Santa Cruz County
Green Business Program

Discretion Brewing Gets Certified!

Rooted in Santa Cruz County, Discretion Brewing is a family-owned business that fosters community connections and love for the natural world whilst brewing delicious beer. How do they do it? On Love Mondays, they recognize and encourage local groups doing extraordinary things, and make a donation toward their cause. Only organic ingredients are used at Discretion and 100% of the spent grain is diverted to local farms where very lucky pigs feast on the goodness left over after a brew day, sparing the landfill of more than 225,000 pounds of grain a year. They are also the first Santa Cruz brewery to invest in solar power.

  • Discretion Brewing

    At Discretion we care deeply for the world we live in and believe our beer should be responsibly-made. That’s why our beer is crafted from 100% organic malts and hops and why we harness the power of the sun to brew our beer.

    Capitola, CA
  • Gino's Carco Santa Cruz

    A Pioneer Recycler since 1945, Environmental Integrity and Sustainability have been our Core Founding Business Principles. By the very nature of our 100% recycling business and through innovations, we preserve natural resources, achieve zero waste and carbon neutrality for a healthier planet.

    Santa Cruz County, CA
  • Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce

    The Chamber is dedicated to operating sustainably. They replaced all of their ceiling fixtures with new LED lighting and replaced the toilet to a low flow one. They use only 100% recycled printer cartridges, and paper and use only certified green cleaning supplies.

    Scotts Valley, CA
  • Sharp Quick Mobile Knife Sharpening

    We embody the right to repair movement by sharpening old tools, such as knives, scissors, and tools for gardening and woodworking, which might otherwise end up in the landfill. Our mobile business is solar powered and we work at various locations such as farmers markets and local grocery stores.

    Santa Cruz County, CA
  • Bay Photo

    Photo processing is not an inherently green business, nonetheless, they have been recognized by the Green Business Program for reducing water consumption, retrofitting lights and other equipment to conserve energy and reducing solid waste going to landfill by minimizing waste and recycling more.

    Santa Cruz County, CA
  • Boulder Creek Elementary School

    The goal of becoming certified by the Green Business Program was to support the county’s schools as they evolve into "Green Schools" that model wise resource use, eliminate waste, reduce non-point source pollution, and train students to conserve scarce resources like energy and water. 

    Boulder Creek, CA