Riverside is the 12th largest city in California and home to more than 300,000 people with diverse cultures and traditions. Our city is home to several prestigious universities and is made up of more than two dozen unique neighborhoods. More than 100 years after its founding, Riverside still honors its strong heritage and takes great care to preserve its natural resources.
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The Riverside Green Business Program recognizes local
businesses for taking initiative to pursue greener practices in their
facilities and operations. Businesses are evaluated based on their efforts to
reduce pollution and waste and to improve resource use efficiency.
Certified businesses will be recognized locally and statewide as members of the California Green Business Network, a network of over 2,800 other businesses in the State of California that have already committed to pursuing greener practices.
Currently businesses in the following sectors can apply for recognition:
Interested businesses should register on the California
Green Business website.
Riverside Public Utilities staff will follow-up to schedule a site visit and answer any questions. If you have any questions please call 951-826-5532 or send us an email.
Many businesses find that it makes economic sense to adopt sustainable practices. Some of the benefits to going green include:
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the certification
The certification process consists of four major milestones:
1. Businesses register on the California Green Business Website and independently review the checklist.
2. Riverside Public Utilities staff will schedule a site visit to verify the checklist measures and help the business identify steps to improve upon their green practices.
3. The business works to make the improvements identified during the site visit.
Final certification by Riverside Public
The duration of each step largely depends on how many measures the business is already implementing, how many changes need to be made, and how quickly the business implements the required changes to meet the Green Business standard.
What takes place
during an on-site visit?
During the on-site visit, Riverside Public Utilities staff will verify that your business has correctly completed the checklist and work with you to complete any additional measures to reach the Green Business standard.
How much does the
Enrollment in the Green Business Program is free. Businesses may elect to spend money to participate in Riverside Public Utilities rebate programs during the certification process.
How long am I
Green Business certification lasts for three years. Businesses can easily be re-certified at the end of the three year period by demonstrating that they have maintained their green standard and have implemented new green practices.
What if a business
has outstanding violations or compliance issues?
All businesses will undergo audits and compliance checks. Any outstanding violations or compliance issues will make a business ineligible for Green Business certification.