Businesses Served

The Bay Area Green Business Program serves small to medium-sized businesses in the nine Bay Area Counties.

We have standards for auto services, printing, hotels, restaurants, landscape design and maintenance, remodeling, garment cleaning (wet cleaning or CO2 systems exclusively), dentists, wineries, janitorial services, offices and retail shops.

Other businesses may be eligible. Contact your county coordinator for more information.

Use the links below to learn more:

General Standards
Auto Repair

"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

"The Green Business Program promotes your efforts. You can be a small business doing the right thing, but it won't increase your business until the community knows.

Becoming a Green Business has given us a higher profile within our community. People enjoy shopping here in part because of our environmental actions."

--Larry Hasset, Palo Alto Hardware, Palo Alto

Green Your Business

A Green Business...

  • Is recognized as an environmental leader
  • Operates efficiently, strengthening the bottom line
  • Improves employee morale, health and productivity
  • Holds a marketing edge over the competition

Green Businesses receive recognition through:

  • The Bay Area Green Business Program website:
  • The California Green Business Program website:
  • City and agency newsletters
  • Press coverage, promotional events and special recognition
  • Window decals, certificates and promotional materials for your business
  • Green Business logo to use in your advertising
Get recognized for being Green—sign up to become a Green Business today!

What Do I Have to Do?

Comply with environmental regulations

Local agencies will provide technical assistance, if needed, and verify that your business complies with applicable environmental regulations. Depending on your business type this could include site visits from wastewater, storm water, hazardous materials, and air quality staff.

Conserve resources, prevent pollution, reduce waste

Use a Green Business checklist to select and record what you are doing to green your operations. Some actions businesses take include:
  • buying only recycled-content paper and copying double-sided
  • cleaning with less toxic products
  • using efficient lighting systems
  • installing low-flow toilets and faucet aerators
You may already be doing enough to qualify. Staff from PG&E, your water company and others will visit your business to verify that you meet our standards.

Pledge to stay Green


The Bay Area Green Business Program utilizes the California Green Business Program's statewide application system. Businesses throughout California can register, complete their application, and manage their directory listing online.

Click the Apply link and you'll be on your way to becoming a Green Business!


Contact your Green Business Program Coordinator

to learn more about the Green Business Standards, and what it takes to become a Green Business. Businesses can receive advice and technical assistance at no cost from the Coordinators and their public agency/utility partners.