Jersey City’s Green Business Certification Program recognizes businesses that incorporate sustainable practices. The program allows businesses to earn points for environmentally-friendly practices, such as using energy efficient lighting or composting, as well as measures like having bike racks and donating to local causes.

As of July 1st, 2019, participants must reach 15 points in order to be certified Jersey City Green Business at the Leaf Level. Additional levels will be announced in the future.

All Green Business Certification applications are reviewed and approved by the Jersey City Environmental Commission. Upon approval of certification, businesses will receive a decal to display in their window identifying them as a green business, recognition as a Certified Green Business on Jersey City’s Small Business Navigator (jcsmallbiz.com), and the opportunity to present in future green business networking events. Certification is good for 3 years from date of issue.

Interested businesses are also encouraged to register with the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry (NJSBDC) at http://registry.njsbdc.com. In addition to recognizing your efforts at a state level, registering your business with NJSBDC will make you eligible for free sustainability-consulting services on best practices for pollution prevention, waste reduction, and energy conservation.

Congratulations to the 2019 Green Small Business Award Winner!


Hazel Baby & Kids won this year’s Green Small Business Award. They are a family-owned stores that sells clothing and products for babies and children from sustainable, socially responsible brands.


Congratulations to last year’s winner of the Small Green Business Award — Bucket & Bay!

The following businesses have already been certified through the Jersey City program:

Food & Drink


Shopping & Retail


Health & Wellness


Other Services

A full-service urban landscape design and maintenance firm specializing in small urban spaces

A software development agency specializing in advertising, public relations, publishing, and media

A company that develops electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and public car sharing in urban cities and for municipalities

A digital design and online marketing firm specializing in client focused branding consultation, marketing strategy, creating and executing award winning online marketing and brand development

A firm offering expert consulting in conceptualizing and developing national policies and municipal strategies on disaster risk reduction and urban resilience