The Chamber will receive Official Recognition at the Santa Barbara County Green Business Program Luncheon on February 5, 2014

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce has become “Green Business Certified” and will receive official recognition at the annual Santa Barbara County Green Business Program luncheon on February 5, at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton. The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is the first Chamber of Commerce in Santa Barbara County to receive the recognition. It joins a number of businesses which have integrated environmental responsibility into their programs and earned Green Business certifications.

To become Green Business Certified, the Chamber had to meet stringent requirements, including changing its purchasing program to accommodate recycled and environmentally safe products, replace fixtures for water conservation, install equipment to promote alternative transportation, provide incentive programs for employees, upgrade energy fixtures, install motion sensitive devices, and other steps designed to promote sustainability.

“This shows that we lead by example,” said Bob Hatch, President and CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We want all businesses to become more energy efficient and focused on sustainability”.

The Chamber of Commerce is the administrator for the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership, a program sponsored by PG&E and the Southern California Gas Company. The Partnership provides local businesses and organizations with the opportunity to upgrade their operations to reduce energy use and the associated costs. Included in the Partnership are the municipalities of Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Buellton and Solvang, as well as the County of Santa Barbara.

For more details on the Santa Barbara County Green Business Program and the upcoming luncheon, you can access the website at www.greenbizsbc.org.

For more information on the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 805-925-2403, ext 817.