SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -

Two organizations based at the Santa Cruz Harbor have been awarded "Green Business" certificates.

Green Business certification means that Save Our Shores and the Coastal Watershed Council are in compliance with regulatory agencies and go beyond when it comes torconserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste.

The certifications were incentivized through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County’s “Go Green” program for nonprofit organizations.

Save Our Shores created a complete environmental program for greening their space with policies that included asking employees to dress in warm clothes during the winter to keep heating to a minimum. The Coastal Watershed Council posted reminders around their workspace to help employees do the right thing including turning off lights when exiting a room.

There are currently 127 businesses that have been awarded the “Green Business” certificate by the city of Santa Cruz as part of the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program.