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About

The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC) is part of the California Green Business Program, a network of local programs operated by counties and cities throughout California.

The GBPSBC provides resources, assistance and evaluations to businesses that want to operate more sustainably in order to conserve resources, generate savings, and gain certification and recognition.

We work with businesses in the cities of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Buellton, Solvang, Santa Maria and Guadalupe, as well as the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County to operate in an environmentally-responsible manner, and recognize them for their efforts. 

Our program requires a small fee that is valid for 3 years until it is time to recertify. Fees are determined based on your business type and square footage.

Rebates Available!

The California Green Business Network (CAGBN), in partnership with the California Environmental Protection Agency, is pleased to announce that funds are now available to assist businesses with updates and upgrades that are required to become a Certified Green Business. Up to $500 per business is available on a first-come-first-served basis until the available funds are spent.

These funds can be used to complete measures from installing LED lighting to replacing cleaning products with healthier options.

Learn about becoming a Green Business and make sure to ask us about the status of the business rebate program when you apply. Learn more details about the rebate here!

There has never been a better time to get certified! 

Donate to Support Local Businesses

Since its inception in December 2008, the GBPSBC has helped close to 200 local businesses and organizations save money and protect, preserve, and improve the environment. And dozens more are in progress. More certified businesses mean more energy and water savings, more waste reduction and recycling, and less air and water pollution.

Over the life of the GBPSBC, participating businesses have collectively:

~ Reduced greenhouse gas emissions equaling the planting of over 18,000
acres of urban trees,
~ Saved enough kWh of energy to power 160 houses for an entire year,
~ Diverted 49 garbage trucks worth of solid waste,
~ Saved 686 bathtubs of fresh drinking water per hour, and
~ Saved enough therms of natural gas to heat 34,500 homes for an entire year.

Your donation will help us serve small businesses, in diverse communities, throughout the county.

Donate Here!

Here are examples of what your gift could do:

$100 : Boost the recruitment of new businesses

$250 : Provide additional one-on-one technical assistance

$500 : Provide marketing resources (bilingual) to certified Green Businesses

$1000 : Provide fun and informative networking events, and add to our annual event

$2500-$5000 : Sponsor our annual event celebrating the achievements of our local certified Green Businesses

Thank you for your tax-deductible donation! Please contact coordinator@greenbizsbc.org for more information about the benefits of sponsoring our annual luncheon.