Culver City Sustainable Business Certification Program (CCSBCP)
BALANCEDAPPROACH teamed up with Santa Monica-based Sustainable Works to co-create and manage an innovative Two-Tier Sustainable Business Certification program for the City of Culver City with custom-designed office, retail and restaurant checklists. The checklists include forming policies and implementing green building measures including energy and water conservation, renewable energy, waste reduction and pollution prevention; active, public and alternative transportation guidelines; and corporate social responsibility criteria.
BALANCEDAPPROACH associates work closely with participating businesses to assist them with the necessary progress to obtain certification, including on-site assessments, customized action plans with supportive resources, and as many follow up communications as necessary to ensure program criteria is met.
CCSBCP Strategic partners include SoCal Edison, SoCal Gas and Golden State Water, which generously providing participating businesses with free ultra-low flow toilets and valves, and LED lighting retrofits, as well as special rebates. Other key partners include the Culver City Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association.
Culver City Businesses that meet the first level criteria of the Certification Program become “Certified” while businesses that meet the second level criteria become a “Certified Innovator.” Certified Innovators are businesses that are exemplary employers and demonstrate innovative practices in environmental conservation, community engagement and social responsibility. In addition, all Culver City Certified Sustainable Businesses become members of the California Green Business Network (CAGBN).
This unique and impactful program is beneficial to participating businesses by conserving resources, saving on utility bills and increasing customer loyalty; for employees by creating a healthier workplace; and for the community at large by reducing greenhouse gases and other pollution in the local environment.
Highlights of Pilot Period (two years)
The BALANCEDAPPROACH and Sustainable Works Team certified thirty-two (32) businesses during the two-year pilot period, including ten restaurants, fifteen offices, and seven retail establishments. Thirteen (13) of the businesses achieved the “Certified Innovator” level.
- 2,415,340 = Estimated number of gallons of water saved annually - the equivalent of not filling 120 average-size (20,000 gallon) swimming pools each year.
- 148,923 = Estimated annual KWh saved from LED retrofits and other energy upgrades - the equivalent of removing 25 cars off the road.
- 58 = Estimated metric tons of Greenhouse Gas emissions avoided annually - the equivalent of planting 15 acres of trees.
- 23 = Estimated tons of solid waste diverted - the equivalent of diverting 3,000 bags of recyclable materials from the landfill every year.