Businesses that have achieved certification during the past year as “green” businesses from the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC) will be honored on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 during a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, located at 555 McMurray Road in Buellton. Jacqueline Burge, Senior Director of Facilities for lynda.com, a certified “green” business, will serve as the keynote speaker.  The cost of the luncheon is $25.00 per person, if payment is received by January 29th or $30.00 per person for payments received after that date. You may register online here: http://www.greenbizsbc.org/feb5-2014lunch.html

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

A business that wants to become certified must complete an application and checklist.  Serving as a one-stop shop, the Green Business Program Director offers guidance and various resources to assist the business throughout the certification process.   A business that achieves certification can save money by reducing waste and the use of energy, water and other resources and create a more comfortable and healthy workplace.  It will also receive a certificate and a window decal with the GBPSBC logo that it can use in marketing and on its website.  In addition to the annual luncheon, certified green businesses will be recognized through a Green Business Directory on the GBPSBC website and through free advertising.  GBPSBC Partners may also publicize certified green businesses in their promotional materials, events, advertising, on their websites, and in their own public recognition ceremonies.

Currently, businesses in the following sectors are eligible to apply for certification:  general office/retail stores, restaurants, lodging establishments, and automotive shops.  Other sectors will be added in the future based on available resources, demand, and community interest.

To obtain more information about the GBPSBC Luncheon and to RSVP, please visit the GBPSBC website at www.GreenBizSBC.org.  For additional information, please contact the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division, at (805) 882-3616 or send an e-mail message to anakash@cosbpw.net.  RSVPs are due  by January 29, 2014.