The wave effect of renewable energy is gradually picking up speed as more businesses are making wiser choices in the way they operate, thanks in part to the efforts of several great organizations that promote green business and green restaurants in particular.  Non-profit organizations such as Thimmakka are making names for themselves by assisting existing business’ efforts to change for the better.  Founded in 1998 by Ritu Primlani, Thimmakka has been working hard to create practical, quantifiable, and economically-viable systemic solutions to critical global environmental problems.  Thimmakka helps to transform everyday business practices to form a unique fit under Green Business Program guidelines that will yield both monetary and economic benefits.  These guidelines are set by Thimmakka to serve as a benchmark for Green Business certification.


This Bay Area based organization has made phenomenal strides in the race towards sustainability.  According to their web site, Thimmakka doubled the City of Berkeley’s number of certified green businesses in just one year!  Berkeley now has the highest number of green businesses in the entire bay area.  According to Thimmakka, their efforts have accomplished the following:

  • 19.4 thousand tons of solid waste has been diverted from landfills
  • 10.8 million gallons of water have been saved
  • 940.5 thousand KWh of energy have been conserved
  • 473 thousand pounds of carbon dioxide have been prevented from being released into the atmosphere
  • 1.3 million dollars have been saved in only 5 years

Thimmakka is not alone in their advocacy of green business.  500 Gallons and the Green Restaurant Association are just a few of the many organizations that are making a difference.  Wiser economic choices are also reducing energy costs.  That sounds like a win-win situation.  What other organizations do you know of that are working to help encourage restaurants to save resources an reduce energy costs? We’d love to hear about them!

See you next time!




Comments on: "Green Light for Green Businesses" (1)

  1. Thanks for spreading the word about this great business model. I’m feeling motivated to do my small part personally, especially when I learn about businesses — local, and in consortia — aggregating their efforts and positive impact.

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