Community Programs

Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program

The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program is a partnership of environmental agencies and concerned public working together to promote businesses that operate in an environmentally friendly manner.


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.

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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, while saving on their utility bills and gaining new customers.


The program serves the Monterey Bay Area Region and is a part of the California Green Business Network.  Since 2004 the program has assisted over 1,000 local businesses to green their practices and promotes over 300 businesses who have current certifications.

Fewer Carbon Emissions
  • This year, the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program has reduced X metric tons of CO2 , that’s the equivalent of planting X acres of urban trees a year for ten years.
Healthier Communities
  • Helps California businesses minimize waste and prevent pollution, creating healthier local environments and workplaces.
  • Marketing Certified Green Businesses creates a green marketplace where consumers can vote with their dollars and create a healthy, green economy.
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


“As a local company who has serviced Santa Cruz for over 50 years we are proud to be a part of the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Certification Program. Proactive business practices have always been at the heart of AA Safe & Security’s success; being certified green just makes sense for the security and sustainability of our business our community and our planet.”

Scott Edelstein, CEO, AA Safe & Security Co.