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Here at the California Green Business Network, we are devoted to our business partners and are ecstatic to see the State of California continue to support businesses that choose to combat climate change by greening their operations. We are pleased to announce that CAGBN was awarded $4,750,000 in grant funding by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) on December 7, 2021. Over the next two years, these funds will be used to support sustainability and climate action for Certified Green Businesses, to help businesses recover from the pandemic, and to improve the equity and inclusivity of the CAGBN program. This grant is more than double previous funds received from the State, and will allow CAGBN to:
  • Provide cash incentives to help businesses operate more sustainably, be more resilient, and assist businesses with pandemic recovery. 
  • Expand into regions of the State not currently served by the network and into additional sectors, including farms.
  • Increase brand recognition so participating businesses witness an increase in their bottom line. 
  • Drive equity and build community by funding community-based organizations to help support traditionally underserved businesses.
This grant award is an amazing recognition of the efforts that all of you have undertaken to fight climate change. Congratulations, we look forward to working with you in 2022!

The FDA estimates that Americans waste between 30% and 40% of their food. Most of this food waste ends up in landfills, where it generates methane, a greenhouse gas that is up to 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. At the same time, 1 in 8 Americans struggle to put food on the table. These jarring statistics have spurred many of us into action to try and combat food waste. But where do you start? We know it can feel overwhelming, but here are some tips for lowering food waste in your business, home or place of work.
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The Innovator Tier is the highest level of certification that the California Green Business Network offers. Businesses who achieve this accomplishment go above and beyond to combat climate change by greening their business operations as much as possible, and receive additional advertising benefits and recognition from CAGBN for reaching Innovator level. Please welcome our new Innovators, and be sure to contact your local coordinator to find out how your business can be an Innovator too! 
Happy Girl Kitchen
Program: Monterey County

Happy Girl Kitchen provides a variety of locally grown organic preserves and food products, available online or at their Cafe. Jordan Champagne, the owner of Happy Girl Kitchen, is an author who released a fruit preserving book titled “It Starts with Fruit” last year.  “We are dedicated to simple, delicious and farm driven foods. Whether we are preserving produce for seasons to come in our cannery or serving whole foods in our cafe, our mission is to enrich the local food community. By hosting parties, recipe swaps, pop-up dinners and workshops, happy girl kitchen co. empowers people to get involved and learn about the importance of what's on their plate.”

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African American Art and Cultural Complex
Program: San Francisco

The AAACC provides space for Black creatives and communities to learn, gather, and present, while being a place for all to experience the brilliance of Black art and culture.  They provide art classes as well as events to celebrate art and culture and cultivate community. They believe in conserving valuable resources and protecting the environment, and are committed to being a Green Business.

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The Wahine Project
Program: Monterey County

They are a global community that is working to reshape the landscape of equity in ocean recreation and stewardship. They increase access to ocean sports, help people build a relationship with the ocean, and form a community in five countries. Their headquarters is located in Sand City, where you can find eco-friendly retail items as well as wetsuits and surfboards!

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