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Frequently Asked Questions

Austin Green Business Leaders

Are there prerequisites?

Yes, participants must complete at least one action per section.

Can I write in green actions that are not in the scorecard?

Yes. Each section has areas to share innovative green practices that are not covered elsewhere.

How do you verify the actions are completed? Is there a site visit?

Once we receive your completed scorecard, City staff will come to your location to review supporting documentation.

How much does the program cost?

The program is free to join. Simply download the scorecard, get to work on the actions, and report back to us with your success.

Is the information I provide subject to an Open Records request?

Yes – so please DO NOT send any documentation to the City with your scorecard to prevent this from happening. City staff will come to your location to verify the actions documented on the scorecard are accurate.

What is a green business?

Green business means operating in a way that protects the environment, enhances the community, and maintains a healthy workplace.

What is the Austin Green Business Leaders program?

The Austin Green Business Leaders program was created by the City of Austin to support Austin businesses and their pursuit of sustainability. Whether you’re an established green business or just getting started, the Green Business Leaders program can help you protect the environment, save money, and make Austin a more livable place. Businesses that excel in the program are formally recognized as Silver, Gold, or Platinum Green Business Leaders—which can give you a competitive edge with customers.

What type of businesses can join?

Any legitimate business can join Austin Green Business Leaders. Businesses in the program currently range from small home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies that span a variety of types such as:

  • Retail
  • Groceries/Markets
  • Restaurants
  • Banks/Financial Institutions
  • Hospitality
  • Houses of Worship
  • Manufacturing/Light industry/Warehouse

Bright Green Future School Grants

Are Bright Green Future Grants only available for AISD schools?

No, the program is open to all AISD and Austin area charter and private schools, as well as cities – such as Round Rock and Pflugerville – that utilize services through Austin Energy, Austin Water Utility, or Austin Resource Recovery. Unfortunately, home school classes are unable to apply for grant funding.

Are past Bright Green Future Grant recipients eligible to apply?

Yes, but only if the Office of Sustainability has received a completed Project Information Sheet for past projects. Contact Mary K. Priddy if you have any questions.

Can schools apply for multiple grants?

Yes! There is no limit to the number of Bright Green Future Grants each school may apply for, and your school could be awarded more than one grant per school year based on available funding and the number of applicants. A separate application form must be completed for each project submission.

Our school is interested in installing a rainwater cistern. What are our options for under $3K?

We get this question a lot! The folks at the Watershed Protection Department put together this handy materials and costs sheet to help you plan for this type of Bright Green Future Grant project.

What grade levels may apply for Bright Green Future Grant funding?

Preschools and grades K-12 may apply.

What is the dollar amount for each grant?

Each Bright Green Future Grant project may apply for up to $3,000.

When will Bright Green Future Grant applications be accepted?

Applications are accepted from August 15 to October 1 at 11:59 p.m.

When will recipients be notified, and when will funding be distributed?

Bright Green Future Grant recipients will be notified in November. Once the Office of Sustainability receives a current W-9 form from the school, checks will be processed and made available for pick-up.