The following Rancho Cucamonga businesses have demonstrated green practices and are recognized as a certified Rancho Cucamonga Green Business.
Coca-Cola Distribution Center
10670 6th Street
Coca-Cola's Distribution Center transports Coca-Cola product, and has a mixture of sales and warehouse staff. The Center is extremely close to zero waste with a 99% waste diversion rate made possible through an extensive recycling program that includes: cardboard, scrap metal, beverage containers, plastic film, ink and toner cartridges, and wood waste. To maximize energy efficiency, the Center pairs motion sensor lighting with skylights while tinted windows keep out unwanted heat. To reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, 16 hybrid trucks and one pilot 100% electric truck are part of the vehicle fleet. Water conservation efforts include the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, low-flow toilets, water-less urinals, and water efficient cleaning equipment. Other highlights include incentives for carpooling and hybrid vehicles, and green purchasing policies. Mike Mirabella, the Rancho Cucamonga/Victorville Distribution Center Manager, and his staff have led these green efforts and strive to make the Distribution Center even greener.
WLC Architects, Inc.
8163 Rochester Avenue, Suite 100
WLC Architects has a staff who demonstrates environmental leadership in sustainable architectural design and business practices. The office joined the American Institute for Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment to promote energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reductions and is guided by a Sustainability Action Plan and a Green Team. WLC Architects’ office building was designed to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver rating for Commercial Interiors. Sustainability highlights include: a 34 kilowatt solar system, strategically placed work stations that utilize natural light, water efficient landscape, replaceable carpet tiles, and low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) building materials, among others. Signs describing these environmental building components are placed throughout the office to inform staff and visitors. Energy is conserved through the use of task lighting, compact fluorescent bulbs, occupancy sensors, dimmers, timers, and through a policy that encourages employees to shut off their computers when leaving the office. An aggressive recycling program helps to minimize the waste stream by diverting paper goods, beverage containers, and electronic waste. Conference rooms are equipped with SMART boards that allow for paperless meetings and teleconferencing software enables staff to communicate with other offices and clients without having to drive. Other sustainable commuting efforts include a staff carpooling program and accommodations for bicyclists such as a bike rack and shower facility. To implement sustainable architectural design for their clients WLC Architects encourages all employees to attain LEED training opportunities through the office’s bimonthly seminars and local U.S. Green Building Council trainings. To date 27 staff members have received certification as LEED Accredited Professionals.
Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ
12624 N. Mainstreet (Victoria Gardens)
Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ at Victoria Gardens has set itself apart as a leader in incorporating green business practices into all areas of the restaurant. Water is conserved through the use of low-flow fixtures including kitchen pre-rinse spray nozzles, toilets and urinals, and faucets with automatic shut-offs. The conversion of hardwood floors to carpeting paired with the use of a low-water floor cleaning machine helped cut the restaurant's water and cleaning product use. Energy is used efficiently through the use of LED lighting, ceiling fans, Energy Star qualified equipment, and dimmers settings that adjust according to the time of day. Careful thought goes into various waste reduction practices by composting organic waste and purchasing reusable and recyclable supplies. Lucille's participates in the City's Food Waste Pilot Program where food scraps are diverted from the landfill and composted by its waste hauler, Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. Lucille's is also committed to purchasing restaurant supplies that contain recycled content. For example, paper towels are made from 100% recycled paper and plastic takeout containers are made from recycled beverage containers. Another of Lucille's waste reduction initiatives is to continuously modify business practices to further reduce waste and cost. After restaurant staff observed that the majority of plastic children's cups were left behind and thrown away, the cups were made available for To-Go orders only which greatly cut down on waste. Other green practices include the use of biodegradable cleaning products, recycling ink cartridges and toners, applying energy efficient computer settings, and discussing green efforts during staff meetings. Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ's management and staff collaboratively works together on green initiatives and to identify ongoing opportunities to apply even more sustainable business practices at the restaurant.
Santa Barbara Townhome Community
10855 Church Street (A Lewis Apartment Community)
Santa Barbara Townhomes, a Lewis Apartment Community, is a 192-unit townhome community that has incorporated multiple green business practices into its operations. Water is conserved through the use of low-flow showerheads and toilets, a drought tolerant landscape watered by drip irrigation, and an artificial turf dog park. To increase energy efficiency ceiling fans are installed in all townhome bedrooms, all appliances are energy efficient, over 65% of lights used are LED, and the pool’s heating system is powered by solar thermal energy. To reduce waste, flyers and notices are emailed to residents and leasing office staff use recycled content office paper and refurbished toner cartridges. To reduce pollution the community contracts with an environmentally friendly pest controller and maintenance staff uses green cleaning products. Urban gardening is encouraged through an on-site community garden where residents have space to grow vegetables, and fruit trees grown on the grounds provide fruit for residents and guests inside the leasing office. To encourage bicycling, residents can check out bicycles daily to ride around the city and a bike rack is also provided near the leasing office.
