Green Business Program

Alameda County Green Business Program

The Bay Area Green Business Program verifies that businesses meet higher standards of environmental performance. Our partnership of government agencies and utilities helps local businesses comply with all environmental regulations and take actions to conserve resources, prevent pollution, and minimize waste. We offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance. Over 1,600 businesses and public agencies have been certified since 1997.

The Program was developed by Bay Area local governments in collaboration with US EPA, Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control and the business community. The Association of Bay Area Governments coordinates the Program, which is implemented by Green Business Coordinators in 9 participating counties. The regional and local programs are funded by their partners, including local and regional government agencies, utilities, special districts and nonprofit organizations that promote environmental compliance, pollution prevention and resource conservation. Some funding also comes from government and non-profit foundation grants.

In 1996, the Alameda County Green Business Program began offering technical assistance and incentives to auto repair shops wishing to go beyond basic regulatory requirements. The program was extended to printers and hotels in 2000. So far, over 290 Alameda County businesses and public agencies have formed partnerships with the San Francisco Bay Area Green Business Program. According to County Coordinator, Pamela Evans, promoting green businesses translates directly to the bottom line. Customers prefer doing business with companies who protect the environment.

Expansion into More Industries... 

Alameda County has since worked with the regional program to develop checklists for restaurants, landscapers, hotels, offices and more! Nearly any small to medium-sized business or or non-profit can become certified.

...and Public Agencies
In addition to businesses, the program has certified public agency departments, including fleet maintenance operations and print shops.

Request An Application
If you are located in Alameda County and interested in becoming a Green Business, use this link to request an application.

For More Information
For more information on Alameda County’s Program, contact Pam Evans, Environmental Health Department, at 510/567-6770 or e-mail

How Can I Shop Green in Alameda County?
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By choosing Green Businesses you can help reduce waste and protect our environment because Green Businesses prevent pollution, minimize waste, and conserve energy, water, and other resources.

Businesses operating in an environmentally friendly manner deserve our support.

programlogoLook for the Bay Area Green Business Program logo at participating businesses. Auto repair shops, printers, wineries, hotels, landscapers, restaurants and other types of businesses are ready to serve you, and more businesses are being certified green every day.


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