How it Works

The GBP program creates the foundation, and gives you the tools, to enact systemic change within your organization by working together to achieve green business certification.

When you join, you will immediately gain access to our one-of-a kind online dashboard, which will guide you step-by-step through the process of becoming more sustainable in 7 major areas of operations.

A member of GBP staff will provide in-depth training on how to use the dashboard, and we may even be able to connect you with a trained intern to help you complete the program.

You will use our proprietary Greenhouse Gas Emissions tool to calculate the economic and environmental impacts of energy, travel, waste, water and refrigerants used in your organization. This will show you where resources are being wasted so you can implement strategies to increase efficiency and save money.

Steps to Certification

  1.  Join online and agree to terms and conditions 

  2. Access and customize your company dashboard

  3. Get your employees on board:

    1. Use our template to send an email to all employees declaring your commitment to this process

    2. Ask them to respond to two surveys regarding commuting habits and sustainability in the workplace

    3. Invite them to join the “green team” who will lead the charge

  4. Complete all required “green actions” in 7 categories

    1. Organizational commitment

    2. Energy

    3. Waste & Recycling

    4. Green Purchasing

    5. Transportation

    6. Land Use

    7. Water

  5. Complete the most recent two years of the GHG Inventory Tool

  6. Submit a final PowerPoint presentation detailing your accomplishments

Are there other benefits, aside from certification? 

GBP membership also entitles you to participate in our lively Google Group and online Team-Ups, where we take a proactive role in showcasing members’ knowledge and facilitating beneficial collaborations. 

For an additional fee (but included with sponsorships), members may host an educational Zoom webinar that will be promoted to our full list of 2,000 contacts and on social media. 

After you’re certified, we’ll help you plan a celebration ceremony and share your good news with our network. We also encourage you to (and can help you) publish a sustainability report.

This is the Investment:

Pricing & Eligibility

  • Open to businesses of all sizes and industries that lease or own commercial/industrial space 

  • Annual fee based on number of full-time employees (FTEs)

  • If signing up multiple locations, add FTEs across locations to calculate fees

  • 10% discount for nonprofit organizations