Business Environmental Awards
Educational Workshops and Tours 

Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards program has a long history of celebrating innovative sustainable business practices throughout the Bay Area. In 2016, our program grew to include new educational workshops and tours. By providing more detailed information and specific tools, we are enabling and inspiring other businesses to replicate the environmental programs of our awardees!

We’ve had a flood of positive feedback about these events. Attendees were so grateful for the in depth information they received and the new contacts they made. We look forward to organizing more of these workshops and tours in the near future.  Stay tuned!

Past Workshops and Tours:

Biotech Goes Green!
January 31, 2017 – Genentech, South San Francisco

This time we invited professionals from the healthcare and biotech industries. The afternoon began with a tour of Genentech’s Pilot Plant where attendees donned safety glasses and garb before observing the company’s manufacturing and experimental processes. The workshop ensued with a panel of six speakers, including representatives from past awardees Thermo Fisher Scientific and SCS Global Services. Each speaker presented specific sustainability topics and then shared their insights during a group Q&A session with the audience. Genentech then shared in detail their numerous sustainability efforts, including their Green BioPharma program. After the workshop, we had a tour of Genentech’s healthy building and concluded with some valuable networking time.

Sustainable Built Environment Tour and Workshop
November 15, 2016 – 380 North Pastoria Ave and LinkedIn, Sunnyvale

Our first workshop and tour was designed for professionals from the real estate management, design and construction field! We began with a tour of a new Net Zero Energy (NZE) sustainable commercial retrofit by the award-winning team of Sharp Development, Hillhouse Construction and Integral Group. The program then continued with two hours of detailed presentations from this team during the workshop at LinkedIn’s new NZE retrofitted building around the corner. Attendees learned how to accomplish similar projects, and why they are so valuable, both environmentally and economically.