Conserving Resources and Reducing Overhead
The GreenBiz Cupertino program fosters resilient businesses, schools and organizations while improving our environment and helping to build a healthy community. The City of Cupertino provides step-by-step support in achieving certification through the California Green Business Program. We work with you to conserve energy and water, manage and reduce waste, prevent pollution and cut costs. We also connect you to free services, equipment and resources.
The success of GreenBiz Cupertino has made it an award winner.
- ICLEI’s Green Business Challenge Award, 2014
- Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Red Tape to Red Carpet Award, 2014
- Green Technology’s Green California Leadership Award, 2013
Steps to Certification
- ENROLLMENT: Send your completed Enrollment Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you to schedule an introductory meeting and site assessment.
- SITE ASSESSMENT: The City’s team will evaluate sustainability measures that are already a part of your operations.
- ACTION PLAN: Your business will receive an action plan for the remaining measures required for certification.
- FREE SUPPORT: You will gain access to energy, water and waste assessments, as well as equipment, installations and rebates.
- IMPLEMENTATION: You will make adjustments that conserve resources and reduce overhead costs.
- VERIFICATION: The County will verify your sustainability practices.
- CERTIFICATION: Your business will become a certified GreenBiz – with a marketing edge over competition.
- Download our brochure for an outline of the program’s benefits and other information.
- Download a sample checklist to see the kinds of sustainability measures considered.
Join the following businesses in achieving GreenBiz Cupertino certification and earn a place on the City’s Green Business Map.
Acadia Veterinary Clinic
Bethel Lutheran Church & School
Bitter + Sweet
City of Cupertino, all facilities
C.L. Music Center
Coffee Society @ Cupertino Library
Cupertino Chamber of Commerce
Cupertino Education Association
Dance Academy USA
De Anza College
De Anza Veterinary Clinic
Development is Child’s Play!
Driving Machine, The
EarthCare Landscaping, Inc.
Evolution Bike Shop
Intero Real Estate Services
Juniper Hotel Cupertino
Krishnapuram, Harini A., DDS
Park Place Restaurant
Purglen of Cupertino
Rio Adobe Southwest Café
St. Jude’s Episcopal Church
Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
Ski Renters, The
Sunny View Retirement Community
United Furniture Club
GreenBiz Cupertino is made possible with the support and services of the following: Santa Clara Valley Water District, Bay Area Green Business, PG&E, Recology, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and Silicon Valley Energy Watch.
By becoming a participant in GreenBiz Cupertino, your organization opens the door to a wealth of resources that will help you reduce the cost of your operations while making them friendlier to the environment.
Free Products and Services:
- Customized Action Plans
- PG&E Utility Bill Analysis
- ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager Benchmarking
- Lighting Assessments
- Waste Audits
- Indoor/Outdoor Water Audits
- Complementary Supplies, such as recycled paper products, high-efficiency faucet aerators and spray valves, recycling and compost bins, and non-toxic cleaning products
Achieving certification requires implementation of an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy (EPP).
- County Provided EPP: Sample policy to fill out for your organization.
- Green Purchasing Workshop Resources:
- Yalmaz Siddiui, Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy at Office Depot: Greener Purchasing that Saves
- Mike Corvello, Professional Sales Associates: Sustainable Products
Becoming a certified GreenBiz means saying goodbye to toxic cleaning products.
- EPA's Safer Choice Label: Lists products that are safer for human health and the environment.
- Green Seal: Provides environmental certification standards for a variety of products.
- SF Approved: Lists products and services that meet the requirements of San Francisco, which also comply with those of Santa Clara County.
Certification requires that use of some products that contain recycled content:
- CalRecycle Product Directory: Lists recycled-content product manufacturers in California.
- Many office suppliers, such as Office Depot, Staples, Costco and Amazon, have recycled-content copy paper, paper towels, toilet paper and more.
Recycling & Composting:
- Visit the Garbage & Recycling page to learn about recycling and composting.
Energy Efficiency & Conservation:
- ENERGY STAR® Products: Find energy-efficient products by looking for the logo.
- PG&E Commercial Rebates: Submit rebate applications for eligible energy-efficient products.
- Silicon Valley Energy Watch: Get an energy assessment.
Water Conservation & Pollution Prevention:
- San Jose Water Audit Program: Sign up for a free water audit if you are a San Jose Water customer.
- Santa Clara Valley Water District Rebates & Materials: Access rebates for eligible water conservation materials and equipment, including landscape conversion, submeters, toilets and irrigation equipment.
- Watershed Watch Business Resources: Access best practices for preventing pollution.
- Alternative Fuels Data Center: Consider alternative fuel vehicles when replacing your commercial fleet.
- Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program: Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in our air district are required to offer commuter benefits.
- Bike Commuting: Download the Cupertino bike map and area route maps from the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition.
- Public Transit: Download Caltrain maps and timetables for stops in Sunnyvale. Plan commutes via VTA Routes & Trip Planners.
- Spare the Air Employer Program: Sign up to alert your employees to Spare the Air Days and encourage them to walk or bike to work.
- ENERGY STAR® Certification: Get your commercial building certified.
- Green Restaurant Association: Become a certified green restaurant.
- LEED: Strive for a USBGC LEED certification of your building.
Acterra’s Business Environmental Award, 2013