Growing Green Business in San Benito County

7 Sep

San Benito County is famous for fertile farmland, and now Green Business will be growing here too! Thanks in part to State funding, San Benito County’s Integrated Waste Management Regional Agency has revitalized the San Benito Green Business Program which includes the Cities of Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and unincorporated San Benito County.

The recently re-launched program is quickly gaining momentum with several local leaders already engaging in the certification process including Credo Studio and Jardines de San Juan in San Juan Bautista, and the San Benito County Arts Council, San Benito Chamber of Commerce, Jayleaf & Suprema and Fisher’s in Hollister. Marcus Edwards, Manager of Jardines de San Juan recently enrolled in the Green Business program because as he notes, “We feel our business will benefit in the long run by already having processes and procedures in place that may become mandatory in the future. Being able to achieve this at our own pace is smart business.”

Enrolling in the Green Business program helps identify areas where businesses could save money through conserving resources, can help identify rebates and other financial incentives to make upgrades, and connects businesses to the growing Green Business network with some 3,500+ businesses already certified throughout the State. Business owners choose to join the program for many reasons. As Marcus shares, “Jardines enrolled in the Green Business program as a way to ensure we are meeting our responsibility to the planet and as a resource to learn about new ways of doing so.”

Green Business Coordinator Hannah Francis has been working towards re-launching the program over the last year and is excited to help provide local businesses with the resources to reduce waste and increase efficiency. Joining Hannah is Green Business Specialist Celina Stotler, a Hollister native who is passionate about bringing a broader awareness of sustainable business practices to her community. Hannah and Celina are excited to help make the certification process efficient and seamless and as Marcus noted of his experience”The certification process has been relatively easy, we have always strived to reduce, reuse and recycle, and the Green Business program was a catalyst into moving operations into the direction of that in ways we had not yet thought of.” Please contact Hannah or Celina if you have any questions regarding the San Benito Green Business Program, or if there is a business you’d like to recommend for certification!

Hannah Francis

From left to right are: Jennifer Laine, Executive Director of San Benito County Arts Council, Celina Stotler, San Benito County Green Business Specialist, Hannah Francis, San Benito County Green Business Coordinator, Amanda Chiado, Programs Manager for San Benito County Arts Council.


Celina Stotler