The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) and the SLO County Green Business Program are reaching out to the business community to offer support and assistance during this unprecedented time. Businesses that apply to this free program receive technical assistance and personal help from both ECOSLO staff and local agencies. In SLO County, this includes SLO County IWMA, SLOCOG Rideshare program, and the County’s Energy Watch Partnership. Certified Green Businesses exceed all environmental regulations, and implement specific practices to: reduce and divert solid waste, save water and energy, incentivize alternative transportation, and protect human health.

With the shelter in place ordinance and subsequent closure of businesses throughout the community, many businesses may find this time useful for pursuing small projects and improvements on the back end of their operations. Your business may find this a beneficial time to enroll in the SLO County Green Business Program and pursue Green Business Certification. When the time comes to re-open your doors to the public, having the seal of approval from the State of California’s Green Business Network will give your business a marketing edge and show the community your dedication to the health of your employees and the environment.

While there are obstacles that small businesses are faced with right now, the SLO County Green Business Program can offer the opportunity to continue making positive progress for your business. We recognize the importance in coming together as a community to support those in need during these trying times, and continuing to take steps towards protecting the health of our people and our environment, helps create a resilient SLO County community.

Interested in learning more about the SLo COunty Green Business Program? Get started or ask questions about becoming a certified Green Business, by contacting ECOSLO’s Sustainability Assistant, Anna Talken at anna@ecoslo.org.