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Recognizing Phoenix Businesses Dedicated to Sustainability

About the program

The City of Phoenix Green Business Leader Program recognizes and promotes businesses that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible manner through sustainable actions. Businesses receive many benefits to be a part of the program. 

The program also assists the city in reaching its eight overarching 2050 Environmental Sustainability goals.

Tips on reducing food waste from one of our Green Businesses


To be eligible for the Green Business program, your business must:

  • Be located within Phoenix city limits

  • Must achieve a minimum of 15 action items on the Green Business checklist

  • (If applicable) Provide the City of Phoenix with quarterly metrics on the percentage of waste your business is diverting from the landfill 

Join the 100+ Green Businesses in Phoenix!​​

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How to apply

1. Download the Green Business checklist and mark off what actions your business is doing.

2. Submit your completed Green Business checklist.

3. A Zero Waste team member will reach out and schedule a brief walk-through at your business to confirm all of your checked items.

4. If all prerequisites are met, then your business will become a Phoenix Green Business!

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 Map of Green Businesses


The program has three levels of certification. Businesses achieve higher certifications by achieving more sustainable actions. Higher certifications also have more benefits. 

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Green Business spotlight

HDR, Inc.​

​​​A group of HDR employees posing for a photo during the 2023 Earth Day clean-up at the Phon D. Sutton Recreation Area.HDR Inc. specializes in architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services. As an employee-owned firm, HDR drives sustainability within its own organization and through the execution of clients' infrastructure projects. HDR has over 25 years of sustainability leadership with more than 600 accredited sustainability professionals working on client projects. Certified Platinum since November 2021, HDR Inc. has incorporated sustainability into the framework of the organization. To learn more about HDR Inc. and their sustainability efforts, please visit their website.​An info​​​​​​​

​​​​​This spot is reserved for businesses certified as Gold or Platinum. This could be you! Strive for more than 25 sustainable actions to achieve Gold Certification, and more than 40 actions for Platinum Certification. 

Water efficiency check-ups

As an added benefit to the Green Business program, the Phoenix Water Department provides free water efficiency check-ups, to help identify potential water conservation opportunities in the workplace. Check out the Water Department's water smart tip sheets.

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