What is the Green business Program?
The California Green Business Network (CAGBN) is a free statewide program now open to Beverly Hills businesses. By participating, your business can save money on utilities, receive free consultation services, receive local and statewide recognition, and become sustainable.
Green Businesses conserve resources, save money, and stand out from the crowd. Customers can make informed decisions about where to spend their dollars. It's a win-win-win for business owners, customers, and the Earth!
why get certified?
Save money. Green Businesses implement practices that lead to long-term cost savings in energy, water, and garbage bills. Applying and being a part of the Green Business Program is FREE.
Enjoy a marketing edge over the competition. Customers increasingly want to patronize businesses that are doing their part for the environment. According to a recent survey of California Green Businesses, 42% reported an increase in business since receiving their recognition because customers like it!
It's good for the environment. You'll be doing your part to fight climate change by saving your company's valuable resources as well as the environment.
Improve employee wellness and productivity. By using fewer toxic products, staff members benefit. And who in California doesn't want to work for a cutting edge, environmentally conscious business?
Receive recognition as environmental leaders by the City of Beverly Hills. California Green Businesses will be listed in the business directory on the California Green Business website, and may also appear in spotlights in the website and on their social media. The City of Beverly Hills will use newspaper ads and social media to direct people to the CA Green Business Network directory to view Green Businesses in Beverly Hills.
Become a Green Business in Four Easy Steps!
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Participating Businesses Will Receive:
Assistance. A Green Business Program Coordinator will guide you through the application process and answer any questions you may have. Plus, your business will receive a free consultation, a customized action plan, and step-by-step guidance on how to meet the Program criteria.
Rebates/Discounts. Participants are eligible for many utilities incentives. A program staff will assist you to applying and getting to those incentives. These incentives may total up to $500.
Local and State recognition. Green Businesses will be recognized by the City of Beverly Hills, and will be listed on the official webpage and directory of the California Green Business Network.
Marketing tools. Green Businesses are given access to social media and print marketing materials, a marketing toolkit, a digital logo, and a printed certificate to spread the word about their environmentally friendly business.
What Businesses Can Become Certified as Green Businesses?
- Commercial businesses located in the City of Beverly Hills
- Businesses that have a current City of Beverly Hills Business License
- Businesses are in compliance and up to date with all city and county ordinances
Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics and Styrofoams
Plastic pollution, including single-use plastics and polystyrene, has raised environmental and health concerns related to water pollution, the welfare of marine life, and human health. In fact, every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic go into the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife and ecosystems. Plastic bags and disposable single use plastic items are a large part of that pollution.
Furthermore, the production and disposal of single-use plastics emit greenhouse gasses, a major contributor to climate change.
Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to single-use plastic and Styrofoam items. Alternative items are made of compostable materials, such as wood, cardboard, paper, corn-based, and resin, and will biodegrade when composted. Reusable items are another great option.
Suppliers and distributers for items of alternative materials include: World Centric, Jaya, EcoChoice, Webstaurant, Tellus, Bare by Solo, Fineline, EcoProducts, Stalkmarket, Planet+, and Fabri-kal.
The City of Beverly Hills is currently considering an ordinance that would prohibit single-use plastic and styrofoam items. For more information about the proposed ordinance, visit the website here: beverlyhills.org/plasticandfoam