Business Resources

You’ve started greening your business or organization using the Kern Green Checklist, but you could use some help with implementation. The Kern Green program is committed to helping you complete your certification. But we don’t want you to just stop there. We’ll continue to update the resources below, and if you know of something we should add, let us know!

Energy Efficiency

Southern California Gas Company company improvements through Advanced Meter.

PG&E Energy Audit – To get started developing a comprehensive energy management plan, use the on-line energy assessment tools at to identify options for saving energy and money at your facility.

PG&E rebates – To access the latest rebate information, catalogs and guidance for your next energy-efficiency upgrade.

Contact PG&E Business Customer Service Center at 1-800-468-4743 to speak to a representative who can help your business save money and energy through PG&E’s energy management programs.

PG&E Trade Pro Directory – If you are ready to get started with your next project and need the help of a contractor, find local vendors who participate in PG&E’s rebate programs.

PG&E Time-Varying Pricing – Beginning November 2012, Pacific Gas and Electric Company eligible small and medium businesses electric customers across California will be moving to a Time-Varying pricing plan call time-of-use as part of a statewide plan to ensure a better energy future and healthier environment.  PG&E wants to assist you in learning what your rate options are and ways to conserve electricity so you can benefit from Time-Varying pricing.

PG& E Peak Day Pricing – To learn more about Peak Day Pricing eligibility, electricity conservation or to enroll.  If you would like to speak to a PG&E representative on the Peak Day Pricing call PG&E at 1-800-987-4923.

PG&E Energy Efficiency Tips – For more energy efficiency tips and rebates. California Gas Company helps give your tips on how to improve your energy efficiency for your business.  Great rebates, incentives and tips to be more energy efficient.

PG&E’s Food Services Technology Center provides information on the most efficient appliances for restaurant and food service businesses.

PG&E Advanced Pumping Efficiency – The Advanced Pumping Efficiency program (APEP) is an educational and incentive program intended to improve overall pumping and efficiency and encourage energy efficiency conservation in California.


Air Quality

Cool California — provides a toolkit that has been developed to help small businesses save money and limit their environmental impact.

Air Resources Board — information about air quality and business assistance for reducing air pollution and helping small businesses.


Interactive Map of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

CA Air Resources Board’s Small Business Brochure

CA Air Small Business Workshop — focused on small business in California wanting to learn about strategies to reduce their climate impact and opportunities in the green economy with all presentations made available to view.

San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization — aims to build upon existing efforts and serve as a trusted resource on clean energy for San Joaquin Valley businesses, consumers, nonprofits and local governments.

Facts about Assembly Bill 32 — comprehensive program created to achieve real, quantifiable, cost-effective reductions of greenhouse gases.

CalRecycle’s Business and Industry Resources — CalRecycle interacts with California’s business community on several fronts, with programs and services geared toward a variety of business groups.

CalRecycle’s Revolving Loan Program — program to encourage California-based recycling businesses located within California to site new manufacturing facilities and expand existing operations.

California Green — information on renewable energy, green buildings, and buying green for state government agencies.

Office of Environmental Health Hazards — California’s official information on environmental health hazard assessment processes and environmental documents.

Green Business News and Support Programs

Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce — organization with the interests of business with government, promoting our community, create and support a strong local economy and provide networking opportunities for local businesses.

Business Environmental Alliance — connects businesses both with each other and with the resources they need to implement responsible environmental cost-cutting practices.

California’s Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC) — promotes local business success and enhancing environmental quality by providing a free technical resource center.

Environmental Protection Agency: Climate Change Actions for Businesses — provides examples of contributions businesses can make towards reducing U.S. emissions.

Environmental Protection Agency: Programs and Resources for the Pacific Southwest — news topics, links, and information specifically for the Pacific Southwest region.

Waste Wise — a free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment.

Ecology Action — non-profit that provides education and program implementation for initiatives that assist business, governments and individuals to maximize environmental quality and community well being.

Flex Your Power — California’s statewide energy efficiency marketing and outreach campaign with comprehensive online resources designed specifically for businesses. — source for news, opinion, environmental practices, and other resources on the greening of mainstream business.


Green Building

U.S. Green Building Council — information and resources to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, prosperous environment.

Sustainable Purchasing

Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide — can help green vendors and businesses with an index that provides green product, services, and buying information.

EcoLabels Guide

Waste Reduction and Recycling

2011 Kern County Recycling Guide

California Recycle Sustainable Building toolkit — created to assist and provide access to helpful information and documents on sustainable building.

Recycle Guide – lists thousands of products containing recycled materials as well as information about the manufacturers, distributors and re-processors of these products.

Recycle Store – Innovative recycled-content products made from California waste.

Calculate How Your Paper Choices Can Help the Environment and You

Is Your Office a Good Candidate for Composting?

How to Create a Culture that Ensures a Successful Recycling Program 

Solar Companies

Pure Energy Solar — Pure Energy Solar, established in 1988, is Kern County’s largest and most experienced solar company specializing in residential and commercial solar systems.

REC Solar, Inc.REC Solar, Inc. specializes in grid-tied solar electric design and installation, offering the latest technology, state of the art equipment, and financing opportunities for all commercial and residential customers.

Industry Specific

Food Services

Food Service Technology Center — resource for commercial food service energy efficiency information.