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What is the California Green
Business Network?

The California Green Business Network (CAGBN) leads the nation in working with hard-to-reach businesses to create a vibrant, green economy. Since 1996, CAGBN has offered technical assistance and economic incentives to help business owners improve their bottom line, protect the environment, expand the workforce, and provide a green market place. Led by a coalition of local governments, utilities, and NGOs, the program achieves a shared mission of recognizing and promoting businesses that meet high sustainability standards.

CAGBN is able to offer tools and training to start new Green Business Programs in California. Please let us know if you or your staff would like to join us for an informational webinar in which we’ll give you more background and answer any questions you may have.

Our Impact

Businesses that join the program conserve resources and prevent pollution, helping local jurisdictions meet climate and waste reduction mandates.
Since 2009, Certified Green Businesses have collectively saved:

1,417,985,914 Pounds of GHGs Emissions Averted

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396,538,810 Pounds of Waste Reduced

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45,200,190 Therms of Natural Gas Saved

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1,458,017,528 Gallons of Water Saved

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533,654,531 kWh of Energy Reduced

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$ 130,407,042 In Utility Bill
Savings

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Why start a Green Business Program?

CAGBN is able to offer tools and training to start new Green Business Programs in California. Please let us know if you or your staff would like to join us for an informational webinar in which we’ll give you more background and answer any questions you may have.

  • Meet City/County sustainability goals through GHG reductions, resource conservation mandates: Climate Action Plans, solid waste diversion targets, water conservation, etc.
  • Better environmental compliance: Businesses adopt more “beyond compliance” measures
  • Better stakeholder relationships: public, business, utilities, agencies
  • Plug and play systems to run a program
  • When available: $30k in funding to start a program
  • Waived member dues the first year
  • Free access to all materials, marketing, resources, conference, Basecamp

Why join the California Green Business Network?

CAGBN has 50 California members and licenses its database platform to 9 other states, and is still growing. All of the in-state and out of state programs run independently, but we coordinate to share best practices and resources. This pooling of resources and expertise, coupled with demonstrated environmental metrics, has attracted significant grant funding and allowed us to expand our program into the communities that need it the most. These communities would not have had the resources to start a green business program otherwise, and now their programs are independently running and thriving.

What we do:

  • Provide free technical and financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Offer easy to use framework
  • Recognize and promote businesses for their green accomplishments.
  • Help municipalities reach their sustainability goals
  • Provide a local green marketplace for consumers and employees.
Green Business Programs

Contact us today to learn more about starting a Green Business Program in your area.

California Green Business Network
info@greenbusinessca.org