City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Today, the City recognized the first Long Beach businesses to be certified by its new Green Business Program. The event was held at Primal Alchemy, Long Beach’s first Green Certified catering company. Other businesses recognized at the event were Bowman Change, The Depot for Creative Reuse, Retail Design Collaborative & Studio One Eleven, Sacred Roots, Farm URBANA – Meghiddo Architects and Farm and Movement. Environmental benefits of the program include reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduced waste, water conservation, and reduced pollution.
“Small businesses are at the heart of the Long Beach economy and have the power to make a huge impact on how our community is able to meet its environmental goals,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I’m proud to recognize these businesses that have gone above and beyond to protect the planet.”
Long Beach launched a new Green Business Program this year under the California Green Business Network (CAGBN), which provides a statewide standard of sustainability for Green Business Certification. Green Business Certification is provided free of charge to all Long Beach businesses, and the program connects businesses with any resources and incentive programs available to help them go green. Businesses that achieve certification are promoted on the City website and social media channels, listed on the CAGBN database of green businesses and provided with branded material to showcase their certified status.
“We want to help businesses to reduce their impact on the environment and recognize the great work they do to help our community be more sustainable,” said Sustainability Coordinator Larry Rich. “There are many simple actions businesses can take that make a big impact.”
Businesses interested in becoming certified are invited to attend the Lunch and Learn at noon on October 2, 2018, at Studio One Eleven. Businesses can RSVP at www.longbeach.gov/greenbusiness.
As of 2017, CAGBN programs had certified 3,557 businesses and measured 784 million gallons of water saved, 977,000 tons of GHG reductions, 1.4 million tons of waste diverted, and $41 million in utility savings for businesses. The Long Beach Green Business Program encourages sustainable business practices in the city and tracks businesses’ accomplishments in reducing their environmental footprint.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
About the Office of Sustainability
The City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability works to create a more sustainable community by engaging with individuals, neighborhoods, and government to reduce our impact on the environment and protect our local natural resources. Our mission is to provide policies and programs that advance environmental stewardship, support local sustainability practices, and create a more livable and resilient Long Beach. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @lbsustainability.