Southwire Company, LLC
9199 Cleveland Avenue
Southwire’s Rancho Cucamonga facility houses and transports Southwire products and has a mixture of sales, marketing and warehouse staff. Southwire has reduced waste sent to landfills by 77 percent over the last several years and is committed to reducing, reusing, and recycling all materials and supplies to achieve its zero waste to landfills goal by 2017. To maximize energy efficiency, Southwire replaced the warehouse lighting with efficient T8 fluorescent tubes and natural lighting is utilized. Water conservation efforts include the use of reclaimed water for outdoor landscaping, drought-tolerant plants, and low-flow toilets. Southwire’s goal is to reduce its environmental footprint by collaboratively working together on green initiatives and identifying ongoing opportunities. Jamie Lewis, operations manager for the California Customer Service Center, and her staff have led these green initiatives and strive to maintain Southwire’s vision of corporate sustainability through five pillars—Building Worth, Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back and Doing Right.
The Enclave at Homecoming Terra Vista
11755 Malaga Drive (A Lewis Apartment Community)
Enclave, part of the Lewis Apartment Communities, has incorporated a variety of green practices into their operations that promote energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction, among others. The Enclave at Homecoming Terra Vista is a gated resort-style living community. The significant sustainability attributes include solar photovoltaic panels, hybrid solar pool heating, and “cool roof” tiles. To maximize energy efficiency, the buildings feature LED lights, motion sensors in common areas, Energy Star appliances, ceiling fans, and dual paned windows. The community garden contains drought tolerant plants, drip irrigation, and garden plots for residents to grow their own vegetables as part of the innovative “Grow to Grill” program that the Enclave offers as one of its resident amenities. Each apartment home has a hydronic heating system that saves energy by using water that is already heated and stored, eliminating the need for separate furnaces. Water saving measures include low-flow faucets and toilets, waterless urinals in community center, and auto shut-off faucets in common area bathrooms. Waste reduction efforts include dual trash receptacles built into the kitchens in order to conveniently separate trash and recyclables. The Enclave also offers onsite bicycle rentals for its residents, encouraging a “greener” and healthier mode of transportation.
Mindrum Precision, Inc.
10,000 Fourth Street
Mindrum Precision commitment to sustainability is impressive. To maximize energy efficiency, machine shop lighting was replaced with more efficient T8 fluorescent tubes and a solar photovoltaic system offsets the remaining electricity use. Water conservation efforts include the recycling and filtering of water used in the high-precision machining lab and installing drought-tolerant plants outside the building. Waste reduction efforts include implementing paper waste reduction strategies and reducing, reusing, and recycling shop materials and supplies. CEO Diane Mindrum has been instrumental in formulating the company’s vision for sustainability and has worked collaboratively with her staff to reduce their environmental footprint.
Tu Organics Salon and Spa
8977 Foothill Boulevard
Tu Organics is the first salon to be recognized as a Rancho Cucamonga Green Business. They are part of a comprehensive recycling and sustainability program, Green Circle Salons (GCS), which sets out to significantly reduce the industry’s environmental impact on the planet. This program redirects what was once considered garbage, out of our water streams and landfills to be repurposed into innovative green solutions, like using hair clippings to absorb oil in ocean oil spills. All hair clippings, extensions, any excess color and developer, papers and plastics, foils, aerosol cans and color tubes from Tu Organics Salon and Spa is collected by GCS-- effectively cutting down their total waste by 85-95%! To maximize energy efficiency, Tu Organics replaced the salon lighting with efficient compact fluorescent bulbs and always unplugs styling tools not in use. Tu Organics’ philosophy is simple, “Beauty does not have to involve the use of toxins and harsh chemicals.” The services at Tu Organics are optimal for any type of client, but can cater to those who need to avoid the use of harsh chemicals on their bodies like their clients with sensitive skin or their cancer patient clients. As an eco-friendly salon, they believe they can protect the environment and the health and safety of their clients’ hair and skin by using natural, organic products that have been tested and proven to be of the highest quality and toxin-free.
Gerdau Long Steel North America is the first industrial company to be recognized as a Rancho Cucamonga Green Business. Gerdau’s Rancho Cucamonga mill manufactures, fabricates, and installs rebar at construction sites throughout the Western States. The Rancho Cucamonga mill is the last melting steel facility in California and supplies over one-third of overall rebar demand. They are one of the largest recyclers in the world, transforming 16 million metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau accomplished a monumental task by replacing a 37 year-old Bag House and upgrading their melt shop evacuation system, making the mill one of the cleaniest in the world with the lowest particulate matter and metal emissions in the United States. The Bag House project was a multi-year and multi-million dollar investment representing an impressive commitment and dedication to the safe and sustainable production of "Green Steel". The steel from Gerdau qualifies for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits from the U.S. Green Building Council in the recycled content and regional materials categories. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. The economic contributions of Gerdau are significant as they currently employ approximately 1,100 jobs in California, 561 in San Bernardino County, 300 of which are at the Rancho Cucamonga mill. They are also the recipient the 2018 Achievement in Environmental Stewardship Award from the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) which is commendable.