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Irvine to launch green business certification program

Irvine becomes the first city in O.C. to join the state's Green Business Network

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: September 28, 2012 12:35 PM

Next week, the Irvine Chamber will launch a new program to accredit green businesses in the city and surrounding area. The Irvine Green Business Certification Program aims to encourage and assist local businesses, offices and service providers to adopt environmentally friendly practices.

The Chamber is partnering with the California Green Business Network to coordinate the local certification program, with the goal of significantly reducing solid waste, greenhouse gases and pollution in the region. The Network is comprised of cities and counties throughout the Golden State that offer industry-specific green programs for local businesses.

A launch event for the Irvine certification program is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Atria Golden Creek Senior Living. The residential care and independent living establishment recently underwent a $13 million green renovation, installing energy-efficient and water-conserving appliances and fixtures, and recycling building materials in renovated buildings. The launch will include speeches from officials both the city and state.

Local businesses can learn more about the Irvine program on the Chamber’s website. Participation will cost $500 for a 2-year certification, with accreditations displayed at the Irvine Chamber website and the California Green Business Network member site. Businesses will be certified according to industry, state and local standards, determined through collaboration with local utilities.

The California Green Business Program is a collaboration between the network member governments and the California State Department of Toxic Substances Control, to help local businesses adopt green practices.


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