Hobie Shop :: Hobie Surf Shop Proudly Announces Their Earning of the First Green Business Certification in Laguna Beach.


Hobie Surf Shop proudly announces their earning of the first green business certification in Laguna Beach.

To be certified as a Green Business by The California Green Business Program, you must demonstrate that you take action to conserve resources and prevent pollution in both your facility (fixtures, lighting and maintenance) and your operations (purchasing and other practices). With this in mind, we at Hobie Laguna Beach have fully altered our lighting to 100% LED, greened up our cleaning and paper products, planted drought resistant native landscaping, cut water usage with the assistance of The Ecology Center, and banned single use plastic drinking cups. These additions, along with practices we already had in place at all our locations, made the certification process easy.

This year, in California alone, the program has saved 822,677 metric tons of CO2 with a total savings of $3,083,277. That’s the equivalent of planting 43,583 acres of urban trees a year for ten years. We are exceedingly excited to further implement the eco-friendly changes in all of our coastal locations. Hobie Surf Shop owners, Mark Christy & Jake Schwaner, are actively committed to the process and happily leading the charge for shopwide changes. Plans are already in place for our new San Clemente location to come straight out of the gate as Certified Green. Our goal is for our stores to really just do what is right and be places other small local business can come to and see ways to exist and thrive while being conscious of our shared environmental resource uses.

The California Green Business Program leads the state and nation in working with small to medium sized businesses to grow a vibrant and healthy green economy. Led by a coalition of cities and counties, they contribute to more livable communities with healthier environments, while also conserving resources and saving money. We are honored to be listed among 2,800 other businesses going above for the Earth.

Since 1954, when Hobie Alter opened the very first surf shop in Southern California, ours stores have stood for quality & innovation. Your experience is our priority. To see all the changes first hand, please head in to our Laguna Beach Hobie Surf Shop located at 294 Forrest Avenue Laguna Beach, Ca 92651. We love seeing you!

-Tracey Engelking


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