In 2014, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the Government Operations Agency (Gov Ops) partnered  to offer a Lean 6-Sigma implementation program to  state departments that addresses process-based issues that are causing delays in services to both internal and external stakeholders.  Over a six month period, participants (Green Belts) receive training on complex analytical and statistical tools applied within Green Belt projects that identify waste and inefficiencies in processes.

This certification program is based on completing an actual problem impacting a department, from long lead times to onerous processes that impact efficiency. While classroom training is a valuable and necessary component, certification is gained through the completion of a project within the Green Belt’s department.  As a result, the participants have completed projects that have vastly improved the efficiency and operation of a number of processes within each department. The resulting improvements have a direct positive impact on governments’ interaction with the public.

How to Apply

GO-Biz has administered an interdepartmental Green Belt cohort each year since the 2014 pilot year, but beginning in 2019, the administration of future interdepartmental Green Belt cohorts will be fully under the CalHR Statewide Training Center, under the oversight of GovOps. To express interest in future cohorts, send an email to CalHR

Project Roles

Successful Green Belt projects require an engaged team. Each project has an Executive Sponsor, Project Champion, and Green Belt. The Executive Sponsors receive a one hour, high level training to cover the expectations of program participants and the important role of the Executive Sponsor in setting a tone that fosters change within the organization. Project Champions attend a one-day training with more in-depth instruction about the process and deliverables that the Green Belts will be expected to produce throughout the program. Champions work with the coaches to finalize a project scope and charter. Finally, Green Belts receive 10 days of classroom style training, along with formal mentoring and coaching throughout the phases of the program. Project Champions who attended a one-day training. Champions work with the coaches to finalize a project and identify a Green Belt trainee. Green Belts received 10 days of training and mentoring throughout the program.

Green Belt Candidates are top performing personnel who embrace the opportunity to drive transformational improvements in their areas of work. Green Belts demonstrate excellent leadership skills, technical abilities, and enthusiasm for making changes for the better.  The Green Belts are trained in the Lean Six Sigma tools; receive one-on-one mentoring from the trainer who is a Master Black Belt.

Project Champions are management staff that have the ability to mentor and support the Green Belts and the projects—typically they are the upper management who oversee the processes that are to be improved by the Green Belt project s.  The Champions should have the ability and position to remove barriers and communicate the Lean Six Sigma process and results to executives and other managers.

Executive Sponsors are members of the department’s executive team who serves as a point of contact for GO-Biz and are able to make decisions regarding their department’s training participation. Executive Sponsors along with project Champions and Project Green Belts routinely share updates with the department’s executive team on project status and progress.

Lean Six Sigma timeline

Green Belt Project Final Presentation

Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)

Government Operations Agency

Natural Resources Agency

CA Environmental Protection Agency

Air Resources Board

CA State Water Resources Control Board

Department of Pesticide Regulation

CA Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery

Department of Toxic Substances Control

CA Department of Food and Agriculture

Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Labor and Workforce Development Agency

State Transportation Agency

Health and Human Services Agency