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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.

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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. 

Green Business Leader benefits

Green Business spotlight

Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Downtown Phoenix Inc. is a service-driven, future-focused non-profit organization working toward sustainable growth and building a stronger, more inclusive city core that generates positive perceptions, memorable experiences, and a sense of pride in Downtown. A certified platinum Green Business Leader since April 2021, Downtown Phoenix Inc. is a leader in connecting the community with valuable resources that improve the experiences and well-being of those who visit or call Downtown Phoenix home. This year, Downtown Phoenix Inc. hosted Zero Waste Ambassadors during the 2023 Super Bowl LXII activities that supported the City of Phoenix in exceeding its 92% zero waste diversion goal, making it the greenest Super Bowl in history! For more information about Downtown Phoenix Inc., please visit their website at []

​​​​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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