Lancaster Chamber Green Initiatives


Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and IndustryGo Green

Going green. Being environmentally responsible. Becoming eco-friendly. Reducing your carbon footprint. Regardless of how you describe it, it’s a national trend that can’t be ignored. And unlike most trends, our community’s commitment to living, working and playing while minimizing our impact on the environment is here to stay.

To that end, The Chamber is doing its part by making a commitment to connecting businesses to resources to help companies implement green thinking in their purchasing, day-to-day operations and employees’ lifestyles at work and in the community. Through this site, The Chamber provides an opportunity to learn from one another and share ideas. The Chamber is also embarking on a year-long process to become more environmentally sound as an organization ourselves and we’ll share what we learn along our journey.

The Chamber’s Sustainability Survey – To ensure Lancaster County remains economically vibrant, environmentally sound and community-focused, it requires members of the private sector to take action. The Chamber encouraged our investors to fill out a quick member survey regarding sustainability. The survey calculated what motivated them to take steps toward sustainability and assess how valuable they think incorporating sustainability into their brand is. [View summarized report of the survey]

Envirobeat Segments

Special news segments focused on green best practices in the areas of construction, agriculture, education and certification are airing curently on WITF-FM. The segments feature Chamber members who are making a difference in the community by being environmentally aware.

Green Best Practices

Learn from Lancaster Chamber member businesses as they share what they?re doing to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for Lancaster County.

1/21/09 Recycling by the Numbers

By: Barbara Baker, communications manager, LCSWMA
LCSWMA shares the important reasons businesses and households should recycle…
[view full article]

1/21/09 Greening the Private Sector and Broader Community

By: The Lancaster Chamber
Here’s what The Chamber is doing for you and the environment in 2009…[view full article]

8/08 Adding Green to Lancaster County One Roof at a Time

By: Kim Gibson, human resources and safety, National Novelty Bruch Company
National Novelty Bruch Company installed Lancaster’s first green roof…[view full article]

7/08 “Green” to the Core

By: Devon Martin, vice president of sales and dealer support, Signature Custom Cabinetry, Inc.
Signature Custom Cabinetry, Inc. incorporates green practices into its core values…
[view full article]

6/08 Preserving the Environment One Serving at a Time

By: Paul and Lloyd Hess, co-owners, Hess’s Barbecue Catering
Hess’s Barbecue Catering incorporates environmentally-friendly serving products into its operations…[view full article]

5/08 It Can Be Easy Being Green

By: James S. Baker, director of facilities management, Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Armstrong World Industries saves on bottom line by incorporating green practices in the workplace…[view full article]

4/08 Green Schools in Manheim Township District

By: Dr. Kevin Singer, former-superintendent, Manheim Township School District
Manheim Township School District implements green practices in its renovation projects…
[view full article]

Share Your Business’ Green Best Practice

We may feature your best practice on our Web site or in our monthly newsletter. Contact the communications department with your business’ best practices.

Green Resources

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is offering two sustainable energy courses beginning in March and April. These are free credit courses.

Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley – Educate yourself about our impact on air quality. Join the Share the Ride Challenge.

Commuter Services Group – Ride matching service for regional commuters.

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority – What’s recyclable where you live and work ?

Green Seal™ – Access for information on green certified products for your business and find out how to have your product or service certified.

ENERGY STAR – Looking for a builder, making business or home improvements, in the market for appliances? Consider the product’s ENERGY STAR rating before you buy.

The Green Building Council – For the business community and the community as a whole – learn about green building, sign up for related courses and workshops and certify your green building.

Freecycle™ – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Help keep those things you just don?t need anymore out of landfills.

Center of Excellence in Renewable Energy

Go Green Initiative – simple, comprehensive program designed to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses across the nation. Find information on how to publicize your program and learn the benefits of going green.

Northeast Recycling Council – Find tools and how-to guides to help you track the success of your green initiatives or begin a new plan.

Green in the News

4.20.09 – Green-Marketing Revolution Defies Economic Downturn

5.1.09 – PA Ranks Among Top U.S. Green-Power Buyers

5.6.09 – Racing to Build a Better Light Bulb

Go Green is Sponsored by:

PNC’s nationally recognized commitment to green business practices has enabled us to lower costs, increase efficiency and productivity as well as enhance the communities where people live, work and play. As an example, PNC has more buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council than any company on Earth. For more information on how PNC is ‘going green’ visit

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