Becoming a Partner for a Greener Davis is easy. Simply select the appropriate checklist for your industry from below. Check off (or write in) the measures your business is currently doing, sign the pledge, and return to the Public Works Department. Staff will review your checklist for appropriate minimum participation and send your certification packet.
Partners For a Greener Davis Certification Checklists
- Restaurants, Cafes, and other Food Service Establishments
- Automotive Services
- Medical (coming soon)
- Office/ Retail
- Paint and Remodel Contractors (coming soon)
- Property Management (coming soon)
To be certified as a Green Business Partner you must:
- Comply with all environmental regulations applicable to your business. Please ask staff about this.
- Implement a variety of measures to save energy, water, and other materials, and reduce waste. The program checklist walks you through this step! You may find you are already doing many of the things listed.
- Pledge to continue these terrific efforts to prevent pollution and conserve resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I get credit for the good things I’m already doing?
Yes! In fact, your business may already qualify. These standards are designed to fit most businesses, but if certain measures are not applicable or feasible for your facility and operations, you may request an exemption or demonstrate alternative measures.
Do I have to do everything on the checklist to become a certified Partner for a Greener Davis?
No, there are many ways to qualify. You must meet the minimum standards in each category. Gold, silver or bronze certification status is awarded to each Green Business Partner based on the number of items completed on the checklist. In order to receive a certification level, a business must complete the required number of items in EACH section of the checklist. For example, in order to become gold certified, a business must check enough items for gold certification in ALL categories. Each section of the checklist clearly states how many items must be completed to achieve gold, silver and bronze certification status.
Can I get an energy, water or solid waste audit to help me get started?
Yes, the City of Davis Public Works Department offers free audits for waste/recycling and storm water pollution prevention. Please note that an energy audit is required for certification (see the General Standards section of the checklists for more details).
Is there a fee to be certified as a Partner for a Greener Davis?
No, Partners for a Greener Davis certification is free!
As a certified Green Business Partner, what sort of recognition do I receive?
Businesses that are certified under the Partners for a Greener Davis Program will receive a plaque to place in their window and a certificate with the Partners for a Greener Davis logo and the year in which they were certified. Green Business Partners will also be recognized in a variety of other ways, including newspaper mention, Partners for a Greener Davis website listing, a spot on the Davis Government Channel and other media as available.
How do I get started?
A business that wishes to become certified as a Green Business Partner can find all the information about the program and download the checklist on the Partners for a Greener Davis website. Interested businesses can fill out the certification checklist and hand deliver, mail, or email the completed checklist to:
City of Davis Public Works Department
1717 5th Street
Davis, CA 95616
In the interest of waste reduction, please do not fax your checklist. Questions about filling out the form can be directed to the City of Davis Public Works Department (757-5686).
Certification as a Green Business Partner is good for one year. Re-certification each year is encouraged. When the time comes for re-certification, go to the Partners For a Greener Davis website, download the latest checklist, fill it out and submit it to the Public Works Department. We strongly encourage continuous improvement…so go for the gold!
For more information, contact the City of Davis Public Works Department at 757-5686, or visit the Partners for a Greener Davis web page.