Green Business Program
The Green Business Program is a voluntary regional program for certifying and recognizing small and medium-sized businesses that operate using environmentally sound practices.
Businesses are evaluated on water and energy conservation, pollution prevention, and solid waste reduction/recycling.
The Association of Bay Area Governments coordinates the Green Business Program, which was developed by Bay Area local governments in collaboration with US EPA, Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control and the business community. The City of Palo Alto is a program partner.
By choosing certified Green Businesses you can help to protect our environment because Green Businesses prevent pollution, minimize waste and conserve energy, water, and other resources.
Look for the Bay Area Green Business Program logo. Auto repair shops, printers, wineries, hotels, landscapers, restaurants and other types of businesses are ready to serve you. More businesses are being certified green every day.
Here is a comprehensive list of Green Businesses.
"Becoming a Green Business is a no-brainer -- a win-win situation that saves you money and protects the environment. Customers appreciate our being a Green Business."
--Bob Buchen, Complete Auto Service, San Pablo
How do I become a certified Green Business?
Contact the County of Santa Clara Green Business Coordinator at (408) 282-3166 or via email and enroll in the program. The County Coordinator will assist you with every step of the process -- from reviewing the environmental measures your business has already implemented, scheduling water, energy and waste assessments, to identifying additional ways to improve your business practices.
Is there a cost to participate?
No, there is no charge to become a certified Green Business.
How long does the process take?
Most businesses can complete the process in two to six months.
Profiles of certified Palo Alto Green Businesses
You can view profiles of the some of Palo Alto's Certified Green Businesses below:
Bio Pro Clean
Butterfly Life of Palo Alto
Candice Kistner State Farm Insurance
City of Palo Alto
Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center
Crowne Plaza Cabana
Guckenheimer Food Service - Roche Palo Alto
Gunn High School
Insignia Environmental (formerly Opus Environmental)
McMillen and Associates
Midpeninsula Media Center
My Gym Palo Alto
Ohlone Elementary School
Opal’z Zoaps, Scentz & Mineralz
Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
Palo Alto Hardware
Park Avenue Motors
Roche Palo Alto
Stanford Terrace Inn
Stern Mortgage Company
UPS Store (Midtown)