About the program

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.


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

  • Reach a minimum of 15 points on the Green Business program application. Use this Green Business Matrix to see if you meet the program requirements.
  • Be located within city limits of Jersey City

At this moment we are not accepting new ecommerce applications.

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.

3 Easy Steps to Become a Certified Green Business

  1. Refer to the Green Business Matrix to assess what practices you have implemented thus far to meet the program requirements.
  2. Submit an online application.
  3. All Green Business Certification applications are reviewed and approved by the Jersey City Environmental Commission. Upon approval of certification, the Office of Sustainability will reach out to you. Certification will be good for a three-year period.




If you have questions about the application or would like more information regarding the program, please contact the Office of Sustainability at 201-547-4632 or at makeitgreen@jcnj.org.

Previous Green Small Business Award Winners


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

Food & Drink


Shopping & Retail


Health & Wellness


Other Services

A full-scale production fabrication company that delivers custom fabrication, experiential events, production design, and retail & interiors.

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 consulting agency that connects social causes and philanthropy to maximize their collective and cooperative impact for good and create increased positive change in the world.  

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

A design and architecture-oriented makerspace with an emphasis on reuse, repair, and mindful use of materials

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

  • The Playscape School

A licensed child care center that incorporates sustainable practices in our everyday activities, giving the children and families they serve a distinctively different, organic, fun and educational experience.

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