Green Business Certification
California certified green businesses have reduced over 800,000 metric tones of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of planting over 40,000 urban acres of trees a year for ten years.
What is the Green Business Program
Established in 1996, the California Green Business Program is a network of local programs run by cities and counties throughout California, allied in promoting a green economy through partnerships with small to medium size businesses. Alameda County and the City of Hayward are active partners in this statewide program.
What are the benefits of becoming a Certified Green Business?
Businesses receive advice and technical assistance from the Green Business Program coordinators and their public agency during the certification process. Many businesses discover financial benefits from improving their water and energy efficiency.
Furthermore, Certified Green Businesses receive marketing benefits, including a Green Business logo to place in your window and on your website, a listing on the Green Business online directory, and promotional events and media coverage to get your business recognized.
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 your facility and your operations. This includes things like recycling, using nontoxic products, and reducing packaging.
How do I get certified?
Fill out the registration form which will allow you to complete an application. Once your application has been received, representatives from the City of Hayward will visit your business to do an onsite assessment.
This short video gives an overview of the certification requirements:
“Once you learn and implement a new practice, it becomes a way of doing business in a more sustainable way.”
Wayne Beasley, General Partner, Way to Be Designs, Hayward Certified Green Business
“The Green Business Program works for small businesses by providing a comprehensive environmental performance framework and much needed technical assistance.”
Dr. Kerri Duggins, DC, Director of Imaging Department, Life Chiropractic, Hayward Certified Green Business