Green Business Assistance Programs

The California Green Business Network distinguishes and certifies small to medium sized businesses that protect, preserve, and sustain our environment. The program is led by a coalition of cities and counties striving to make our communities healthier and more livable, while also conserving resources and saving money.

Becoming a Certified Green Businesses shows that you care about sustainability and are committed to conserving resources and preventing pollution in both your facility and operations. It means that your business complies with environmental regulations in the areas of waste, energy, water, pollution prevention, and air quality.
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Participating businesses receive information on how to conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollution, and shrink their carbon footprints. Businesses that meet these standards are officially recognized as Certified Green Businesses.

Fremont currently has over 20 certified Green Businesses—you can find the full list of them here. Every year, new and re-certified Green Businesses are honored at a City Council meeting. The Council meetings are broadcast on cable channel 27 and available via a live webcast when the meeting is in session. 

If you are ready to enroll your business in the program, visit the Green Business Certification page.

Green Business Case Study

Surplus Service

Surplus Service, a Fremont-based company whose mission is to assist its business customers in diverting electronic waste from the landfills by recycling or repurposing them, is a committed Green Business.

Surplus Service's green attributes and practices include:

  • All of the building’s lights are on alternating switches so light is only used where staff is working.
  • To conserve energy, no heating or air conditioning is used.
  • All food waste is collected for offsite composting.
  • Office materials, utensils, and plates are all re-useable.
  • Waste to the landfill has been reduced from a 3-5 yard dumpster to a 32 gallon garbage can per week.
  • The office is intentionally located near public transportation, including the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station.
Through these practices and others, Surplus Service saves significantly on its utility bills, as well as benefiting the environment. 

Read the full case study.

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