Green Business Programs (GBPs) are voluntary, local government administered environmental recognition programs for businesses that go beyond compliance and implement environmental practices. GBPs develop and customize environmental standards by business type, provide onsite consultation support to help businesses with implementation and recognize businesses that meet the standards. Green Business standards cover a range of environmental issues, such as waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation, and pollution prevention. Local government agencies offering GBPs provide free or low cost services to participating businesses ad have recognized over 2,500 California businesses.
The California Green Business Program Network (CAGBN) is a coalition of 21 GBPs in California that collectively represent over 40% of the State. CAGBN provides a forum for GBPs to share information and to set policies that ensure consistency across the State. Since its development in 2009, CAGBN created an electronic system to help Green Businesses track their status and measure their environmental benefits. CAGBN continues to host and maintain the system for its members. While the State DTSC provided seed funding to help build the system, DTSC no longer owns or maintains the system. Currently, the system is owned by CCSF and maintained jointly by CAGBN members through membership fees.
Governance: CAGBN is lead by a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. These positions are filled by member GBPs on a rotating basis. For the year 2013, these positions are held by:
|Chair:||Anna Frankel, City & County of San Francisco|
|Vice Chair:||Karl Bruskotter, City of Santa Monica|
|Secretary:||Frances Gilliland, Santa Barbara County|
In addition, CAGBN has set up various sub-committees to advance its mission.
All CAGBN members implement GBPs in accordance with the Operating Guidelines. If you are a local jurisdiction interested in joining CAGBN, please review the Operating Guidelines and contact firstname.lastname@example.org .