The North Carolina Coastal Federation became the latest organization to earn Green Plus Certification, joining the ranks of more than 75 businesses and organizations around the country to earn the distinction. It is also the first organization taking part in the Z. Smith Reynolds technical assistance program to earn Green Plus Certification.
Based in Newport on North Carolina’s coast, the Federation works to protect and preserve the coastlines and waterways throughout the state. As a sustainability-minded organization and one that works to better the environment, the Green Plus program was a natural fit for the Federation; implementing and improving sustainability practices was not only an easy process for them, but it was also an important step to fulfilling its own mission.
“It’s important for environmental groups especially to walk the sustainability talk. Green Plus Certification recognizes that the federation has policies and systems in the work place that conserve our resources,” says Rachael Carlyle, Director of Operations for the Federation. “Through the review we identified and implemented areas for improvement that will make the federation even more efficient.”
This year, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation joined in a partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Development to provide technical assistance to ten nonprofit organizations across North Carolina through the Green Plus program. The NC Coastal Federation is one of the nonprofits who received this support, and is the first of the ten to receive full Certification. Z. Smith Reynolds itself is also a Green Plus Certified organization.
As Carlyle concludes, “the certification process also reminded us that everyone can always do a little better.”
Congratulations to the North Carolina Coastal Federation!