Why Get Certified?

Good for California. Great for business.

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.

“Running a busy business while achieving certification was possible with the excellent support and help of the GBC team.”

David Woodbury
Arthur Murray Dance Center, Santa Monica
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“Since we were already doing most of what was required it was an easy process. The main fix we did was changing out our lights and we like them a lot!”

Albert's Organics, 2450 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
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“Customers love walking into the deli and seeing that we have joined the outstanding ranks of the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program. It has been an awesome opportunity to learn and train the staff in Green Business Practices and how important that is to our environment.”

Elsa Roybal, Manager Erik's Deli
Erik's Deli Cafe, 155 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz
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“We are proud to be the first certified green salon and we encourage all our colleagues to join in this beneficial and simple program. Oasis Hair and Skin Care is dedicated to creating a green, relaxing, rejuvenating environment where your beauty and well being are our priorities.”

Wendy Rae Johnson & Pamela Freitas, Co-Owner
Oasis Hair and Skin Care, 1664 Soquel Drive, Soquel
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“Being a Green Business establishes with the community at large that I care about our environment and that our business takes great pains to keep our automotive repair business as environmentally friendly as we can.”

Kevin Donahue, Owner
Pacific Motor Service, 550 E. Franklin St., Monterey
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“Becoming a Green Business was simply a smarter strategy for us, it has helped us save money and attract great clients and employees.  It has made our work environment more pleasant, people-friendly and fun!”

Christian Forthomme, President and CEO
Real Change Network Inc, 10096 Soquel Drive, Suite 10 Aptos
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“It’s been good for our business and we’ve been surprised by how many customers have been impressed and happy that we are a Green Business.”

Ricky Pearce, Owner
Rick's Auto Shop, 1050 B 17th Aveune, Santa Cruz
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“This process has been so wonderful because we were able to make changes that were good for the earth and at the same time save money. What could be better than that!”

Jackie Seymour, Church member
Skyland Community Church, 25100 Skyland Road, Los Gatos
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“When we’re all done with this, we’ll probably be saving an average of $15,000 to $20,000 a year through a reduction in energy use, waste generation with trash pickups, water usage, copy paper reduction, etc.,”

Mike Hendrick, General Manager
The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
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“It was an amazing experience of constant learning which I was able to apply right away. It gave me the tools I needed to teach my crew and instill a cultural change that we are very proud of and that our client base is very impressed with.”

Matias Bordaverri
Whisk Catering (Redwood City)
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