Who can apply for Green Business Certification (GBC)?

Businesses must:

  • Be located in Santa Monica
  • Be in operation for at least 3 months
  • Employ a minimum 2 employees
  • Occupy minimum 500 square feet commercial space
  • Be in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations
  • Businesses fall under the following sectors:
    • Office
    • Retail Restaurant
    • Grocery
    • Hotel
    • Motel
    • Arts & Culture Facilities

How does a business obtain Green Business Certification?

Businesses must sign-up for the program, receive confirmation and instructions on next steps.  Businesses entered into the program must complete the checklist for the corresponding business sector. 

The Checklists specify program criteria for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste.

Once businesses check off all the required actions and minimum number of optional measures, a completed checklist must be submitted, along with fee payment by check made payable to "Community Partners for Sustainable Works."  Upon receipt, Sustainable Works schedules an onsite verification visit to ensure the specified measures are in place.

How long does it take to get through the process?

The amount of time for a business to achieve certification varies depending on several factors i.e., how many green practices are already in place, how complex the facility is (e.g., is there a commercial kitchen or parking lot?), and how committed the business is to making the required changes quickly.  A business that moves quickly can achieve certification in 6-8 weeks.  A larger facility requiring comprehensive changes can take 6-12 months.


What is the cost of the program?

Along with the completed checklist, businesses are required to pay a fee based on business sector and size.  Fees are listed on page one of each checklist or see full fee schedule here.  

How long does a certification last until a business needs to recertify?

Once the businesses pass the onsite verification process, they are certified for a two year period. 

Certified businesses will be notified when recertification is required. 

How does a business renew certification after two years?

The Green Business Certification checklist for the appropriate sector must be completed again indicating the required and minimal number of optional measures are in place.  Completed checklists and fee payments must be submitted to the GBC Coordinator, Sustainable Works.

Can I still apply for Green Business Certification if my business does not fall under one of the sectors listed?

No.  Unfortunately, Green Business Certification is limited to the above business sectors at this time.  As the GBC program grows, checklists will become available to other business sectors.  To verify eligibility, please contact the GBC Coordinator, smgbc@sustainableworks.org