The National City Chamber of Commerce Green Business Program encourages and facilitates sustainable business practices in the city through education, outreach, networking, marketing, and advocacy. The aim is to increase sustainable business practices by Chamber members and foster a supportive environment for “green” businesses. The Chamber itself is increasingly becoming a one-stop resource for information, education, participation, and marketing tools to promote green businesses and sustainability.


  • Marketing edge over the competition. Promotion of your organization on our website and marketing materials.

  • Recognition as environmental leaders by the community.

  • Free Resource & Energy Business Evaluation (FREBE) - free on-site energy and water evaluation to save cost and reduce the carbon footprint of your business/ organization.

  • Giving back to our community by helping to develop sustainability locally.

  • Additional benefits with selected financial sponsorship (see application form below for more information)​.

  • Coalition building with other green businesses to mainstream the green economy.

  • Protecting the environment by conserving water, diverting waste from landfills, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


The only three reasons you need to apply to be a Green Business Program partner. It is the clearest way to show your community and customers that you care about sustainability. It shows them that you are committed to taking action to conserve resources and prevent pollution in both the facility and operations.


Sustainability requires constant effort and ongoing commitment to making operations more efficient, less wasteful and cleaner — and offers benefits for your business and the community. Whether you’re just getting started with sustainability or a long-term advocate, the San Diego Regional Green Business Network (SDRGBN) offers opportunities to engage in resources, workshops, events and community recognition programs designed to facilitate actions that improve the environment and boost economic growth.

The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $222 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers a safe and reliable wholesale water supply at an affordable cost to 24 retail water agencies, including cities, special districts and a military base.

Since 1967, family owned and operated EDCO has served the integrated waste and recycling needs of California communities. EDCO has developed an extensive network of Material Recovery Facilities, Construction and Demolition Processing Facilities, Commingled Recycling Processing Centers, Buyback Centers and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers that are collectively designed to maximize recovery efforts. As a pioneer who has consistently advanced recycling efforts, EDCO has long been recognized as an industry leader. In addition, EDCO is a very active member of the communities it serves and participates in numerous worthwhile efforts to enhance the quality of life in the region.

Started in February 2010, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center a 501(c) 3, is a garden and nutrition education center in National City, California, serving as an interactive, indoor-outdoor classroom for children and adults from around San Diego County.  Their purpose is to build healthy families and a healthy environment through science based environmental education lessons, hands-on gardening, and hands-on cooking for students and families from underserved communities.

The South Bay Energy Action Collaborative, or SoBEAC, was formed in 2012 to leverage the subregion’s unique resources and relationships to promote energy efficiency and other sustainable practices.  It is a joint effort between the Cities of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach , and Coronado, with funding support through the City of Chula Vista and SANDAG’S Local Government Partnerships with San Diego Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission.  One of SoBEAC’s main goals is to expand energy efficiency and green business outreach to the South Bay community.


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