Step 9. Green Your Business

Solar Rebates and Tax Credits

To encourage more installations of solar power in San Francisco, the City has been offering incentives to San Francisco residents and businesses to install solar power on their properties. The incentive program, GoSolarSF, coupled with the California Solar Initiative, a rebate program sponsored by the State of California, and federal tax credits, could pay half the cost or more of a solar power system installed in San Francisco. If you have questions about GoSolarSF and how to apply for the program, email or call (415) 554-3289


Recycling Assistance

SF Environment offers free assistance to help property managers and business owners participate successfully in the programs and save money. This assistance includes multi-lingual training for staff and managers, container stickers, signs, and more.


SF Green Business Certification

The Department of the Environment has started the Green Business Certification program in order to help San Francisco businesses adopt environmental practices that are sustainable as well as profitable. We achieve our mission by setting stringent criteria, providing technical assistance, and publicly recognizing and promoting Green Businesses with a seal that enables customers to shop in keeping with their values.

There has never been a better time to go green! San Francisco Green Businesses:

Save money.
Green Businesses implement practices that lead to cost savings in energy, water, and garbage bills.

Improve employee wellness and productivity.
By using less toxic products, staff members benefit. And who in San Francisco doesn't want to work for a cutting edge environmentally-conscious firm?

Enjoy a marketing edge over the competition.
Customers increasingly want to patronize businesses that are doing their part for the environment. According to a recent survey of San Francisco Green Businesses, 42% reported an increase in business since receiving their recognition.

Receive recognition as environmental leaders by the City of San Francisco.
San Francisco Green Businesses are promoted on our websites, in our e-newsletters, in the press, in online and print advertising, at promotional events and mixers, and by displaying the window decal and program seal on marketing materials.

Conduct business according to their values.
For many San Francisco Green Businesses, greening their operations fits perfectly into their business model.

Join the growing Green Business Community.
The "green scene" is bigger than ever, so don't miss your chance to secure valuable business partnerships and gain recognition from the eco concious community.

Conserve valuable resources and protect the environment!
By becoming a green business, you can do your part to fight climate change by saving your valuable resource as well as nature's.

There are 6 steps in the process:

1. Submit application

2. Submit completed checklist

3. Phone consultation

4. Initial site visit

5. Onsite assessments to verify that San Francisco Green Business standards are being met

6. San Francisco Green Business recognition awarded and maintained



Go to the next step: Step 10. Get Industry-Specific Assistance From the City