Green pays dividends for Sacramento businesses

Sustainable business practices are good for the planet and make some customers happy. But they also often help the bottom line, said speakers at a workshop Wednesday.

“Everything we do we’ve been able to find a built-in financial incentive for,” said Sam Cantrell, a mechanical systems designer for Raley’s Inc. “You don’t have to be an environmentalist.”

Cantrell was among five speakers from Sacramento-area businesses at Green & Clean 2011, a breakfast workshop on the vacant top floor of 2020 Gateway, a new office tower in Natomas that is the region’s first privately owned building to be LEED gold-certified.

Keynote speaker Jill Savery, a 1996 Olympic swimming gold medalist and sustainability consultant, described the enormous efforts of those organizing the 2012 games in London to minimize the event’s environmental harm.

Savery, who recently returned to the U.S. from working on the project, said a concerted campaign to minimize the carbon footprint of the games may not meet all of its ambitious goals, but that the experience will provide valuable information for businesses around the world.

Read more in the Sacramento Business Journal.

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