PictureCounty of Marin Sustainability Planner Dana Armanino. Courtesy image.

There are 51 Mill Valley businesses certified under the County of Marin’s Green Business program, including stalwarts like Acqua Hotel, Goodman Building Supply, Bank of Marin, Body Kinetics, Grilly’s, Mill Valley Car Wash, the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, Mill Valley Inn, Mill Valley Market, Mountain Home Inn, Proof Lab and WIGT Printing, among others.

Those business have garnered recognition for obtaining their green business certification, for which they’ve had to demonstrate their “continuous compliance with applicable environmental regulations, conserve energy, water, and other materials, implement sound environmental practices that prevent pollution and waste generation, and share environmentally responsible practices with other businesses in our community.”

But just as importantly, those businesses have gained access to money-saving opportunities to upgrade their buildings to be more energy-efficient, including cash rebates to help defray the cost of installing energy-efficient lighting, refrigeration products and HVAC measures.

At the Mill Valley Chamber’s “Biz Essentials” seminar at 11am on March 21 at the Acqua Hotel, co-sponsored by the San Rafael and Tiburon chambers, business owners can find out how to get certified in the Marin Green Biz Program from County of Marin Sustainability Planner Dana Armanino. She’ll educate you on how to earn the designation, how the program has evolved since its creation in 2002 and a whole lot more.

City of Mill Valley Senior Planner Danielle Staude will also be on hand to update business owners on the City’s recent sustainability initiatives, as well as employee commute options and reimbursement plans.

The 411: The “Biz Essentials” seminar on the Green Business Program and sustainability efforts is on Monday, March 21, at 11am at the Acqua Hotel, 555 Redwood Hwy. in Mill Valley. Free for members of the Mill Valley, San Rafael or Tiburon chambers of commerce. $10 for non-members.

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