Green Business Certification
Established in 1996, the California Green Business Certification is provided by 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.
About Green Business Certification
The Sonoma County Green Business Program is part of the statewide California Green Business Network, whose mission is to assist businesses to operate sustainably as well as profitably. Climate Action and Resiliency Division staff provides no-cost energy and sustainability technical assistance, including energy and water assessments, to small and medium sized businesses who choose to become a certified Green Business. To be certified, participants must be in compliance with all environmental regulations and meet Green Business program standards for saving water, conserving energy, preventing pollution, minimizing waste, and implementing best practices.
Green Businesses receive free technical assistance, access to rebates, public promotion, and are seen as leaders in the community. Sonoma County Green Businesses are listed in the California Green Business Directory, https://greenbusinessca.org/find-green-business/, use the Green Business logo in marketing materials, and benefit from ongoing marketing and social media campaigns. Program support and marketing materials are available in both English and Spanish.
The Sonoma County Green Business Program currently has rebates of up to $500* that can be used for costs associated with any measure on the Green Business certification checklist. In addition, business owners who self-identify as LGBTQIA or Black, Brown, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BBIPOC), or are worker-owned cooperatives can receive another $500*, for a total of $1,000*.
*For a limited time through November 30, 2023, businesses that complete their certification may be eligible for double the rebate.
How to Become Certified
Becoming a Green Business Member is great for local business, the environment and the community. And it’s easy to do. Go green in three simple steps.
- Register your business and complete the Green Business Checklist: http://Greenbusinessca.org
- Once you have completed the online checklist, please contact the Climate Action and Resiliency Division of Sonoma County, at (707) 565-6470 or email Energy@sonoma-county.org for a consultation
- On-site Assistance, after the consultation, a member of the Climate Action and Resiliency staff will schedule an on-site assessment and assist you in meeting the Green Business requirements
- Green Certification, once certified your business will be recognized as a Sonoma Green Business and join the network of California Green Businesses. We offer free marketing and promotion through online directories, recognition from the Board of Supervisors, two store front decals and access to online marketing tools.