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County of Santa Clara Certifies 111 Green Businesses

Santa Clara County businesses take steps to reduce, reuse and recycle

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Now in its 12th year, the County of Santa Clara Green Business Program continues to attract environmentally-minded businesses who want to keep their communities green. During Fiscal Year 2009-2010, the Green Business Program certified 111 businesses. Of those 111 businesses, 104 were certified for the first time and seven were re-certified.

“Government cannot reverse climate change on its own,” said Santa Clara Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager. “I am proud of the partnerships we have formed with local businesses to create a healthier environment for Santa Clara County residents.”

From restaurants to automotive repair shops, from entire office buildings to home-based businesses, each business completes a rigorous review of its energy efficiency, recycling, water conservation, and pollution prevention practices during the certification process.

Businesses complete one of 17 industry-specific checklists. Once submitted, a green business specialist from the County’s Integrated Waste Management Division conducts a walk through verifying the practices they have noted in their checklist. While each business’ needs are different, one thing remains the same: their commitment to protect the environment through green business initiatives.

In addition to meeting the checklist standards, the County verifies that each business is in compliance with local environmental regulations. Green Business certification is good for three years unless a business moves locations, changes ownership or falls out of compliance. During recertification, staff is looking for continuous improvement in energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, water conservation, and pollution prevention. As advances are made in technology, checklists are updated to reflect those changes, aligning with state and local regulations and best practices.

“We are very proud of these 111 businesses that have worked extremely hard to become Certified Green Businesses,” said Elizabeth Constantino, Program Manager of the Integrated Waste Management Division, which oversees the Green Business Program. “While many businesses may say they are green, the Green Business Program provides third party verification so consumers can be confident that a business has met specific criteria.”

The County of Santa Clara Green Business Program is part of the Bay Area Regional Green Business Program. Partnering with local cities, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Pacific Gas & Electric and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the County of Santa Clara Green Business Program certifies businesses that demonstrate environmental stewardship and responsibility. Since 199, 514 businesses have been certified in Santa Clara County.

Media Contact: Zachary DeVine, Integrated Waste Management Division, County of Santa Clara County 408-282-3186
Posted: September 29, 2010