New Businesses Earn Green Plus Certification & Green Plus Mover Status


The Institute for Sustainable Development and Green Plus program has seen huge growth in the first half of 2012, adding four new Certified organizations and 17 new Movers to its network.

Much of this growth was due to the generosity of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, Duke Energy, and the Park Foundation, who provided funding for scholarships to businesses around North Carolina.  

With these new additions, Green Plus now has over 300 businesses and organizations in its network, 65 of which have earned Certification.  The Institute is delighted to have so many dedicated and enthusiastic new members as part of its network of businesses.  A list of the organizations to earn Certification and Mover status can be found below.

New Green Plus Certified Certified Organizations

  • Springleaf Strategies (Raleigh, NC) – A committed member of the Green Plus program since the program’s beginning, Springleaf Strategies provides consulting service that will allow businesses to properly market their sustainability efforts.  Springleaf Strategies recently moved into a LEED Gold Certified building in downtown Raleigh.
  • Triangle Ecycling (Durham, NC) – Run by sole proprietor Larry Herst, Triangle Ecycling works with local businesses to collect and recycle electronics and batteries.
  • Terra Nova Global Properties (Carrboro, NC) – Terra Nova is a real estate company that specializes in properties that are built with sustainability in mind.  In the two years Terra Nova has been part of the Green Plus program, it has worked hard to implement new practices, which has contributed to the organization earning Certification
  • Pam Herndon State Farm Insurance (Chapel Hill, NC) – Pam Herndon’s State Farm insurance office is the first State Farm office to become Green Plus Certified.  The office also recently moved into a new facility that allowed for it to install energy efficient appliances, lighting, and utilize the outside space more sustainably

New Green Plus Movers

  • Harrington Bank (Chapel Hill, NC) – Harrington Bank is the first bank in North Carolina to join the Green Plus program.  The bank’s Green Team has been instrumental in organizing and managing new sustainability practices that have been put in place in all of Harrington’s branches.
  • Keller Williams Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) – Keller Williams of Chapel Hill is the first Keller Williams branch to become part of the Green Plus program.  Keller Williams has been very enthusiastic about its participation in Green Plus, and has set ambitious goals for itself as it moves through the program. 
  • Company Shops Market (Burlington, NC) – A food co-op based in Burlington, Company Shops joined the Green Plus program through a partnership with a business leadership class at Elon University.  The class is assisting Company Shops in improving its triple bottom line sustainability.
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (Winston-Salem, NC) – Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is a philanthropic organization that has assisted Green Plus in the past in its program development.  The foundation focuses on supporting communities improve its social and economic development.
  • Vann and Sheridan Attorneys at Law (Raleigh, NC) – Active in the Raleigh community, Vann & Sheridan Attorneys at Law hopes that in addition to business improvement, encouraging sustainability through its business practices and around the office can motivate its employees to bring green practices home. 
  • Coastal Plain Conservation Nursery (Edenton, NC) – Coastal Plain Conservation Nursery grows native plants for use in landscaping and retention areas.  Each of its greenhouse facilities are specially designed to maintain optimal conditions for the types of plants they house, ensuring that when plants are used in landscaping, they are already healthy and can quickly adapt to weather conditions. 
  • Carolina National Insurance Agency (Chapel Hill, NC) – As one of the recipients of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce scholarships, Carolina National Insurance Agency is a small organization that is dedicated to making its daily practices sustainable, particularly making its office environment as paperless as possible. 
  • Dispute Settlement Center (Carrboro, NC) – A nonprofit specializing in mediation and conflict resolution, the Dispute Settlement Center of Orange County works to make a positive social impact throughout its community, and hopes that the Green Plus program can help it reach a broader audience.
  • Roving Coach (Clayton, NC) – Roving Coach is a personalized business coaching service that works with organizations to improve employee engagement and “world peace in the workplace.”  Roving Coach has been very enthusiastic and motivated about its involvement in the Green Plus program. 
  • Generations Community Credit Union (Durham, NC) – Generations Community Credit Union has branches located all throughout North Carolina, but focuses on improving the economic development and financial stability particularly in under-served communities.  
  • Albemarle Home Energy Audits (Hertford, NC) – Albemarle Home Energy Audits is a recipient of a Green Plus Scholarship made possible by the Park Foundation.  The business promotes and encourages energy efficiency in all of its projects, and owner Ron Koppel gives presentations on potential home energy savings to local groups and organizations.
  • Top of the Hill Distillery (Chapel Hill, NC) – Part of the famous Top of the Hill Brewery in downtown Chapel Hill, the distillery will continue the brewery’s commitment to using local and natural ingredients to distill high quality sprits.
  • Red Dot Construction (Pittsboro, NC) – Owned by sole proprietor Britt Keele, Red Dot Construction works with architects in the planning process of construction to ensure the most efficient use of building materials, resulting in less construction waste and saving money on materials.
  • Whole Foods Market – Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) – The first Whole Foods Market in the country to join the Green Plus program, the Chapel Hill store is already committed to providing healthy, organic, and local products to the community, and hopes to be the first Whole Foods to earn Green Plus Certification.
  • Fifth Season Design (Carrboro, NC) – Fifth Season Design is an interior plantscaping service that designs building interiors with potted plants and flowers.  The company is committed to the reduction of greenhouse gases, energy use, and post-consumer waste, and supports growers and suppliers who hold the same values and practices.  
  • Wilmington Chamber of Commerce (Wilmington, NC) – The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce is the latest Chamber to become a Green Plus Partner, and has shown great interest in setting an example to all businesses in Wilmington by becoming a leader of sustainability in North Carolina.
  • North Carolina High School Athletic Association (Chapel Hill, NC) – the NCHSAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging success in student athletes in high schools across North Carolina, through scholarship, leadership, and sportsmanship.

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