San Francisco Environment Department

SF Green Business Application Process and Program Standards

Interested in receiving free on-site technical assistance that will save you money and help the planet?

Register on the California Green Business Network

Here are the steps in the process:

  1. Register at
  2. Choose the recognition level you want to start at – Efficiency (Entry-level), Certified, or Innovator.
  3. Submit completed pre-site visit checklist.
  4. Schedule a phone consultation with a Green Business staff member.
  5. Set up a site visit to verify that San Francisco Green Business standards are being met.
  6. Receive your San Francisco Green Business recognition and maintain your green practices.

Program Standards

To be recognized as a San Francisco Green Business, applicants must meet the program standards and be in compliance with all applicable environmental regulations.

SF Green Business program standards are developed by program staff with input from industry experts, utility companies, pollution prevention professionals, City inspectors and trade associations. San Francisco Green Business standards incorporate local ordinance requirements and environmental services available to businesses in the City.

Once you are ready to start the Green Business process, register at

If your business does not currently meet our sustainability standards, our Green Business team will help you complete the measures by connecting you to free City resources and rebates. To review the City’s basic environmental regulations that your business must meet, please see the appropriate compliance guide provided by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for more details on the process of applying for recognition.

Related Content

Green Business Overview
Benefits of Recognition
Clean Technology Business Exclusion and Credit
SF Green Business FAQs

For more information about how to apply please contact our Green Business team at (415) 355-3778 or [email protected].



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