The thorough list of Green Tools for Small Businesses provided by Ecopreneurist is especially saavy not only because each item suggested is free, but also because a lot of the items utilize the latest technology. For example #3, Free control of your IT—“If you run a network, software from companies like Local Cooling allows the settings on computers to be controlled centrally so you can automatically turn those babies off when no one is using them.”
Also, # 7 on the list, the free iphone application called carbon tracker allows users to easily calculate their carbon footprint with a GPS feature that automatically determines the length of each leg of the trip. Users can set monthly “maximum emission” goals as well as monitor their progress.
One process item that I think designers could especially benefit from using is # 9, the free online market research tools. Sign up for a no-cost account with a company like SurveyMonkey, Zoomerang, or QuestionPro. Not that this is a substitution for meeting face to face with users to get honest feedback, but at least for the concept validation phase this would be useful.
Also included was a link to Energy Star’s small business recommendations for improving your company's financial performance by reducing energy waste and energy costs, while protecting the environment.