FAQ

GBCCertification Process

How long does the certification process take?

How do we get started?

What is the fee for certification and how long is it valid?

Can we only apply for Blue Business Certification?

Is there an additional cost if we qualified for Blue Business Certification?

Do you do on site verification before the certification is approved?

How does the verification process work?

Do we get credit for environmental actions our business is already implementing?

What is Water Stewardship Blue Certification?

How do we apply for Blue Business Certification?

How is Green Business Certification different from LEED certification?

What types of businesses are eligible for certification?

Can a business submit an application for multiple facilities in the County?

What is an FTE?


How long does the certification process take?
The entire process, from the time you open the application to the time you receive your certification, could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.  First, your organization needs to complete the application and assemble any supporting materials.  Once the application is submitted, the Green Business Team will review the information.  After reviewing the application, you might be required to provide additional information, but once you have met all of the certification requirements, you'll receive an official certification notification within two weeks.  If you were selected for auditing, then the Green Business team will schedule a time for a mutually convenient onsite verification visit.

How do we get started?
We suggest you scroll briefly through this document to get a feel for the level of effort required to become a certified Green Business.  The application is designed to provide each business with the flexibility to pursue a wide variety of measures. The checklist can be saved, so you don't have to complete it all at once, and it can be shared with others in your organization. 

What is the fee for certification and how long is it valid?
The first time application is free!   Certification will be valid for two years.  Recertification is required every two years on your second year anniversary.  The fee for recertification is $50 for SMALL businesses (less than 25 FTEs) and $100 for LARGE businesses (25 or more FTEs).  This is based on the number of FTEs at all locations of your organization.  

Can we only apply for Blue Business Certification?
No. You must achieve the Green Business Certification to be considered for Blue Business Certification. 

Is there an additional cost if we qualified for Blue Business Certification?
No! Your exemplary Water stewardship will not increase your recertification fees

Do you do on site verification before the certification is approved?
5% of businesses will be randomly audited for compliance.  You will be contacted by our office if you were randomly chosen.  The auditing process might take place after the certification is approved, and the Green Business Certification decal is sent.  If after the site visit non compliance issues are noted; a grace period of six months will be given for compliance.  The certification will be withdrawn if the business does not comply within the grace period.

How does the verification process work?
If randomly chosen, the Dayton Regional Green 3 Green Business Certification Program staff will contact you to arrange a convenient time for an on-site verification visit. The on-site visit includes a visual review of your facility and a discussion with your staff involved in this effort. You are encouraged to think about what you would want to show the Program staff to demonstrate particular checklist item accomplishments. Documentation varies by action, but could include things like office products and signage, reports, correspondence, etc. While verification is central to ensuring the integrity of the DRG3 Green Business Certification Program, the onsite visit is designed to be collegial and helpful. The visit should not take long, although this is dependent upon the size and complexity of your organization.

Do we get credit for environmental actions our business is already implementing?
Yes! In fact, some businesses might qualify for certification based on their existing practices.

What is Water Stewardship Blue Certification?
If your business has exemplary water stewardship (complied with additional requirements from Water conservation), then your business might be eligible for Water Stewardship Blue Certification in addition to your Green Certification!  You will receive a decal after certification to showcase Water Stewardship in your business. 

How do we apply for Blue Business Certification?
You must comply with the additional requirements identified in the application for the Blue Business Certification (specifically for Water Conservation and Pollution Prevention sections). If you achieve the additional points required, you will be awarded a Blue/Green certification, and your decal will reflect that.

How is Green Business Certification different from LEED certification?
LEED certification focuses on buildings and their major systems while the Green Business Certification Program emphasizes the range of environmentally responsible actions a business can take in their day to day operations.  There is a small degree of overlap between the two certification programs. If your business has exemplary water stewardship (complied with additional requirements from Water conservation), then your business might be eligible for Water Stewardship Blue Certification in addition to your Green Certification!  You will receive a decal after certification to showcase Water Stewardship in your business. If your business has exemplary water stewardship (complied with additional requirements from Water conservation), then your business might be eligible for Water Stewardship Blue Certification in addition to your Green Certification!  You will receive a decal after certification to showcase Water Stewardship in your business. 

What types of businesses are eligible for certification?
Including office/retail/government businesses, many others are eligible for certification. Places such as non-profit organizations, houses of worship, schools, even home offices can become certified. 

Can a business submit an application for multiple facilities in the County?
Certification is by individual location. This could include an individual facility, a business park or campus with multiple buildings.  However, entities with more than one location (e.g. different branches of a bank) need to pursue certification for each location. 

What is an FTE?
This stands for Full Time Employee.  For example, a business might have one employee that works full time (1.0) and two employees that work half time (.5) for a total of 2 FTEs.