Businesses that have achieved certification during 2010 the past year as “green” businesses from the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC) will be honored on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 during a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, located at 555555 McMurray Road in Buellton. Mark Heintz, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, for Deckers Outdoor Corporation, will serve as the keynote speaker. The cost of the luncheon is $25.00 per person, if payment is received by January 31st or $30.00 per person for payments received after that date or at the door on the day of the event.

The GBPSBC encourages employers and employees to protect, preserve, and improve the environment in solid waste reduction and recycling, energy and water conservation, environmentally preferable purchasing, and pollution prevention e.g. air quality, transportation and storm water runoff. This multi-jurisdictional, voluntary incentive program for environmentally conscientious businesses allows environmental regulators and advocates to provide support and to recognize participating businesses that implement good environmental management practices. It also focuses on publicizing businesses that are good environmental stewards. The GBPSBC educates job providers on incorporating resource conservation into their daily practices, as well as fostering a positive relationship among governmental agencies, the business community, and the public.

A business that achieves certification will increase profitability due to lower costs and increased productivity. It will also receive a certificate and a window decal with the GBPSBC logo that it can use in marketing and on its website. Certified green businesses will be recognized through a Green Business Directory, advertising, and the GBPSBC website. GBPSBC Partners may publicize certified green businesses in their promotional materials, events, advertising, on their websites, and in their own public recognition ceremoniesIf you would like additional information regarding the GBPSBC Luncheon, please contact the Buellton Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau at (805) 688-7829 or send an email message to kathy@buelton.org. To RSVP for the luncheon, see the GBPSBC website at www.GreenBizSBC.org. RSVPSs are requested by January 31, 2011. Checks should be made payable to the “County of Santa Barbara” and send to : County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department, 130 East Victoria Street, Suite 100, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Attention: Alan Nakashima.