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Green Business Certification - P2Rx Wiki

Provides information about certifications that distinguishes small businesses that protect, preserve and sustain our environment.

Steps of Development to Certification

There are several different levels of being green. A company may develop one or more ‘green’ products but not necessarily be environmentally compliant or fully ‘green’. Before a company can become a green business, it must be essentially compliant with environmental regulations and then determine: what are the significant environmental impacts; what goals are important; how to reach those goals; and promote the successes.

(A) Measure and analyze Environmental Footprint

  • Conduct comprehensive ecological footprint assessment of business operations
  • Partner with companies that offer ecological footprint services
  • Identify risks and cost savings of sustainability improvements
  • Measuring an environmental footprint will set the foundation for determining the largest environmental concerns and the priority areas for developing an Environmental Management Plan.
  • Train a Certified Sustainability Officer who will prepare and implement a sustainability plan.
  • Work with a Certified Green Consultant who will offer guidance, conduct and audit, and prepare a sustainability plan.

(B) Create an Environmental Management Plan

  • Comply with environmental regulations
  • Establish an environmental policy and strategy for achieving sustainability
  • Adopt green business strategies that increase opportunities for profitability
  • Communicate environmental responsibilities to employees and creates training programs to ensure environmental responsibility

(C) Establish Sustainability Goals and set objectives to reduce environmental footprint

  • Determine strategic plan to reduce footprint by creating short and long term sustainability goals
  • Create specific objectives for sustainability that are measurable and recognizable
  • Determine method of reporting sustainability improvements and evaluate alternatives for future activities in sustainability

(D) Create Green Business Practices that:

  • Utilizes energy efficient methods of conducting business to reduce carbon footprint
  • Creates waste reduction practices and a water efficiency program
  • Builds a green workplace facility and purchases environmentally preferred products
  • Reduces or prevents pollution and creation of hazardous waste

(E) Create a Green Marketing Strategy that:

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