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San Francisco’s Sustainability Draw – 21 companies you may want to work for

August 2, 2019
San Francisco’s Sustainability Draw – 21 companies you may want to work for

San Francisco is a leader in sustainability.  The city has the toughest ban on polystyrene foam products in the United States.  It requires solar panels or green roofs to be installed in all new public and private buildings. Green building codes will add significantly to the more than 100 million square feet of space earning LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification already in place.


No wonder start-ups and companies focused on sustainability call San Francisco home.  The rest now have to catch up!  For new sustainability practitioners, this is good news.  There are ground floor opportunities.  For established practitioners – also good news.  Leadership, management and executive roles are expanding.


Companies focused on sustainability:



Edison Energy – energy-as-a-service*

Proterra – electric bus manufacturer

Luminalt – solar installation


Food and Beverage

Impossible Foods – plant-based burgers

GreenChoice – sustainable foods for specific dietary needs*

Ripple Foods – pea-based milk products

Imperfect Produce – food delivery

Harmless Harvest – raw and organically sourced foods


Buildings and Construction

Aclima – air quality sensors

Comfy – building systems

Molekule – air purification*

Method – green cleaning products

Liquid* – water conservation*



CrowdFlower – crowd funding

EvoLve – investment in sustainable businesses*

Newday Financial Technologies – impact investing platform*



Viaex Technologies – biomaterials*

Coeio – funeral services



Chegg – eco-friendly décor

Last Minute Gear – buy, rent or borrow alternative to consumerism*

The RealReal – luxury consignment*


Sustainability practitioners come from all sectors.  And, at the time of publication, each sector has at least one company actively hiring!


Because of its leadership in sustainability, San Francisco is an ideal location for our Certified CSR-P Training, Oct. 15-16, 2019.  Other upcoming trainings include Toronto, Oct. 31-Nov.1, 2019 and Miami, Jan. 16-17, 2020.

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