The CAGBN is a non-profit organization that oversees forty (40) programs operated by Chambers of Commerce, cities, and counties throughout California. These programs provide support and assistance to help certify SMBs that voluntarily adopt environmentally preferable business practices. These practices include increased energy efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation and waste reduction.
In order to reach SMBs in communities that bear a disproportionate share of environmental challenges, at least 25% of funding will be used in disadvantaged communities (DAC).
The Green Business Program (GBP) delivers assistance for sustainable business practices, strengthens the green marketplace, and tracks measurable outcomes using State and federally endorsed calculators. The program has worked closely with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on metrics and has partnered on state and federal grant opportunities to successfully launch programs in DACs and share resources with other States accross the nation.
If successful in certifying 40,000 businesses, eventually the State could expect to see over 10 million metric tons in greenhouse gas emission reduction, 1.6 billion gallons of water conserved, and $390 million in estimated utility savings for businesses.
Since its inception in the San Francisco Bay Area, the CAGBN has grown into a network of 40 programs serving 50% of the population of California. The network model was adopted and formalized as the California Green Business Network in 2011 Assembly Bill (AB) 913 (Feuer). Following this formalization, the CAGBN developed a strategic vision to serve 40,000 California SMBs by 2040 and CAGBN became a 501.c.3 not for profit organization.