The Green Business program is focused to assist businesses to develop cost-effective “green” solutions in order to prevent waste and pollution, and to conserve valuable resources. This program provides free technical assistance to business aimed at improving existing practices.
Green Business is a voluntary program that gives recognition to businesses that are working to reduce waste, recycle and otherwise conduct business in an environmentally conscious manner.
Look for the Green Business logo/decal in the window of certified Green Businesses. Click here for a listing of certified Green Businesses. http://www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/index.php?certified-businesses-1)
Why should my business get certified as a Green Business?
- Saving energy, water and raw materials saves you money. Sending less trash to the transfer station saves you money, too.
- Developing a positive, proactive relationship with compliance inspectors can help you avoid liability, fines and other sanctions.
- The Program promotes Green Businesses to the public and other businesses (again, for FREE)!
- Your company’s community image is enhanced through Green Business certification.
- Your employees will enjoy a safer workplace and will have one more reason to take pride in working for you.
The Green Business Program offers you free, convenient, time-saving assistance.
Do I get credit for the good things I’m already doing?
Yes! In fact, your company may already qualify. These Standards are designed to fit most businesses, but if certain measures are not applicable or feasible for your facility and operations, you may request an exemption or demonstrate alternative measures.
Do I have to do everything on the checklist to become a Green Business?
No, there are many ways to qualify. You must meet the minimum standards in each category. Beyond that, you may use the checklist to identify “next steps” to becoming even greener.
How do I get started?
Contact Lori Clark, Green Business Coordinator, at (360) 385-9444 to request a checklist or with any questions.
Is there a fee to be certified as a Green Business?
No, Green Business certification is free!
How is Green Business certification different from EnviroStar certification?
The EnviroStar program encourages and recognizes businesses for reducing their hazardous waste such as auto shops, dentists, dry cleaners, print shops and others. Only businesses that produce hazardous waste can be certified as an EnviroStar Business. Any business can be certified as a Green Business if they meet the criteria.
For more information view/download: http://www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/index.php?green-business
This project was funded by a grant from Washington State Department of Ecology.