Sustaining your community and world

Diverse Suppliers Go Green initiative is part of PG&E's commitment to the environment and to the success of diverse businesses in our community. Environmental stewardship is playing an increasingly important role in the procurement decisions of both large corporations and small businesses.

Why go green?

Competitive advantage #1: Green business practices = real operational savings

Cost reductions achieved through the implementation of green practices in your company can help you reduce your carbon footprint, operate more efficiently, reduce operating costs and share those savings with your customers. Something as simple as replacing your lighting fixtures or printing less paper can deliver real cost savings.

Below are some examples of actual companies that realized savings by going green.

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Ace Armature Motorshop

Installed energy efficient lighting

50% reduction in energy bill

Four Points Sheraton

Installed energy efficient lighting and ozone laundry system

$10,000 reduction in gas bills
$12,000 reduction in energy bills


Hydraulic Hybrid Trucks

45% - 50% fuel savings

Visit PG&E's Energy Savings Tips for more information on what you can do to be more green.

Competitive Advantage #2: Your Customers Want You to be Green

Recent trends show that both corporate customers and retail customers are making purchasing decisions based on a product or service's environmental impact. According to a 2007 survey conducted by A.T. Kearney, 70% of CEOs from Fortune 500 companies will deselect a supplier for failing to meet sustainability criteria. The A.T. Kearney findings show that being 'green and ethical' will no longer be an option, but a necessity for all participants in the supply chain.

In order for a company to successfully compete in the 21st century, sustainability needs to be part of the business plan.

Competitive Advantage #3: Green Business Opportunities

The U.S. sustainable business market is forecasted to grow from $28 billion in 2010 to $60 billion in 2014. With many state and federal policymakers allocating funds to spur clean energy generation and energy efficiency businesses, jobs and investments, entrepreneurs can find new growth opportunities by identifying the business and technology trends in the expanding green economy.

How to go green

For more information on how your business can go green, check out our Green Business Toolkit or contact us to learn more information about upcoming Diverse Supplier Go Green Workshops.