People. Planet. Profit.

Being a Certified Green Business is the clearest way to show your community and customers that you care about sustainability. It shows them that you are committed to taking action to conserve resources and prevent pollution in both the facility and operations. It means that your business complies with environmental regulations in the areas of waste, energy, water, pollution prevention, and air quality.

Why Get Certified?

There has never been a better time to go green! Below are some of the biggest reasons to become a California Green Business Partner.

It’s good for the environment.

You’ll be doing your part to fight climate change by saving your company’s valuable resources as well as the environment.

Save money.

Green Businesses implement practices that lead to cost savings in energy, water, and garbage bills. Going through the Green Business Program is free in most regions or requires a small processing fee.

Improve employee wellness and productivity.

By using less toxic products, staff members benefit. And who in California doesn’t want to work for a cutting edge environmentally-conscious business?

Enjoy a marketing edge over the competition.

Customers increasingly want to patronize businesses that are doing their part for the environment. According to a recent survey of California Green Businesses, 42% reported an increase in business since receiving their recognition.

Receive recognition as environmental leaders by your local city or county.

California Green Businesses are promoted on websites, in e-newsletters, in the press, in online and print advertising, at promotional events and mixers, and by displaying the window decal and program seal on marketing materials.

Here’s how it works.

Becoming a certified Green Business is great for local business, the environment and the community. And it’s easy to do. Go green in three simple steps.


Register & Apply

Starting is easy. Register here and fill out the application. We ask some basic questions about your business. Take your time! There’s no rush.


Get Assistance

We’ll review your application, help you with items that might prove more challenging, and put you in touch with potential rebates and free technical assistance. Once you have completed the process, we’ll schedule a final evaluation.


Create Your Profile

Congratulations! You’re now a green business. Use our online tool to create your company profile and let everyone know who you are! We look forward to promoting your business!

Green Business Areas of Focus

Green Businesses implement practices that lead to cost savings in energy, water, and garbage bills and we provide the free technical assistance to help businesses make lasting changes.

Reduced Water Use
Low flow toilets and auto-off faucets

Conserve Energy
Upgrade lighting and equipment to save energy

Commute Sustainably
Promote and incentivize alternative transportation for employees

Prevent Pollution
Eliminate and/or properly dispose of harmful chemicals

Use Non-Toxic Cleaners
Use safer, environmentally preferable cleaning chemicals

Avoid Waste
Eliminate unnecessary packaging, printing, and purchasing

Recycle Materials
Divert waste from the landfill through reuse, recycling and composting

Hire Local Vendors
Working locally means less vehicle use