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 Golden State Water and SoCal Edison which are generously providing participating businesses with free ultra-low flow toilets and valves, and LED lighting retrofits. 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 First Year Outcomes
Over fifty (50) businesses in various sectors registered their interest in participating in the program during the initial six months of program outreach. Given the ample hands-on assistance provided by BALANCEDAPPROACH, only ten businesses per year are required to become certified. The BALANCEDAPPROACH Team is currently on track for certifying twelve of the fifteen businesses assessed in year one, including five restaurants, five offices and three retail establishments. Six of the businesses are set to become “Certified Innovators” and the remaining seven businesses are Level One “Certified.”
- 1,598,514 = Estimated number of gallons of water saved annually from the installation of new ultra-low flow toilets and valves in year one of the CCSBCP program. This is the equivalent of not filling 80 average-size (20,000 gallon) swimming pools every year.
- 50,904 = Estimated annual KWh saved from LED retrofits.
- 37.9 = Estimated metric tons of Greenhouse Gas emissions avoided per year. This is the equivalent of not burning 41,448 lbs of coal annually.
- $30,866 = Estimated value of LED retrofits.
- $10,310 = Estimated annual savings.