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Green Chamber of Commerce Backs Ground-Breaking Legislation to Improve City, Business, and Green Public Policy The Green Chamber of Commerce celebrated their participation in making the first national Yellow Pages Ordinance become a reality yesterday. In a 9-1 vote, San Francisco City Supervisors finalized their decision to become the first city in the country to stop the unwanted delivery of over 1 million Yellow Pages telephone books annually.




 

 

Green Chamber of Commerce Backs Ground-Breaking Legislation to Improve City, Business, and Green Public Policy

The Green Chamber of Commerce celebrated their participation in making the first national Yellow Pages Ordinance become a reality. In a 9-1 vote, yesterday, San Francisco City Supervisors finalized their decision to become the first city in the country to stop the unwanted delivery of over 1 million Yellow Pages telephone books annually.

The Yellow Pages Ordinance, proposed by City Supervisor David Chiu, will kick off May 2012 during a three-year pilot program. The program will help save residents and businesses the agony of disposing the unwanted tomes, and contribute to San Francisco’s zero waste and low-emissions goals. Anyone who wants the phone books, can still have them delivered to their door. The city plans to propose a wide-spread outreach program to educate its citizens on the delivery.

David Grenell, policy consultant and co-author of the Ordinance worked closely with The Green Chamber to get green businesses involved. “While other cities have looked at opt-out programs – these policies are often window dressing – because experts predict they will only restrict unwanted phone books by 10%. The Green Chamber was able to put forth the case for a robust program that will restrict unwanted phone books by as much as 80%,” said Grenell.

“Ted Egen, the City Economist agreed with The Green Chamber’s analysis which was key in convincing elected officials to vote in favor and issued a report saying this law would put back $12 million dollars into the local economy and create 111 jobs. San Francisco receives over 1.6 million per year – which is two for every man, woman and child in the city.  This law will save millions of tons of paper waste and save residents money on their garbage bill,” Grenell said.

The reduction of waste in any capacity is good for business.. This is was a policy that our members could get behind because it makes a positive impact on our community, allows businesses to go greener and has helped our organization build strong alliances with a community that craves green solutions,” said Janet Pomeroy, President of the Board of Directors for the Green Chamber of Commerce.

Other cities who want to adapt the policy may contact The Green Chamber for more information.


 

 

 
 
 

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