Community Programs

California Green Business Program

The California Green Business Program leads the state and nation in working with small to medium sized businesses to grow a vibrant and healthy green economy. Led by a coalition of cities and counties, we contribute to more livable communities with healthier environments, while also conserving resources and saving money.



The California Green Business Program is a network of local programs operated by counties and cities throughout California. Businesses that apply receive personal attention from the public agencies and utilities that serve them. The program is funded by grass-roots contributions from local government and utility partners to make it accessible to small to medium sized businesses in California. Certified Green Businesses exceed all environmental regulations, and implement specific practices to reduce pollution, save water and energy, and protect human health.

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The goal of our incentive and assistance programs is to help local businesses conserve energy, water, minimize waste, prevent pollution, and shrink their carbon footprints.


The measured results of all 3000+ California Green Businesses put together nets some huge environmental outcomes:

  • Over 800,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions reduced, the equivalent of planting over 40,000 urban acres of trees a year for ten years.
  • Enough kilowatt-hours saved to power 25,000 houses for an entire year.
  • Over 400,000 metric tons of waste diverted from the landfill, almost 60,000 garbage trucks worth of waste – eliminated
  • 124 million gallons of water saved – a lot of toilets and shower heads folks!
  • Over 28,000 gallons of hazardous waste eliminated.
Fewer Carbon Emissions
  • This year, the California Green Business Program has saved 822,677 metric tons of CO2 with a total savings of $3,083,277, that’s the equivalent of planting 43,583 acres of urban trees a year for ten years.
Healthier Communities
  • Helps California businesses minimize waste and prevent pollution, creating healthier local environments
  • Being certified green just makes sense for the health and sustainability of our community and our planet
Stronger Businesses
  • Green business is smart business, incorporating green practices in to your own business helps conserve resources and makes businesses more efficient
  • Provides a wonderful opportunity to implement green practices, receive onsite technical assistance, join the green business community and receive recognition from your local municipality

Program Reach

“The amount of learning that went on about how you can operate a more sustainable organization that is safe, efficient and can save you money in the future was really great.”

—Christina Cuevas, Program Director, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz