Monthly Archives: August 2013

Aug
30
2013
Profile: Meet Amanda Komar, ISD's Managing Director

1) How long have you been with the Institute for Sustainable Development & Green Plus, and how did you start? In a full-time capacity, I’ve been with the Institute for almost two years.  I originally started as an Institute Green Plus Summer Fellow in June 2011 after I received my Master’s from …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Aug
19
2013
Green Plus Launches Upgraded Business Profiles!

At Green Plus, our focus is promoting sustainable business practices by providing our members with training, recognition, and networking opportunities. Today, we’re excited to introduce upgraded profiles in our Green Business Directory to better share our members’ best practices with you, and to help them tell their sustainability stories.   …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Aug
15
2013
NCCI Holdings earns Recertification with Green Plus

Congratulations to NCCI Holdings on its recent Recertification with Green plus! NCCI, based in Boca Raton, FL, provides companies with objective insurance and compensation rates based on data analysis and research.  Being a sustainable organization itself is key to providing its services to other businesses.  It is currently undergoing a …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Aug
13
2013
Strata Solar earns Green Plus Certification!

Congratulations to Strata Solar for earning full Green Plus Certification! The solar panel manufacture based in Chapel Hill, NC, joins over 75 businesses around the country to earn Certification. A member of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, Strata Solar joined Green Plus through a 2012 scholarship provided by the …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Aug
9
2013
Triangle Companies Leading the Way to Sustainability

(From the News & Observer) “The Triangle’s green business climate has become very robust in the last five years,” said Chris Carmody, executive director of Green Plus, a certification program for small business in North Carolina. “At the grass-roots level, consumers and small businesses alike inherently want to do the right …

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We educate, motivate, and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’re here to offer tangible, practical tips and expertise in sustainability.
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Aug
7
2013
Fair Trade: History, Purpose, and Why You Should Support it

    Fair trade products, though still a tiny portion of the global food market, are nonetheless one of the fastest growing segments of the market. In 2005, about five million farmers participated in fair trade certification programs, and sales reach about $1.6 billion annually.[1] Though fair trade is growing, …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Aug
5
2013
Minimum Wage and Living Wages

What It Is The minimum wage in the US is the lowest hourly wage that an employee can legally be paid for his or her labor. As of August 2013, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Minimum wage is part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).[1] Many …

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Shannon recently completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of social and environmental justice movements in the twentieth-century American South. Before moving to North Carolina, Shannon...
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Aug
5
2013
New Podcast!  Sustainability and Employee Training at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

In our latest podcast, Green Plus Community Coordinator Amanda Komar had a chance to chat with Brian Grossman from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, one of the most popular brewers of craft beer in the country.  You can listen to the podcast here. In the podcast, Amanda and Brian talk about …

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