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This year, the California Green Business Program has saved 835,334 metric tons of CO2 with a total savings of $3,083,277. That's the equivalent of planting 44,161 acres of urban trees a year for ten years.

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1. Is there a fee for the Green Business Program?

2. How long does it take for a business to obtain Green Business certification?

3. What do I need to do to be a Green Business?

4. What is the process to become a Green Business?

5. What can I do to expedite my application?

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Are you getting the most out of your green….certification?

October 21, 2016

How to Promote Your Recognition You’ve got your Green Business recognition. Now what? Use it to your advantage! Check out this video and info sheet for tips from recognized SF Green Businesses on how they promoted their recognition to grow the business and support their company’s image. Getting the Most From Your Green Business Recognition […]

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Up to 50% more rebates for Southern California Small Businesses through SoCalGas for a limited time

July 7, 2016

“SoCalGas gave us $232,000 to help us satisfy our customers,” said Doug Hardy, energy manager for RalphsFood 4 Less. The company received the rebate money after buying about 350 qualifying pieces of food service equipment in one year. The Southern California Utility announced today that, for a limited time, they would be offering small businesses […]

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The Green Economy

January 28, 2016

Interested in seeing what we’ve accomplished and what we’re planning to accomplish? Check it out! CAGBN Green Economy 2015 Data CAGBN Growing 2015

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CAGBN to be Named a 2015 Green Hall of Fame Inductee

January 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: January 14, 2016 Sam Geil (559) 217-5219 sam@gogreenhall.org ADVANCES IN THE GREEN INDUSTRY ARE FOCUS OF MARCH 9 CONFERENCE; AWARDS CEREMONY Awards will recognize individual and organizational excellence in the Green Industry (Fresno, CA) – The best practices in the green industry will be showcased and recognized at the sixth […]

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The Green Business Academy: A Model to Efficiency

October 19, 2015

We at the Green Business Program have been victims of our own success. Every City and County Coordinator can remember the first year of their program, getting excited every time a new business expressed interest in the program. Those businesses were lucky to have our undivided attention. We were so excited that they were interested […]

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Our Story, Presented to the California Air Resources Board

September 25, 2015

Yesterday, the California Green Business Network presented our story, well, one of them anyhow, to the California Air Resources Board. Truth is, we have almost 3000 green business stories, but this one made the cut. Good afternoon Chair Nichols, Board Members. I’m Josephine Fleming, the Executive Director of the California Green Business Network. I am […]

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Fresno Green Team is the Dream Team

August 20, 2015

This morning I awoke before dawn, drove over two California mountain ranges to witness a beautifully chatoyant sunrise through the California Central Valley. It was the kind of sunrise that brings hope, excitement about the things that are happening in the world, that makes you want to be a part of positive change. Lucky for […]

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Green Businesses are the Antidote to Eco Despair

May 16, 2015

“Caring about climate is like living with a latent condition. Most of the time you feel fine, but every so often, you have a flare up of existential despair.” In the course of our work as Green Business Coordinators, we learn about many troubling things happening to our environment and can easily identify with this […]

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A Great Green Story: Plaza Cleaners

February 13, 2015

Yesterday, during the Cool California awards, I had the pleasure of meeting the Lee family, who run an eco-friendly and Green Business Certified wet cleaners in Thousand Oaks called Plaza Cleaners. They explained the wet cleaning process, and how it differs from perchloroethylene and hydrocarbon cleaning processes. Perchloroethylene is a known carcinogen and is being […]

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Green Business is Cool

February 12, 2015

The Cool California Program, and the folks at the Air Resources Board that work hard to make it happen, is so “cool”. If you haven’t, take a look at the resources on their website. There is a wealth of knowledge there to help any city, business, or home go green. Ten out of the sixteen […]

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About Us

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 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.

Contact Us

The California Green Business Network is a nonprofit organization that oversees programs operated by Chambers of Commerce, cities and counties throughout California. Businesses that apply receive personal attention from the public agencies and the utilities that serve them.

