How to Become a Be Green Business
More and more, customers are asking their landscapers and lawn and tree maintenance businesses about organic options. Signing up to be a Be Green Organic Yards NY business is one way you can demonstrate your commitment to organic practices.
Be Green businesses sign a Service Mark Agreement with the Department. Entering such an Agreement means the business is licensed to use DEC's Be Green service mark (logo) under the conditions in the Agreement.
Before signing the Agreement, businesses must successfully complete basic training from a Be Green course provider and agree to specific conditions, including prohibitions on specific pest management materials that cannot be used. This one day training is meant to introduce providers to the basic concepts of organic lawn care, and to make sure they understand the structure and prohibitions of the agreement. An individual business may consider that it needs more training before actually offering Be Green services, even after it has completed the minimum requirements.
Also, when Be Green businesses sign up clients for Be Green services, those businesses may not use prohibited products or practices on the client's property during the same calendar year. This will cover the whole growing season. As of January 1 of the following year, a business may sign clients up for a different kind of service without violating the Be Green Agreement. Businesses that use prohibited products or practices for a Be Green client will have their right to use the Be Green service mark terminated. Only businesses comfortable with their ability to deliver these services should therefore enter into such agreements.
DEC encourages businesses to participate in the Be Green program. Below are some resources to help you understand the program and what it would mean for your business. If you are interested in becoming a Be Green business, see the helpful instructions on how to apply for a Be Green agreement. The Service Mark Agreement and forms are available on this website. To view the full text of the Business Agreement and related instructions and forms see:
- Service Mark Agreement for Businesses in PDF (86.1 KB)
Service Mark Agreement for Businesses in Microsoft Word (1.07 MB)
- Confirmation of Completion of Basic Training Course and Exam in PDF (38.5 KB)
Confirmation of Completion of Basic Training Course and Exam in Microsoft Word (1.04 MB)
- Confirmation of Completion of Continuing Education in PDF (35.7 KB)
Confirmation of Completion of Continuing Education in Microsoft Word (1.04 MB)
Assistance for Businesses
To enter a service mark agreement, the business must first take a Be Green basic training course and pass the exam. The list of Be Green Course Providers will show which providers offer Be Green courses.
Find a Be Green Course Provider.
More about How to Become a Be Green Business:
- Questions and Answers for Be Green Businesses - Questions and Answers for Businesses interested in the Be Green program.
- Instructions for Businesses to Apply for a Be Green Service Mark License Agreement - Provides information on how to apply for a Business License Agreement.