1. Is there a fee for the Green Business Program?
There is not currently an fee for most jurisdictions, but there may be soon, so apply quickly. Many jurisdictions will likely start charging a nominal fee to cover the costs of running the program. A few jurisdictions have already started doing this. Costs may be incurred, however, if fixtures do not meet our minimum requirements.
2. How long does it take for a business to obtain Green Business certification?
It depends on several factors: how many practices on the Green Business are already in place, how complicated the facility is (i.e. is there a kitchen, parking lot, or pool?), and how committed the business is to making the required changes quickly. It generally takes a quick business about a month to 6 weeks. An average time frame is about 3 months. Some businesses can take up to a year if they move slowly or have complicated changes to make.
3. 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 both your facility (fixtures and maintenance) and your operations (purchasing and other practices). Credit worthy actions items consist of certain requirements for all businesses, a minimum number of optional items chosen from the and other items you write in (which are subject to approval). These items are then verified through several onsite assessments. For any required items not verified, needed follow up action must be completed in order to be passed. Once all assessments are passed, you will be Certified!
4. What is the process to become a Green Business?
The exact process varies between
jurisdictions, but all consist of filling
form, completing an application,
and having onsite assessments. Some
jurisdictions require an initial site
visit or a phone consultation before the
some go straight to the assessments when
the is complete. Different jurisdictions
also accept s at different levels of
completion. Please contact
coordinator or review the instructions
in the automatic email you receive
5. What can I do to expedite my application?
Businesses that have submitted an online can expedite the process by using in information guides next to the application measures to implement the minimum requirements in the application. Being able to provide supporting documentation for each practice also helps speed the process.
6. Does my business have to be entirely green before I apply?
No, any business operating in an eligible sector with a commitment to greening operations and a willingness to make required changes can apply. Our program staff will assist each business in implementing the required practices and help them obtain Green Business certification.