Case Studies

We work with many amazing local companies making the connection between economic and environmental sustainability. We also have the good fortune of employing talented student interns from UC Santa Barbara to work with businesses to develop case studies showcasing their impressive achievements.

The case studies below are a small sample of what our certified businesses have accomplished. We will continue to highlight additional businesses here. If you have a suggestion for a future case study, please let us know!

Green Business Case Study:  Luis OASIS Senior Center

Green Business Case Study: Luis OASIS Senior Center

The OASIS Senior Center in Orcutt is in constant use, hosting activities for over 700 of its members and serving as a meeting space for a number of community groups. With so much going on, utilities are a significant expense for OASIS. Since joining the Green Business Program, OASIS has seen a steady decrease in electricity, gas and water use per activity.
Green Business Case Study:  UCSB Dining Services

Green Business Case Study: UCSB Dining Services

UCSB Dining Services includes the four dining commons on campus. Many environmental initiatives were already underway when management decided to pursue Green Business Certification. The greatest monetary reduction for the dining commons came from the easy and low-hanging fruit of switching kitchen light fixtures from incandescent to LED or fluorescent bulbs. Ortega Dining Common was a leader in cost savings by reducing 48,546 kWh of electricity and saving $5,583 annually.
Green Business Case Study:  Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

Green Business Case Study: Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

First and foremost, Mike Hendrick, General Manager of the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is a businessman. When he signed up to participate in the Santa Barbara County Green Business Program, it was to save money. What he did not expect was how the program would change his mind about running a sustainable business, one that protects the planet, people, and profit.
Green Business Case Study:  The Towbes Group

Green Business Case Study: The Towbes Group

The Towbes Group has a motto – “do the right thing, even when no one is looking.” The company’s commitment to integrity, quality and sustainability has made it a leader in real estate investment, development and property management for over 50 years. After achieving certification from the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County in July of 2010, Towbes Development Project Manager Craig Minus hopes that the Santa Barbara community will be paying attention. He is especially proud of the internal changes that significantly reduced energy costs and minimized the company’s environmental footprint.

UCSB Community Affairs BoardThank you to UCSB’s Community Affairs Board for generous grant funds that allowed us to hire 5 UCSB student interns in 2015!