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The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program in Santa Cruz County is a multimedia (soil, water, and air) pollution prevention effort that creates a positive relationship between government, the public, and the business community. It is an incentives-based program designed to encourage businesses to meet or exceed environmental standards.

The Green Business Program would like to recognize those businesses leading the way in the environmental field within the County of Santa Cruz. Their good work will inspire other businesses to follow their example. We want to show that businesses can be both green and profitable-and good members of our communities.

To be certified “green," participating businesses must be in compliance with regulatory agencies and meet program criteria for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. Our program assists, recognizes and promotes businesses that choose to operate their businesses in a more environmentally responsible way. We offer motivated businesses an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance.

The Green Business Program was created in 2003. The Program currently provides assistance and certification for vehicle service facilities and restaurants. In the near future, the program will aim to assist and certify printers, hotels, landscapers, dry cleaners, and wineries in Santa Cruz County.

  Green Business Program Partners award the first Certified Green Business Awards to seven local auto shops at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors program kick-off ceremony, Earth Day 2004.

The following local agencies and organizations in Santa Cruz County are official program partners in the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program:

COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ
Sanitation District
Public Works Department, Recycling and Solid Waste
Environmental Health Services
City of Santa Cruz
City of Scotts Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant
City of Watsonville
Soquel Creek Water District
Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency

Our official Regional and State Program Partners and Funders Include:

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
Ecology Action
California Department of Toxics Substances Control Pollution Prevention Program

For information about the County of Santa Cruz Green Business Program, please contact our Green Business Program coordinator.

To find out what is happening in each county, and see what local agencies are sponsoring the program, use the links below:

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