Sustainable Business Certification

2020-10-PW-GreenLeafOutline1.png Become a Certified Sustainable Business Today!

Do you want to join a growing network of sustainable businesses in Culver City who demonstrate environmental stewardshipcommunity engagement, and social responsibility?


PopSugar receiving Sustainable Business Certificate, 2017.
Sign In Table for Sustainable Business Certification Awards Event, 2018
Mayor Thomas Aujero Small celebrating with Envoy, 2018
Council Member Alex Fisch presenting Sustainable Certificate to Rainbow Acres, 2018
Vice Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells with Michael Harriel from So Cal Gas and Shea Cunningham from Balanced Approach, 2018

Why Certify?

  • Save money by reducing energy, trash pickup, and water use costs
  • Attract customers who appreciate green businesses
  • Receive rebates valued at up to $500 for improvements associated with certification
  • Improve employee well-being and productivity
  • Help the city achieve its goals to reduce climate change impacts
  • Engage with a growing community of local sustainable businesses
  • Prevent pollution, reduce waste, lower resource consumption, and improve the environment for the benefit of all

There are two certification tiers: Certification & Certified Innovator. Ask your sustainability expert for more information.

What Is Certification?

As a certified business you will:

  • Receive a "certified" seal and framed certificate for you to display at your business
  • Receive a digital "certified" logo to display on your website and include in social media and print materials
  • Gain membership in the California Green Business Network, a statewide searchable registry of certified sustainable businesses
  • Receive local recognition on the city's website and at the annual awards ceremony event
  • Receive recognition and a City Council Commendation at a City Council meeting

Certification is valid for 3 years. You will be notified when it is time to renew.

Are You Eligible?

  • Is your business type in the office, retail, school, theatre, or restaurant sectors?
  • Is your business located in a zoned commercial building in Culver City?
  • Do you have a current Culver City Business License?
  • Do you employ 2 or more employees?
  • Are you in compliance with all city and county regulations and permits and not involved in a legal action involving the city?

If you answered YES, then YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY!

We Will Assist You To Get Certified!

Sustainability experts will provide step-by-step guidance throughout the certification process. Experts will:

  • Perform a comprehensive on-site assessment 
  • Prepare a customized action plan based on the assessment
  • Provide access to free or low costs energy and water saving tools and resources
If you are one of the first 10 businesses to apply each year,
then the entire process is FREE!



Step 1.Follow these steps to get certified

(The entire process can take between 3 to 6 months)

Step 2.Complete the online registration form on the California Green Business Network website

(Registation takes just a few minutes)


Step 3.A sustainability expert will contact you to review the certification process

Step 4.A sustainability expert will visit your business and complete an assessment

Step 5.A sustainability expert will prepare a customized action plan for your business based on the assessment

Step 6.You will implement the measures in the action plan

Step 7.A sustainability expert will verify successful completion of the action plan

Step 8.We will issue certification and celebrate your success!



Culver City Certified Sustainable Businesses

*Certified Innovator

  • Actors’ Gang, Inc*
  • Akasha
  • A La Carte Thai Bistro
  • Appliances Plumbing Design (APD)*
  • Blankspaces
  • Blue Water Photo and Travel
  • Boschan Corp*
  • Branches Atelier
  • Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream
  • Criteo*
  • Cuningham Group*
  • Echo Horizon School
  • Eco-Dive Center
  • EcoSmart Fire
  • Enervee
  • Envoy*
  • Fresh Paint Art Advisors
  • Happyland Preschool*
  • Harajuku Taproom
  • Hi-Lo Liquor Market
  • Kirk Douglas Theatre*
  • La Visual*
  • Law Offices of Elsa Martinez*
  • Marina Martial Arts
  • Mithun | Hodgetts + Fung*
  • Motive LA
  • Moving Picture Company (MPC)*
  • Novecento Pasta & Grill
  • Osteostrong
  • Poon Design Inc*
  • Popsugar*
  • Rainbow Acres
  • Rediscover Center
  • Reformation HQ*
  • Reformation Culver City*
  • Rekon
  • Röckenwagner’s Bakery Café 
  • Rush Street
  • Sage Bistro
  • Servicon*
  • Simple DCP
  • Sole Society*
  • Woodshop Studios Inc
  • Zambezi
  • Zooga Yoga*

What do I do if I am placed on the waitlist?

We accept up to 15 applications each year beginning in January.

If you miss the cutoff or if registration is full, you are automatically added to the wait list for the next cycle.

A sustainability expert will contact you when the window reopens.

If waitlisted, you can get started watching the Informational Videos and reviewing the Key Measures Self-Checklists listed under the tab Prepare.

What is the cost?

The first 10 applications are free and the remaining 5 are charged a nominal fee for participating in the program.
Investment costs are unique for each business.
A sustainability expert will discuss costs with you.