants, a web services company based in San Rafael, CA, is making 2012 the year of giving back to their community and their nonprofit clients.


Each existing nonprofit customer of Kahl Consultants is now the recipient of a FREE annual online marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) package. This marketing package retails for $1195 per website and is available for all small business and nonprofit customers.

Kahl Consultants specialized in small business and nonprofit internet marketing. Their staff includes web developers, programmers, and online marketers specializing in SEO and social media.

The Kahl Consultants annual SEO package is based on a comprehensive marketing strategy that includes many different tasks to optimize the online presence of clients from all industries. There are hundreds of specific steps taken in the fields of site optimization, link building, content creation, and social media.

Alex Kahl, owner of Kahl Consultants, hopes that the greater visibility online will help their nonprofit clients in several ways:

* attract more publicity

* give websites a stronger online presence

* deliver more website traffic

* encourage more donations and contributions

Kahl Consultants firmly believes in giving back and helping nonprofits.

Kahl Consultants is a certified green business that has been offering their nonprofit customers reduced rates and free consultations since 1996.

For further information and to contact Kahl Consultants please visit

Contra Costa County Environmental Stewards: Generation Green

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on April 12, 2012


Since 1990, Generation Green, a 501c3 nonprofit, has sought to inform and encourage environmental action in CCC. Generation Green has hosted dozens of workshops and attended countless events. Their efforts have reached all segments of the community. From local arts and crafts classes to attendance at City Council meetings—their goal is to educate all residents in the county about environmental issues.

Generation Green empowers its citizens to voice their concerns and implement earth saving actions. Through heightened awareness they encourage wise choices that ensure sustainable living and the preservation of the environment.

Programs Supported by Generation Green 

Dumpster Diversion 

Discover the process of creative reuse through arts and crafts with the Dumpster Diversion Project (DDP). This programs promote the principles of conservation, recycling and reuse. Children and adults of all ages can enjoy using unique materials to create amazing works of art! DDP facilitates the construction of trash to treasures: unusual arts/crafts pieces made from found objects. Participants easily learn that it is important to think before you toss anything away! 

The DDP also supply local artists and teachers with discarded materials for various projects. Recipients of DDP materials include the Early Childhood center of Martinez, the Martinez Arts Association, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Martinez.

Green Rheem 

Periodic Green Rheem film nights are a chance to socialize with friends at the historical Rheem Theatre in Moraga, CA. Participants savor local wine and appetizers before the film and then watch an educational documentary.

Think Global, Eat, Drink and Shop Local. Attendees are introduced to local vendors for food and wine and learn about key issues facing the health of our community.

Contra Costa County Climate Leaders Program 

Local Governments are taking the lead to develop a livable community and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Contra Costa County (CCC). To facilitate, track and measure regional action, 4CL monitors activities, provides free resources and tools, and provides a multimedia communications strategy that ensures best practices are shared and implemented. Elected officials and staff receive a monthly newsletter, attend workshops and share successes on line.

Sustainable Schools Connection 

Sustainable Schools Connection goal is to create and support sustainability with youth by developing environmental stewardship and encouraging individual, campus and community involvement.

Red, White and Blues Celebration

Generation Green holds its annual Red, White and Blues event to help raise money for their non-profit. This event features local food and wine and is held in July each year. For more information or to be a part of the celebration, send an email to

Reduce Reuse Respect


The program aims to reduce our impact on earth. Generation Green will cultivate and promote environmental sustainability for a healthy livable planet through education and community outreach. They provide forums, sponsor events, workshops and classes to inform and support the public on the benefit and need for a sustainable, reusable, low impact, healthy lifestyle.


Generation Green’s goal is to reuse our materials and to reduce ecological footprint on the planet. They accommodate reuse collection centers and participate/coordinate events for promoting creativity through art and education using recycled and reuse materials.


The goal is to respect our planet to regain our connection to the planet and to abundance. Generation Green assists education and consultation on healthy living within the community and share the work of other cultures.

These include:

thoughts for working with native traditions, cultures, working for the next seven generations.

work in Ghana – educating and assisting third world countries.

restoration – native plants and habitat restoration, removing invasives.

conservation work – saving teaks, open space lands etc.

herbal medicine folklore and information and materials.

Links to education materials.


To get updates about Generation Green events and activities visit the website,  . Call 925-708-9686 for more inquiries.




Lotus Cuisine of India, Indian restaurant in San Rafael

Posted in Uncategorized by kahl on March 26, 2012

Lotus Cuisine of India is located in downtown San Rafael and has the finest Indian Food in Marin County

Lotus Cuisine of India was voted by Pacific Sun as the best Indian Restaurant in Marin 1999 – 2003, and entered  in the Hall of Fame 2004 – 2007 and then once again proved themselves as Best Indian Restaurant from 2008 to 2011. Their popularity continues and becomes the first and only Indian restaurant rated “excellent” in the Bay Area Zagat Guide from 1999-2011,

Lotus Cuisine serves contemporary North Indian Cuisine. The menu includes vegetarian and vegan delicacies using only the finest organic & local ingredients.

About Lotus

Lotus Cuisine of India is family owned restaurant committed to transport you from familiar local taste to those wholesome & varied traditions of modern Indian Cuisine.

Lotus Cuisine is one of the several restaurants in Marin County run by Surinder Sroa and his family. Surinder with his family made their Group of Indian restaurants the very best in San Francisco North Bay.

In 1998, they started Lotus Cuisine of India to feature:

• the warm, full flavors of contemporary Indian cuisine complete with personally handpicked herbs and spices and foods;

•  a cozy atmosphere and delightful ambiance framed by Indian decor;

•  gracious hosts with quick and courteous service;

•  Their experienced master chef, Purshotam, whose creations are based on core Indian cuisine

•    a wide range of choices for particular tastes, including varying degrees of spice and oil, vegan and vegetarian palettes.

 With all the accomplishments they have achieved, the group of restaurant started the tradition of giving back to the community during Thanksgiving holiday season every year. The restaurants open the doors to their guests a day before Thanksgiving and offer a free meal.

Visit for more information about Lotus Cuisine of India. Call (415) 456-5808.


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