The District is undergoing certification as a Green Business with the Santa Barbara County Green Business Program. Some of these practices include promoting carpooling and energy-saving commuter options for staff, installing low flow plumbing fixtures, replacing lawn landscaping with xeriscaping, the use of biodegradable and non-toxic cleaners and maintenance products, and the purchase of paper products which contain post-consumer recycled content, like copy paper and letterhead. The District has already completed an energy assessment and retrofitted all lighting to LEDs throughout the plant, as well as producing over 7 billion gallons of recycled water for landscape use in the community.
Green Business Program
The Goleta Sanitary District is a member of the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County. This program offers incentives and assistance to encourage businesses to implement actions that protect, preserve, and improve the environment above and beyond compliance with applicable regulations. Businesses meeting these criteria can be certified as “green” businesses. The Green Business Program provides checklists to businesses interested in becoming green, certifies businesses through on-site evaluation, and highlights these businesses in the community through marketing and outreach.
How to Become a Green Business
- Fill out an initial application, and agree to a compliance check to assure compliance with existing environmental regulations.
- Complete applicable checklist for your type of business. A certain number of measures must be implemented to qualify for certification.
- An onsite evaluation will be conducted to verify practices reported on the checklist and to offer further suggestions and guidance if needed.
Upon completion and verification of these steps, the business will be awarded Green Business Certification. Certification includes a window decal with a program logo, an electronic version of the program logo, a summary of evaluation findings and recommendations, listing in the directory of Santa Barbara County Certified Green Businesses, and marketing assistance through the Green Business Program website.
For more information contact the Green Business website.