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Growing green businesses

By: Lauren Weber, The Press-Tribune
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There’s green architecture, eco-friendly recycling and now there’s green business. Thanks to a new certificate program through Sacramento States’ continuing education department business owners, managers, officers and executives can sign up and bring environmentally friendly tactics to their company. The Green Business Operations certificate program consists of six courses totaling 10.8 continuing education units that cover green business operations, facilities, purchasing, practices, return on investment and leading change. Each class is held once a week for about a month at Roseville’s Utility Exploration Center and some are offered at Sacramento State as well. The program was set up to cater to the influx of green buildings and businesses, according to Tonii Ramirez, senior programs coordinator. “Most decision-makers, they’re-setting goals,” she said. “And there are a lot of challenges with managing green businesses.” The introductory course, “Greening your Business Operations,” will cover sustainable business practices, putting together a strategy for operations and improving existing green business practices. “Green Return on Investment” class will include a cost-benefit analysis and how to compare return on investment options. Another course, “Green Best Practices,” will review green practices of successful local and international companies and how to implement them into their business. The “Leading Green Change” class will teach students how to not only implement eco-friendliness into their business, but their day-to-day lives. And the two other classes will emphasize and instruct people on developing green facilities and how to make eco-friendly purchases for their business. “Going green is really a part of our culture now,” Ramirez said. Fred Klammt will teach the best practices course for the certificate program and brings his personal and professional green background to the program. Klammt said he has designed and built solar homes and his entire home is green design and self-sufficient. Klammt has 30 years of experience in the corporate real estate and facility management arena and has an electrical engineering background. Klammt was part of the development of the program and said Sacramento State is on the cutting edge by implementing this series. In his class, Klammt will feature live videos of leading European businessmen in the green field who will answer students’ questions and the material will be extremely up to date. “It changes every day, every hour,” Klammt said. “What’s green today is brown tomorrow.” The classes can be taken in any order, Ramirez said, and take 12 months to complete if taken consecutively. Each course costs $383 and is a three-hour session, once a week. For more information on the Green Business Operations certificate program, visit www.cce.csus.edu/Green. To register for the program, contact a representative at 278-4433 or ccebusiness@csus.edu.