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In Plano, small to medium-sized businesses from offices to restaurants are making a positive impact on the environment such as reducing waste, using water and energy efficiently, avoiding using Styrofoam at restaurants and educating the public about green businesses as part of the city of Plano’s Green Business Certification (GBC)  program.


The GBC has initially offered certification to offices, retail outlets, restaurants, grocery stores and multifamily communities. As the program progresses, additional industry categories may be included in the certification process.


The (GBC) program is managed by the city’s Commercial Recycling Division. It verifies that businesses are upholding a commitment to conduct their daily practices to reduce the impact on our environment and focuses on a checklist of green operational practices designed for consumer businesses with walk-in clientele. The city intends to ensure certified businesses maintain environmental integrity and are authentic in their actions and results. Residents will be able to tell whether the business is considered green because of the decal that will be displayed in front of the establishment.


Not only do green business practices benefit the environment, they make good economic sense. Candidates for the GBC program must provide evidence of completion of specific green initiatives in the areas of general education, waste reduction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, pollution prevention and sustainable purchasing.


There is also an elective category of innovation for those businesses that wish to elevate their sustainability efforts. Some initiatives vary by industry, but all have core requirements which must be fulfilled for certification.


See map of certified Green Businesses at For more information, call 972-769-4393  or email



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