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Santa Clara Certifies 100 Green Businesses

Santa Clara County businesses take steps to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. - At a recognition event held at the County of Santa Clara Government Center, the County of Santa Clara Green Business Program honored 100 businesses that were certified in Fiscal Year 2012-13.  Now in its 14th year, the County’s Green Business Program continues to attract environmentally-minded business owners and assist them in the process of lowering the environmental impact in their communities.  This year, 100 businesses were certified, of which 47 were certified for the first time, 42 were re-certified, and 11 were recertified for the second time.
“I am proud of our growing roster of Certified Green Businesses,” said Supervisor Ken Yeager, President, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “Government cannot reverse climate change on its own.  Local businesses are a crucial component in creating a healthier environment for Santa Clara County residents.”
From hotels to automotive repair shops, from entire office buildings to restaurants, each business participates in a rigorous review of its energy efficiency, recycling, water conservation, and pollution prevention practices during the certification process. 
To become certified, businesses complete one of 18 industry-specific checklists.  A green business specialist from the County’s Integrated Waste Management Division verifies each environmental measure the business has noted on their checklist. While each business’ needs are different, one thing remains the same:  their commitment to environmental stewardship through green business practices. 
In addition to meeting the checklist criteria and standards, the Green Business staff verifies that each business complies with all applicable state and local environmental regulations.  Green Business certification is valid for three years unless a business changes location or ownership or falls out of compliance.
During re-certification, program staff looks for continued improvement in all aspects of their operations.  As advances made in technology and regulations become more stringent, checklists are updated to reflect those changes, while aligning with state and local regulations and best practices.
The Green Business Program reflects the County’s efforts to encourage environmentally-friendly practices in the local business community,” said Supervisor Wasserman, District 1, who is also on the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission. “A lot more can be achieved when local and state government and the business community work together towards the same goal.
Launched in 1999, the County of Santa Clara Green Business Program is part of the Bay Area Green Business Program and a founding member of the California 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 exceed standard environmental compliance required by local regulators.  Since 1999, over 650 businesses have been certified in Santa Clara County.
Media Contact: Zachary DeVine, Integrated Waste Management Division (408)282-3186
Posted: September 20, 2013