Green Business Program

Brian Crawford, Community Development Agency
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The Green Business Program is a voluntary partnership among business leaders, government agencies and non-profit organizations. We recognize and promote businesses that demonstrate continuous compliance with applicable environmental regulations, conserve energy, water, and other materials, implement sound environmental practices that prevent pollution and waste generation, and share environmentally responsible practices with other businesses in our community.

The Marin County green business program is part of the Bay Area Green Business Program. There are over 2,750 certified Green Businesses located in the Bay Area.

 

About The Program

The Green Business Program is a voluntary partnership among business leaders, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. We recognize and promote businesses that...

  • Demonstrate continuous compliance with applicable environmental regulations
  • Conserve energy, water, and other materials
  • Implement sound environmental practices that prevent pollution and waste generation
  • Share environmentally responsible practices with other businesses in our community

The Marin County Green Business Program is part of the Bay Area Green Business Program. Developed by Bay Area public agencies in collaboration with US EPA, Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control and the business community, the Program is currently offered in all nine Bay Area counties.

Our local partners include Marin Clean Energy, North Marin Water District, Marin Municipal Water District and Smart Lights.

What does it mean to be a Marin Green Business?

Businesses in over 20 different industries, including auto repair shops, printers, hotels, restaurants, landscapers, wineries, janitorial and laundry services, grocery and retail stores, home remodelers, attorneys, architects, engineers, gift services, and a variety of office and home-based businesses, have successfully met the standards and are now recognized as Bay Area Green Businesses. Use the links below to learn more about guidelines for:

View the County's video on What it Means to be a Marin Green Business.

What will the Green Business Program provide for your business:

Green Business promotions work! Current and new customers will see your business in an earth-friendly, positive light. The Green Business Program will promote your: Environmental Responsibility, Good Business Practices and Community Concern.

By successfully participating in the Green Business Program, your business will receive:

  • Recognition certificate
  • Green Business window decal
  • Promotional items for customers
  • Camera ready art work
  • Ongoing promotions through local advertising and public events

Getting Started

If you are thinking about becoming certified as a Marin Green Business:

  1. Visit the About Us panel above to learn more about the program and requirements.
  2. Enroll online to access the Green Business Application.

If you have questions as you work through the checklist, contact Dana Armanino via email or phone to 415-473-3292 for assistance.

Please note that while we strive to assist businesses of every type and size there are some that are outside the scope of our program.

  1. Access our Resource Guide page if you would like assistance in meeting the standards.

To obtain more information on the program and discover what other Bay Area businesses and counties are participating, visit the Association of Bay Area Governments' website.

What do I have to do?

  • Pledge to Stay Green
    • "We believe a successful business is dependent on a healthy environment. We are actively working to show our environmental responsibility to our community by committing to the following objectives:
      • To comply with all applicable regulations and strive to exceed compliance
      • To conserve energy, water, materials and other resources
      • To develop and implement practices that prevent pollution and waste
      • To be an environmentally responsible business within our community
      • To strive for continuous improvement."
    • Staff will work with your business and local agencies to verify that you are complying with any applicable environmental regulations. These could include visits from wastewater, storm water, CUPA (hazardous materials/waste) and Air, depending on your business type. We pride ourselves on providing technical assistance to ensure your business is in compliance.
  • Identify ways to conserve resources & prevent pollution
  • Use Green Business checklist to select and record measures to:
    • Conserve Water
    • Conserve Energy
    • Reduce Waste
    • Prevention Pollution

You may already be doing enough to qualify. Staff from PG&E, your water company and others will verify what you're doing to meet the Green Business certification criteria.

Green Business Listing

The Marin Green Business Directory is now available in a searchable format along with all of the other Bay Area Green Businesses.