Green Business Program

California certified green businesses have reduced over 800,000 metric tones of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of planting over 40,000 urban acres of trees a year for ten years.

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What is the Green Business Program

Established in 1996, the California Green Business Program is a network of local programs run by cities and counties throughout California, allied in promoting a green economy through partnerships with small to medium size businesses. Alameda County and the City of San Leandro are active partners in this statewide program.

What aCA Green Business Network logore the benefits of becoming a Certified Green Business?

Businesses receive advice and technical assistance from the Green Business Program coordinators and their public agency during the certification process. Many businesses discover financial benefits from improving their water and energy efficiency.

Furthermore, Certified Green Businesses receive marketing benefits, including a Green Business logo to place in your window and on your website, a listing on the Green Business online directory, and promotional events and media coverage to get your business recognized.

What do I need to do to be a Green business?

To be certified as a Green Business you must demonstrate that you take action to conserve resources and prevent pollution in your facility and your operations. This includes things like recycling, using nontoxic products, and reducing packaging.

How do I get certified?

Fill out the registration form which will allow you to complete an application. 

This short video gives an overview of the certification requirements:

“I would encourage top management and business owners to make the protection of our environment a top priority and to promote and educate their workforce to do the same, not just at work, but at home.  They should create a team who will drive the program each and every day, otherwise, their efforts will be ineffective and not taken seriously. Finally, make a difference by voicing your opinion on environmental issues with your local, state and federal elected officials, your friends, your co-workers, and your family.”

- Chairman Robert Bowen, Crown Worldwide Moving and Storage LLC, certified green business in San Leandro