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Green Business Certification

Guide to locating green business certification agencies.




Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program

The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program is a successful partnership of environmental agencies, utilities and nonprofit organizations that assist, recognize and promote businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified "green," participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. We offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance.

The Task Force championed the Program as a way to reduce hazardous waste generation and promote pollution prevention and resource conservation. The Task Force began planning efforts to establish the Green Business Program in August 2002. The Green Business Program was officially launched in early 2004 targeting Vehicle Service and Repair Facilities. We now certify vehicle service repair facilities, food service facilities, restaurants, general office/retail stores, plumbers, contractors/remodellers, janitorial companies, hotels/hospitatlity and printers.



The Santa Clara County Green Business Program

The Santa Clara County Green Business Program is a regional joint venture program for certifying businesses throughout Santa Clara County that operate using environmentally sound practices.

The Green Business Program is a successful partnership of environmental agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes and promotes businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified "green," participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. We offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance. Over 1500 businesses and public agencies have been certified since 1996 bay area wide and over 330 of those are in Santa Clara County.



Green Business Certification Program Los Angeles

Get Certified as a green business in Los Angeles, California.

The Green Business Certification Program provides, verifies, and annually re verifies that businesses meet the highest standards of environmental performance.

Our Mission is to help businesses, manufacturers, producers, distributers, service companies, and governmental agenices comply with all environmental regulations, conserve our precious resources, prevent pollution/waste, and all the while support local businesess.



EarthRight Business Institute

The EarthRight Business Institute (EBI) is dedicated to helping companies achieve environmentally sustainable business practices. Membership in EBI is available to companies of all sizes and types that see the value in managing their impact on the environment and are committed to working toward achieving best practices in environmental sustainability. The EarthRight Business Institute provides numerous benefits to member organizations through our certification, training and supply chain management programs.

EBI was founded by a Utah-based group of sustainability professionals with a shared passion for reducing impacts on our environment. Our group recognized the tremendous opportunity that exists within the business community to help promote environmental sustainability and reduce society's impact on the environment. Also, through our work with many business clients we recognized the need for a meaningful sustainability certification program that is available for business of all types and sizes.

The group's goal was to develop a substantive framework allowing businesses to develop meaningful sustainability programs and a recognizable certification to reward them for their efforts. The EBI framework provides a uniform, logical approach that will integrate environmentally friendly business practices and meaningful impact reduction into your organization.



San Francisco Green Business

Our mission is to help San Francisco business adopt environmental practices that are sustainable as well as profitable. We achieve our mission by setting stringent criteria, providing technical assistance, and publicly recognizing and promoting Green Businesses with a seal that enables customers to shop in keeping with their values.

The San Francisco Green Business seal means City and County of San Francisco auditors have verified that a business complies with strict environmental standards to reduce waste, prevent pollution and conserve resources.

The Program is made of up of three City agencies: SF Environment, San Francisco Department of Public Health, and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The San Francisco Green Business Program is also a member of the Bay Area Green Business Program.

In order be recognized as a San Francisco Green Business, a business must meet environmental standards in four areas: recycling and composting, water conservation, pollution prevention, and energy conservation. They must also be in compliance with all Federal, State, and local regulations.



The Bay Area Green Business Program

The Bay Area Green Business Program verifies that businesses meet higher standards of environmental performance. Our partnership of government agencies and utilities helps local businesses comply with all environmental regulations and take actions to conserve resources, prevent pollution, and minimize waste. We offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance. Over 1,600 businesses and public agencies have been certified since 1997.

The Program was developed by Bay Area local governments in collaboration with US EPA, Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control and the business community. The Association of Bay Area Governments coordinates the Program, which is implemented by Green Business Coordinators in 9 participating counties. The regional and local programs are funded by their partners, including local and regional government agencies, utilities, special districts and nonprofit organizations that promote environmental compliance, pollution prevention and resource conservation. Some funding also comes from government and non-profit foundation grants.



Santa Monica Green Business Certification

The Green Business Certification Program is a voluntary program that encourages businesses to implement proactive actions that are good for their bottom line and the environment. The Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program is collaboration between the City of Santa Monica , Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sustainable Works to certify and recognize green businesses in the Santa Monica Community.

Many businesses have taken steps to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations and have improved their performance, but until now, customers had no way of recognizing which businesses were going "green." The City of Santa Monica, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Works have joined together to certify and recognize green businesses in our community by issuing them with a Green Business Certification (GBC) certificate and window decal featuring the GBC logo.

In order to become Green Business Certified in Santa Monica , businesses must enroll in the program and then comply by choosing a specific number of measures/ actions from a list on the GBC checklist.

The Checklists specifies program criteria for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. Once the business checks off all the required number of measures, they submit a completed checklist, required supplemental materials along with payment to the Green Business Certification Coordinator. Upon receipt, a GBC representative schedules an onsite visit at the business to verify that the specified actions are indeed in place.



Institute for Green Business Certification

The Institute for Green Business Certification, Inc is a third party accrediting organization serving the United States, Canada and soon to be in South and Central America, South Africa and the U.K. The Institute for Green Business Certification (IGBC) does not offer products nor do we endorse or sell anything. We do not offer or sell training courses and we do not charge for our literature.

We provide consulting to businesses and organizations regarding environmental management and sustainability. Our multiple page audit is becoming the standard for what it means to be a Green business. IGBC certifies "Green" businesses and organizations, large and small. Our Sustainable Program defines key areas and specific guidelines in categories such as recycling, water conservation, energy conservation, waste reduction and "environmentally friendly" purchasing. IGBC is believed to be the oldest organization of its kind to certify business environmental practices.

We are one of the only Green programs in the country that actually provide an authentic "certification" for your business, or organization. This program is NOT a pass or fail. We work with you every step of the way to ensure you meet all standards! Once certified, you will receive your certification of Green Business, a window sticker, our marketing logo and our electronic logo for your website, where you can announce to the world that you are a certified Green business.



Green Business Bureau

The Green Business Bureau is becoming the standard for green business certification and accountability. The mission of the Green Business Bureau is to foster environmental awareness among businesses and promote business practices that are both environmentally responsible and commercially beneficial. We serve as a national third-party program that provides certification for businesses that follow environmentally responsible practices.

The Green Business Bureau is the place to turn to for the latest initiatives your business can take to become increasingly environmentally friendly. We provide unbiased standards and work diligently to give our members all the resource help they need to accomplish these tasks.



Green Clean Institute

Green Clean Institute Certified is a validation of your company's commitment to offer Green services. Why pretend to be a Green janitorial service when you can easily qualify your company and get natioanal recognition as a GCI certified firm. Dun & Bradstreet now lists all Green Clean Institute certified firms under their Green Company listing!

Some firms feel that it is enough to claim Green status by self-appointment or by virtue of a few Green products on their cleaning carts. "Greenwashing" refers to the desire to claim a Green quality without the credibility of training, peer-review, or certification. Firms that have participated in the Green Clean Institute Certified program have proven their dedication to Green and provided for the integration of Green training throughout their operation.

Green Businesses want trained and certified janitorial firms that bring a recognizable Green service to their program. As cities strive to become Green Cities, you are going to see more and more firms asking for Green credentials from their service providers. There is no better credential than Green Clean Institute Certified™ for your janitorial service.