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AB-2211 California Green Business Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/01/2018 10:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 30, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 02, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2211


Introduced by Assembly Member Limón

February 12, 2018


An act to add Section 12812.7 to the Government Code, and to amend Section 25244.17.2 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to climate change.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2211, as amended, Limón. California Green Business Program.
Existing law creates the California Environmental Protection Agency, consisting of various boards, offices, and departments, including the State Air Resources Board and the Department of Toxic Substances Control.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature.
This bill would establish the California Green Business Program within the California Environmental Protection Agency to provide support and assistance to green business certification programs operated by local governments that certify small- and medium-sized businesses that voluntarily adopt environmentally preferable business practices, including, but not limited to, increased energy efficiency, pollution prevention, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation, and waste reduction, as specified. The bill would repeal an existing authorization for the Department of Toxic Substances Control to create a similar program.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 12812.7 is added to the Government Code, to read:

12812.7.
 (a) The California Green Business Program is hereby established within the California Environmental Protection Agency to be administered by the Secretary for Environmental Protection. The program shall provide support and assistance to green business certification programs operated by local governments that certify small- and medium-sized businesses that voluntarily adopt environmentally preferable business practices, including, but not limited to, increased energy efficiency, pollution prevention, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation, and waste reduction.
(b) The California Green Business Program, established pursuant to subdivision (a), may do any of the following:
(1) Assist local governments in the development and implementation of guidelines and structures that establish and promote a level of consistency among green business certification programs throughout the state.
(2) Promote the early adoption of environmental initiatives at participating businesses and provide a publicly recognizable incentive for participating businesses to make their operations more sustainable and profitable in order to gain measurable environmental outcomes.
(3) Develop technical guidance on pollution prevention and greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures, conduct industry studies and pilot projects, establish metrics, and provide policy coordination for the green business certification programs operated by local governments.
(4) Develop tools, templates, and outreach campaigns on behalf of the green business certification programs operated by local governments to encourage business participation and public recognition of the certification as a reliable indicator of sustainability.
(5) Support, through staffing and contacts, the funding for on-the-ground professionals specializing in technical assistance for small- and medium-sized businesses seeking green business certification and for public involvement to recruit additional participating businesses.
(6) Provide for collaboration between the green business certification programs operated by local governments and state agencies that operate small business efficiency and economic development programs, including the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and the Department of Community Services and Development, and with the Public Utilities Commission, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, the Department of Water Resources, and the boards, offices, and departments within the California Environmental Protection Agency. The nature of the collaboration may include attempting to meet and measure state-mandated conservation efforts at small- and medium-sized businesses; developing methods to collect, measure, and report on environmental outcomes; and using green businesses as the early adopters of environmental initiatives that lead to greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
(7) Maintain and enhance a common network database integrating measurable pollution reductions and cost savings to businesses seeking green business certification through the local government programs and add participating businesses that receive the certification to a directory of certified green businesses that would be used to promote the certified businesses both to other businesses that are seeking to green their supply chain and to consumers seeking to support sustainable businesses.
(8) Position certified green businesses as supply-chain partners for state, national, and international companies seeking green supply-chain partners.
(9) Solicit the participation of additional local government programs and facilitate the startup of new local programs, including extra support and a specific prioritized focus on assistance for disadvantaged communities that lack local funding and resources to develop a program.
(10) Provide funding to local government programs for staff support and provide additional resources and funding for direct rebates and grants to certified green businesses.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25244.17.2 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

25244.17.2.
 (a) The department may provide pollution prevention training and resources to CUPAs, small business development corporations, business environmental assistance centers, and other regional and local government environmental programs so that they can provide technical assistance to businesses in identifying and applying methods of pollution prevention.
(b) The activities conducted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall emphasize activities necessary to implement Sections 25244.17 and 25244.17.1.