The counties and cities that offer the Program are listed below. County programs are generally available to businesses located in all cities within that county.

Local Jurisdictions

If your city or county is interested
in joining CAGBN, click here.

Businesses

New programs are organizing. If your city or county is not listed, contact your local jurisdiction to find out whether a program in your community may be launching soon.

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Carolina Miranda
carolinam@cultivatingcapital.com
510-485-9164
Bay Area Region

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Susan Psara, Green Business Coordinator
925.335-3220
Susan.Psara@hsd.cccounty.us
Bay Area Region

CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH

Lisa Ryder
310.874.2499
lisarydermoore@gmail.com

CITY OF LOS ANGELES

George Payba
213-485-3698
george.payba@lacity.org
Brendon Sher
City of Los Angeles GBP
SherBG@email.laccd.edu
Elektra Grant,
Sustainability Assessments Manager
elektra@artsearthpartnership.org

CITY OF MANHATTAN BEACH

Lisa Ryder
310-874-2499
lisarydermoore@gmail.com
Manhattan Beach Region

MARIN COUNTY

Dana Armanino
415-499-3292
darmanino@marincounty.org
Bay Area Region

CITY OF MISSION VIEJO

Ian Bevan, Coordinator
Ian@economicsinc.net

MONTEREY COUNTY

831-755-4579
recycle@co.monterey.ca.us
Monterey Region

NAPA COUNTY

Deborah Elliott
707-259-5969
deborah.elliott@countyofnapa.org
Bay Area Region

CITY OF RIVERSIDE

Andrew Markis
Account Manager – Sustainability Officer
(951) 826-5532
amarkis@riversideca.gov

SAN BENITO COUNTY

Jeremy Simmons
831-636-4110
jsimmons@cosb.us
Monterey Region

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

Kevin Kumataka
Green Business Coordinator
Kevin.Kumataka@sfgov.org
415-335-3778
San Francisco Region

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

Frank Ferral, Programs and Policy Director
San Joaquin and Fresno Counties
209-547-2770
fferral@stocktonchamber.org
Central Valley Region

SAN MATEO COUNTY

Emi Hashizume,
Green Business Coordinator
650-599-1441
Bay Area Region

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Frances Gilliland, Program Director
805-705-1686
coordinator@greenbizsbc.org
Santa Barbara Region

SANTA CLARA COUNTY

Lisa Rose
408-282-3166
lisa.rose@aem.sccgov.org
Bay Area Region

CITY OF SANTA CRUZ

Mary Simmons
831-420-5592
msimmons@cityofsantacruz.com
Monterey Region

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Ana Maria Rebelo
831-477-3976
greenbusiness@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
Monterey Region

CITY OF SANTA MONICA

Susy Borlido, Coordinator
310-458-8716 x2
smgbc@sustainableworks.org
Karl Bruskotter
310-458-2255
karl.bruskotter@smgov.net
Santa Monica Region

SOLANO COUNTY

Narcissa Untal
707-784-3172
nuntal@solanocounty.com
Bay Area Region

SONOMA COUNTY

Coordinator
707-565-6455
SonomaGreen@sonoma-county.org
Bay Area Region

CITY OF THOUSAND OAKS

Rod Cordova
805-449-2468
rcordova@toaks.org
City of Thousand Oaks

CITY OF VENTURA

Courtney Lindberg
805-667-6502
clindberg@cityofventura.net
City of Ventura

CITY OF WATSONVILLE

Julianne Rhodes
831-431-3485
jrhodes@envirocentives.com
Monterey Region

Pacific Gas and Electric Company supports and funds the energy conservation aspects of the California Green Business Program and the local City and County agencies that administer the them in their territory. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

“PG&E” refers to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. © 2015 Pacific Gas and Electric Company. All rights reserved.

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement G14-EA-001 to the California Air Resources Board. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.