FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2020
Frances Gilliland, Program Director
Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County, (805) 729-3472
Glenn Morris, President and CEO
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, (805) 925-2403
Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County Certifies 10 New Green Businesses
to be honored at 11th Annual Green Business Luncheon
SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC)
will celebrate 10 new Santa Barbara County businesses that have achieved Green Business certification.
“In order to be successful in the long-term, businesses need to manage all of their resources as wisely as possible. The Santa Barbara Green Business Program provides an important template and measurement opportunity for businesses to gauge how well they manage energy, waste, and other natural resources as part of their operations” says Glenn Morris, President and CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce (a Certified Green Business).
The organizations most recently certified are: Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Community Environmental Council (Santa Barbara), EcoLawn SB (Santa Barbara), Manifest Building (Santa Barbara), Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Starbucks (UCSB), The Club and Guest House at UC Santa Barbara, The Pad (Santa Maria), and Toad&Co (Santa Barbara).
Five businesses have achieved the highest level of certification and will be honored as our first Innovator Green Businesses. These businesses are: Allen Construction (Santa Barbara), Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, Toad & Co, and Community Environmental Council.
“Becoming a Certified Green Business was a challenging task to take on for our organization when we first started, but as we went through the process I found it to be insightful and helpful to promote better business practices and make our museum a better place for all, not just us but for the environment” says Kevin Genovese, Director of Facilities, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. “It was a very rewarding experience and I am thrilled that I was able to play a part in the process to get the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History certified as a Green Business and at the Innovator tier. I knew as a scientific institution that has the important task of helping educate the public about the natural world, we would have to walk the walk and become as green as we possibly could to help show others it can be done.”
Eighteen businesses that have completed the recertification process will also be honored at the luncheon. They have remained committed to implementing measures to foster sustainability, taken new actions to become even more sustainable, and therefore, achieved recertification for another three years. Recertified businesses are: Allen Construction (Santa Barbara), Carrillo Dining Commons (UCSB), CMC Rescue (Goleta), Coral Tree Cafe (UCSB), Courtyard Cafe (UCSB), Kitson Landscape Management, Inc (Goleta), Le Reve Organic Day Spa & Boutique (Santa Barbara), MedBridge (Santa Barbara), Romaine’s (UCSB) Root 217 (UCSB), Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, The Arbor (UCSB), The Corner Store (UCSB), The Lobero Theater (Santa Barbara), The Store at Buchanan (UCSB), UCen Catering (UCSB), UCSB Transportation Services,
Sarah Palladino, Community Relations Manager and Culture Steward, and Kyle Boettcher, Vice President of Product and Design, both with Toad&Co, will be the Keynote Speakers at the 11th Annual Green Business Program Luncheon celebrating these businesses on Thursday, March 5th at the Hotel Corque in Solvang. Ms. Palladino and Mr Boettcher will be sharing their expertise in sustainable clothing manufacturing and shipping. Also speaking at the luncheon will be Josephine Fleming, Executive Director of the California Green Business Network.
The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County is a countywide public/private partnership comprised of local governments, special districts, non-profits, utility companies, waste haulers, and Chambers of Commerce. The GBPSBC recognizes businesses that voluntarily take actions that go above and beyond complying with environmental regulations to serve as models of sustainability.
For more information on the Green Business Program and our 11th Annual Green Business Program Luncheon, go to www.greenbizsbc.org.
Contact information for the certified businesses is available upon request.