Community - Participation
Being green is good for business. Companies who want to prepare themselves to thrive in the future must be sensitive to the growing consumer demand for environmentally-responsible products and services, and willing to participate as full and active partners in the community's efforts to be green, including taking back and recycling products at the end of their useful lives.
The Green Chamber of Commerce is growing rapidly as a networking opportunity for green businesses.
The National Green Pages is a wonderful resource to help consumers find stores that promote environmentally-friendly purchasing.
Co-op America's Green Business Program provides the networks, resources, and technical assistance for socially and environmentally responsible businesses across the US.
Who's Doing It Right
The Green Business Partnership was developed by Sarasota County, Florida under a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Their application checklist provides a really outstanding blueprint for businesses that want to go green.
The San Mateo County Green Business Program is a model partnership between local governments, environmental agencies and utility companies. It assists, recognizes and promotes businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in an environmentally responsible way.
Grow NYC offers a Greenmarket Clothing collection to help decrease the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills. The material is either recycled into new clothes or the fibers are used in new products.