At GreenCitizen, our mission is to make every day Earth Day by providing actionable information and introducing green products and services that can help every person and business — in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond — to live a greener life and reduce damage to the environment.
Broadening Our Mission
GreenCitizen’s mission was always above and beyond being just another recycling center. Since our inception in 2005, we’ve diverted over 28.3 million pounds of electronics from local landfills and global dumps. We’ve extended the life of over 252,480 reusable computers and electronic devices, while serving over 398,286 consumers and 57,280 businesses in the SF Bay Area. GreenCitizen’s EcoCenter is staffed with knowledgeable environmental science graduates from top universities. Our people are there to help educate the public about how to be a green citizen every day.
How We Work
GreenCitizen is 100% self-sustaining, without government funding or donations. We cover our operational expenses with revenues generated by reselling 10% of the newer recycled computers and electronics that come to our recycling center, and through our partnerships in introducing green products and services.
GreenCitizen’s staff are well educated and passionate about protecting the environment. Many of our team members hold degrees in environmental science and related majors from top universities in the U.S. and around the world. They proactively engage with our business pickup and EcoCenter customers to discuss solutions, products, and services that can help them live a greener life, reduce humanity’s carbon footprint, and make every day Earth Day.
Meet GreenCitizen’s Team
CEO / President / Founder
James W. Kao is an experienced CEO with a successful track record of delivering results in startup and Fortune 500 environments. Over the course of his career, Mr. Kao has raised over $24 million in funding to support several start-up companies. In 2000, he co-founded Managize, a supply chain management company later sold to Escalate, Inc. Prior to Managize, Mr. Kao founded and led eALITY, a business process enterprise software firm. He served as CEO of The Right Sizing Group, a data warehouse consultancy whose clients included Wells Fargo Bank, Charles Schwab, Intuit, Mervyn’s, and TransAmerica Corp.
Mr. Kao played a key marketing role in significantly driving Oracle sales for the HP product business, and also held management positions with HP and IBM. He earned a BS in math/computer science from UCLA and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.