November 20, 2009 (Greensboro, NC) – The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Institute for Sustainable Development to become the first North Carolina Triad area organization to offer Green Plus. The Institute is a partnership of chambers of commerce and universities to help small business owners become more competitive through sustainable practices.
Green PlusTM combines online tools with advice from other businesses and higher education partners to help organizations develop triple bottom line practices by assessing their business performance as well as their environmental and community stewardship. The program helps businesses evaluate their approach to energy, water management, transportation, waste reduction, and even assesses an organization’s accounting, human resources, planning, and reporting processes in its quest to create a sustainability plan and ultimately, a significant cost savings for the company.
The Green PlusTM program is growing nationwide, expected to be adopted by 22 chambers of commerce in the U.S. by early 2010. Green Plus is the official sustainability program of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for small and medium sized enterprises. The Greensboro Chamber will begin piloting the Green PlusTM program with 3-5 member companies throughout the rest of the fourth quarter of 2009 and is planning a public launch of the certification program in early 2010.
Bedford, Ohio based Taylor Companies recently began the Green PlusTM program. CEO Jeff Baldasari said, “We believe that Green PlusTM adds value to our Company in three areas. First it has opened our eyes to new sustainable practices that we had not previously considered. Second, it has motivated our company to achieve additional sustainable practices that we are not currently employing. Finally, Green PlusTM lends an objective standard to the field of sustainability and by doing so, credible practices are recognized and green washing is not accepted,” Baldasari concluded.
“Ultimately, Green PlusTM is about competitiveness,” commented Greensboro Chamber President, Rob Clapper. “We are excited about partnering with the Institute for Sustainable Development to extend Green PlusTM to our members because this program breaks down the process of implementing sustainable practices for businesses of all sizes and ultimately makes them less wasteful, more focused, and much more profitable. We felt this new program was a vital tool to offer members in a time when every business is trying to increase efficiency while cultivating environmental sustainability. I can’t think of a more valuable program for Greensboro companies to employ.”
The Greensboro Chamber is currently looking for companies representing a variety of industry sectors to begin the Green Plus certification process. If interested, contact Stephanie Ashton at the Greensboro Chamber at 336-387-8316.
The Chamber of Commerce is Greensboro’s premiere business association, working to build a vibrant economy one business at a time through a comprehensive entrepreneurial strategy, unique educational programs, leadership training, and opportunities to network with key business leaders. The Chamber is a member of the Greensboro Partnership, united with Greensboro Economic Development Alliance and Action Greensboro to create a growing economy and vibrant quality of life. To learn more about the Chamber and its activities in the community visit www.greensborochamber.com.