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File #: 20-805    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/15/2020 Departments: COUNTY MANAGER: OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY
On agenda: 10/20/2020 Final action: 10/20/2020
Title: Adopt a resolution authorizing a fifth amendment to the agreement with Ecology Action for consulting services related to the San Mateo County Green Business Program, increasing the amount by $210,000 for a new not to exceed amount of $733,091.
Attachments: 1. 20201020_r_Ecology Action Contract Amendment resolutionv2.pdf, 2. 20201020_a_Ecology Action Contract Amendmentv5.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Carolyn Bloede, Director, Office of Sustainability
Subject: Amendment to Agreement with Ecology Action for Green Business Program Coordination, Recruitment, and Certification Services

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt a resolution authorizing a fifth amendment to the agreement with Ecology Action for consulting services related to the San Mateo County Green Business Program, increasing the amount by $210,000 for a new not to exceed amount of $733,091.
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BACKGROUND:
The Green Business Program provides extensive free consulting and support to small and medium businesses, bringing them through a comprehensive process to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. The program also addresses the need to assist small and medium businesses, which typically have no other or very limited support to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses in the program complete the following actions, many of which save money:
* Reduce energy and water use,
* Reduce packaging and waste, including a waste sorting audit and improvements,
* Adopt products and practices that are safer for workers, the public, and the environment; dispose of hazardous waste correctly,
* Promote commute alternatives.
The program raises the visibility of certified businesses through social media advertising, a searchable database and Shop Green app, and branded collateral. It also documents metrics such as greenhouse gas emissions reductions, waste diversion and water savings.
In 2017, the Office of Sustainability (OOS) conducted a competitive bidding process and contracted with Ecology Action (EA) for $60,000 to provide support to OOS staff working on the San Mateo County Green Business Program, including marketing services, and support with certifying complex businesses. In August 2018, the OOS amended the agreement increasing the amount by $39,433 for additional marketi...

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