Becoming Certified

Any organization that has a physical location within Montgomery County can become certified. We have a wonderful mix of large industrial businesses, small offices, schools and municipal departments within the Program. Your organization may have already untaken some sustainability measures, have goals in place or you might not know where or how to start. No matter what point you are at the Program is here to help and recognize your efforts as environmental stewards for our community.

Step 1: Submit Program application

Step 2:Attend training to learn about the challenges facing our community, recycling 101, energy efficiency tips and tricks, steps to preparing your environmental plan and how to set SMART goals. The trainings can be completed as in-person workshops (currently on hold), virtually (both live and pre-recorded) or one-on-one at your facility. Training is taught by the Program Manager and local environmental professionals.

Step 3: Work one-on-one with the Program Manager to determine a sustainability goal that you want to pursue. This will be specific to your organization and could be anything from removing Styrofoam in your breakroom to energizing your vehicle fleet. Don’t worry whatever goal you are interested in achieving we have the expertise to help.

Step 4: Track your progress toward you goal for a period of 6 months. By tracking your goal, you become familiar with identifying the benefits of sustainability and you demonstrate commitment to continuing to work toward future goals. If your organization has already completed sustainability initiatives prior to the Program your tracking time may be reduced.

Step 5: Complete the Green Certification Level Spreadsheet. The spreadsheet awards points for each sustainable practice you do. The amount of points you earn determine your certification level (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum). You can resubmit the spreadsheet every two years to obtain a higher level.

Step 6: BECOME CERTIFIED! The Program will hold a green ribbon cutting at your facility to celebrate your success. You will also receive a certification plaque and door stickers.

After you are certified, you are eligible to compete in the annual awards and the yearly UPCYCLE Challenge. Your organization will need to recertify every two years to stay current with your certification.