How Do I Get Certified?

Step 1

Register Your Business Online

Follow the "Let's Get Started" link at the bottom of this page and provide us with contact information and some details about your business. This will generate a checklist of Green Business Program measures. Don't worry about completing the checklist, just review it to get a better sense of what's needed for certification. Once you have registered, we'll reach out to you to learn more about your business and schedule a visit.

Step 2

Schedule a Site Visit

Our Green Business Program Director will contact you to learn more about your business, explain the certification process, and schedule a preliminary site visit. During this visit, we'll go over the checklist items together, learn more about your facilities and business practices, and see where you stand with respect to program measures. After than, we'll give you a concise list of actions you'll need to take to become certified. We'll also put you in touch with potential rebates and free technical assistance to make certification as easy as possible for you.

Step 3

Complete Action Items

Work through the list of actions provided by the Program Director to get your workplace Green Business Network certified. This may include things like replacing old lightbulbs with energy-efficient LEDs, switching to non-toxic cleaning products, or purchasing recycled-content office supplies. We probably have a solution for any challenge that comes up, and there is funding available to assist with making some of these changes, so just let us know how we can help. Once you have completed your action items, let the Program Director know and we'll verify that you have completed all the necessary measures. 

Step 4

Get Certified!

Once we've verified that all program measures have been completed, you'll be recognized as Santa Cruz County's newest Certified Green Business! You'll receive a Certificate of Completion, window decals featuring the program's logo, a digital version of the Green Business logo for your website and other promotional materials. You'll gain access to our Business Promotional Toolkit to help you share the news of your certification with your networks. You'll also receive a listing in the statewide Green Business Directory as well as the location-based Shop Green app. We do our best to promote Certified Green Businesses at city and community events, and will notify you of opportunities to connect with like-minded customers. 

Sounds great! Sign me up.