The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County celebrated the most recent Santa Barbara County businesses to achieve the Green Business certification at a luncheon February 15. The companies most recently certified are: Aqua-Flo Supply (Goleta), the Chumash Casino Resort –Hotel (Santa Ynez), Santa Barbara Airbus (Goleta), True Nature (Goleta), four UCSB Dining Commons, and Z Folio Gallery (Solvang).
Rick Crandall, Director of Environmental Stewardship for Albertsons, Southern California, gave the keynote address. In addition to honoring the businesses listed above, the Green Business Program recognized 12 other businesses that have achieved certification over the past year. Also as part of the luncheon event, the Southern California Gas Company presented their Energy Smart Award to Greg Lowe and Mark Funkhouser of the Chumash Casino Resort Hotel.
For more information on these businesses, plus a complete listing of all of the local Green Businesses, go to www.greenbizsbc.org.
“The Green Business Program has continued to have the honor to work with businesses of all types and sizes in our community, said Program Director Frances Gilliland. “These businesses see the value in working toward both environmental and economic sustainability”.
The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County is a county- wide effort partnering local governments, agencies, special districts, non-profits, utility companies, waste haulers, and chambers of commerce. The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County recognizes businesses that go above and beyond required measures to serve as models of sustainability. It also helps businesses save money and enhance the environment. Businesses address waste reduction and recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy efficiency and conservation, water conservation, air pollution prevention, and alternative transportation with a checklist tailored to their industry type. The program is free, voluntary, and offers assistance and incentives, including an official Green Business certification and promotion upon completion of various mandatory and a minimum number of voluntary actions.
"Even in these tough economic times, job providers continue to sign-up for our Green Business Program. Restaurants, hotels, offices, automotive repair shops, and others believe strongly in the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency, resource conservation, and recycling," said Tim Mahoney from Southern California Gas Company. The program currently offers certification for the office/retail sector, restaurants, automotive shops, and lodging establishments. In the coming years, additional business types will be added to the program.
The Green Business Program also enables the public to find and support businesses that care for our environment. Certified Green Businesses can display a window decal, and consumers can search for businesses on the program’s website, http://www.greenbizsbc.org/.
Contact information for the certified businesses is available upon request.