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This year, the California Green Business Program has saved 822,677 metric tons of CO2 with a total savings of $3,083,277. That's the equivalent of planting 43,583 acres of urban trees a year for ten years.

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1. Is there a fee for the Green Business Program?

2. How long does it take for a business to obtain Green Business certification?

3. What do I need to do to be a Green Business?

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Green Tips

Fresno Green Team is the Dream Team

August 20, 2015

This morning I awoke before dawn, drove over two California mountain ranges to witness a beautifully chatoyant sunrise through the California Central Valley. It was the kind of sunrise that brings hope, excitement about the things that are happening in the world, that makes you want to be a part of positive change. Lucky for […]

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Green Businesses are the Antidote to Eco Despair

May 16, 2015

“Caring about climate is like living with a latent condition. Most of the time you feel fine, but every so often, you have a flare up of existential despair.” In the course of our work as Green Business Coordinators, we learn about many troubling things happening to our environment and can easily identify with this […]

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A Great Green Story: Plaza Cleaners

February 13, 2015

Yesterday, during the Cool California awards, I had the pleasure of meeting the Lee family, who run an eco-friendly and Green Business Certified wet cleaners in Thousand Oaks called Plaza Cleaners. They explained the wet cleaning process, and how it differs from perchloroethylene and hydrocarbon cleaning processes. Perchloroethylene is a known carcinogen and is being […]

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Green Business is Cool

February 12, 2015

The Cool California Program, and the folks at the Air Resources Board that work hard to make it happen, is so “cool”. If you haven’t, take a look at the resources on their website. There is a wealth of knowledge there to help any city, business, or home go green. Ten out of the sixteen […]

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Friendly Green Business Technical Assistants tour Patagonia Headquarters

January 9, 2015

Wouldn’t you want one of these friendly faces coming to your business, showing you how to green your business, save money, and attract new customers? This is a team of Green Business Coordinators from all over the State of California that met and toured a quaint little Green Business in Ventura named Patagonia. There, the […]

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Top Apps to Help Green your Business in 2015

January 9, 2015

Find these phone/tablet apps in the App Store on your device: 1. Find out where to recycle just about anything with the irecycle app from Earth911. 2. Stop junk mail with MailStopMobile, a product of Catalog Choice 3. Purchase items that you know are environmentally preferable using the Good Guide app. 4. Seafood Watch allows […]

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Five Green Marketing Strategies to Earn Consumer Trust

January 5, 2015

Jacquelyn Ottman and David G. Mallen on GreenBiz.com Shoppers are seeking out greener products, energized by the prospects of healthier alternatives, higher quality, preserving the environment and saving time and money. But the “greenwash” phenomenon threatens the green-marketing revolution. View the full article.

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Promote your Green Business

December 17, 2014

Now that you’re a Certified Green Business, learn new ways to promote your business. Get the first free chapter of the New Rules of Green Marketing http://www.greenmarketing.com/files/NRoGM_ch1REVIEW-COPY-FOR-FREE-DOWNLOAD.pdf

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Grants for Sustainable Projects

December 17, 2014

Find Grants, incentives and rebates for sustainable projects at your business. Use the funding wizard. http://www.coolcalifornia.org/funding-wizard-home

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Solar Power News

December 17, 2014

Solar Power is Casting a Bigger Shadow, “This marked the fourth consecutive year of significant price reductions for residential and commercial systems in the U.S.,” Galen Barbose, one of the report’s authors, said in a statement. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-solar-power-industry-small-but-growing-rapidly/

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About Us

The California Green Business Program leads the state and nation in working with small to medium sized businesses to grow a vibrant and healthy green economy. Led by a coalition of cities and counties, we contribute to more livable communities with healthier environments, while also conserving resources and saving money.

The program is funded by grass-roots contributions from local government and utility partners to make it accessible to small to medium sized businesses in California.

Contact Us

The California Green Business Program is a network of local programs operated by counties and cities throughout California. Businesses that apply receive personal attention from the public agencies and utilites that serve them.

The counties and cities that offer the Program are listed below. County programs are generally available to businesses located in all cities within that county.

Local Jurisdictions

If your city or county is interested
in joining CAGBN, click here.

Businesses

New programs are organizing. If your city or county is not listed, contact your local jurisdiction to find out whether a program in your community may be launching soon.

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Pamela Evans
pamela.evans@acgov.org
Bay Area Region

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Paris Greenlee
925-335-3213
paris.greenlee@hsd.cccounty.us
Bay Area Region

LOS ANGELES

George Payba
213-485-3698
george.payba@lacity.org
Steve Moch
mochs@email.laccd.edu
Elektra Grant,
Sustainability Assessments Manager
elektra@artsearthpartnership.org

MANHATTAN BEACH

Lisa Ryder
310-874-2499
lisarydermoore@gmail.com
Manhattan Beach Region

MARIN COUNTY

Dana Armanino
415-499-3292
darmanino@marincounty.org
Bay Area Region

MONTEREY COUNTY

831-755-4579
recycle@co.monterey.ca.us
Monterey Region

NAPA COUNTY

Deborah Elliott
707-259-5969
deborah.elliott@countyofnapa.org
Bay Area Region

SAN BENITO COUNTY

Mandy Rose, Director
831-636-4110
mandyr@iwm.co.san-benito.ca.us
Monterey Region

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

415-355-3778
greenbusiness@sfenvironment.org
San Francisco Region

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

Frank Ferral, Programs and Policy Director
San Joaquin and Fresno Counties
209-547-2770
fferral@stocktonchamber.org
Central Valley Region

SAN MATEO COUNTY

Sheila Peck,
Green Business Program Coordinator
Sheila.peck@envirocentives.com
Kim Springer,
Green Business Program Director
kspringer@smcgov.org
Bay Area Region

SANTA BARBARA

Frances Gilliland, Program Director
805-705-1686
coordinator@greenbizsbc.org
Santa Barbara Region

SANTA CLARA COUNTY

Lisa Rose
408-282-3166
lisa.rose@aem.sccgov.org
Bay Area Region

City of Santa Cruz

Hannah Hodgson
831-420-5592
hhodgson@cityofsantacruz.com
Monterey Region

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Ana Maria Rebelo
831-477-3976
greenbusiness@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
Monterey Region

SANTA MONICA

Susy Borlido, Coordinator
310-458-8716 x2
smgbc@sustainableworks.org
Santa Monica Region

SANTA MONICA

Karl Bruskotter
310-458-2255
karl.bruskotter@smgov.net
Santa Monica Region

SOLANO COUNTY

Narcissa Untal
707-784-3172
nuntal@solanocounty.com
Bay Area Region

SONOMA COUNTY

Coordinator
707-565-6455
SonomaGreen@sonoma-county.org
Bay Area Region

THOUSAND OAKS (CITY)

Rod Cordova
805-449-2468
rcordova@toaks.org
City of Thousand Oaks

CITY OF VENTURA

Courtney Lindberg
805-667-6502
clindberg@cityofventura.net
City of Ventura

CITY OF WATSONVILLE

Julianne Rhodes
831-431-3485
jrhodes@envirocentives.com
Monterey Region

Pacific Gas and Electric Company supports and funds the energy conservation aspects of the California Green Business Program and the local City and County agencies that administer the them in their territory. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

“PG&E” refers to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. © 2015 Pacific Gas and Electric Company. All rights reserved.

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement G14-EA-001 to the California Air Resources Board. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.