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Certified businesses will be recognized locally and statewide as members of the California Green Business Network, a network of over 2,800 other businesses in the State of California that have already committed to pursuing greener practices.
Currently businesses in the following sectors can apply for recognition:
Interested businesses should register on the California Green Business website.
Riverside Public Utilities staff will follow-up to schedule a site visit and answer any questions. If you have any questions please call (951) 826-5025 or send us an email.
Many businesses find that it makes economic sense to adopt sustainable practices. Some of the benefits to going green include:
What is the process to become a certified Green Business?
Interested businesses should first sign up on the California Green Business Program Website. After creating an account, businesses are encouraged to independently review the Green Business Checklist to identify which measures they currently meet based on their businesses’ green practices. Within 1-2 weeks Riverside Public Utilities staff will schedule a site visit with the business.
How long does the certification process take?
The certification process consists of four major milestones:
The duration of each step largely depends on how many measures the business is already implementing, how many changes need to be made, and how quickly the business implements the required changes to meet the Green Business standard.
What takes place during an on-site visit?
During the on-site visit, Riverside Public Utilities staff will verify that your business has correctly completed the checklist and work with you to complete any additional measures to reach the Green Business standard.
How much does the program cost?
Enrollment in the Green Business Program is free. Businesses may elect to spend money to participate in Riverside Public Utilities rebate programs during the certification process.
How long am I certified for?
Green Business certification lasts for three years. Businesses can easily be re-certified at the end of the three year period by demonstrating that they have maintained their green standard and have implemented new green practices.
What if a business has outstanding violations or compliance issues?
All businesses will undergo audits and compliance checks. Any outstanding violations or compliance issues will make a business ineligible for Green Business certification.