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The Green Business Standards presented below define what a business or public organization must achieve to be certified “green.”

There is great flexibility in how the standards can be achieved. The Green Business Program Checklists provide additional information and suggested implementation measures. Measures previously implemented will be considered towards achievement of standards. Participants can request alternatives or exemptions for measures which are not feasible for their company.

Compliance Plus

To be a green business, first bring your operations into compliance with all environmental regulations. Then go beyond compliance to meet the general practices and targeted resource conservation and pollution prevention measures which are summarized below.

General Practices

  1. Control water and energy usage and solid and hazardous waste generation.
  2. Provide incentives or training opportunities to encourage management and employee participation.
  3. Inform your customers about your efforts to meet the Green Business Standards.
  4. Assist at least one other business in learning about the Green Business Program and encourage them to enroll.

Resource Conservation and Pollution Prevention

Water Conservation

    1. Encourage waste water management
    2. Monitor and control usage of water to avoid waste

Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling

      1. Monitor materials usage to avoid waste
      2. Implement solid waste reduction and recycling measures:
        • Reduce waste
        • Sort waste according to types biodegradable, and recyclables
        • Reuse materials
        • Provide containers at convenient locations and recycle cardboard, newspapers, office/mixed papers, glass, metal/cans, plastics and e-waste.

Energy Conservation

      1. Conduct regular maintenance on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration systems.
      2. Save energy by installation/use of more energy-efficient lighting system.

Pollution Prevention

      1. Conduct assessment of your facility to identify ways to prevent pollution.
      2. Check labels for cleaning products, building maintenance and other materials and seek safer alternatives.
      3. Properly store and recycle or dispose of all hazardous wastes.
      4. Implement pollution prevention measures

Guidelines to becoming a Green Business by business type

 

The Green Business Program recognizes businesses, companies or organizations that have taken steps to drive toward greening their business by maximizing waste and pollution control towards a zero waste regime. This program also offers participants the tools and resources that will help them successfully achieve their green business objectives, recycling and waste reduction goals. Participants can use this in promoting their business successes to their host communities, employees, and customers.

A Green Business...

  • Is recognized as an environmental leader in landfill diversion, waste reduction by demonstrating commitment to ensuring valuable resources go to the highest and best use, and environmental sustainability (#reduce #reuse #recycle #recover #repurpose waste)
  • Imbibes environmentally friendly cultures and policies
  • Improves employee morale, health and productivity
  • Holds a marketing edge over the competition
  • Earn financial returns and social benefits from proper waste management

Green Businesses receive recognition through:

  • Chanja Datti Green Business Award in partnership with the Environmental Agency
  • Press coverage, promotional events and special recognition
  • Window decals, certificates and promotional materials for your business
  • Green Business logo to use in your advertising
  • Promotion on the Green Business Program page at Chanja Datti Ltd

Goals of the program

The 3E model below serves as the primary goals of the Green Business Programme:

  • Equip companies and organizations with knowledge that materials generated in the course of manufacturing and normal business are resources that can be put to a much higher and better use than landfilling and combustion. And that those materials only become “waste” when the generator cannot identify other beneficial use for that the waste stream.
  • Encourage participating companies and organizations to acquire tools that will aid in achieving their business greening objectives.
  • Esteem/Emblazon companies or organizations making strides to reduce the environmental impact of their businesses. This means ensuring the return of all excess material resources to re-manufacturing cycle, or maximizing energy recovery value when mechanical recycling is not viable.

Get recognized for being Green— sign up to become a Green Business today!

Comply with environmental regulations

This is not a program that requires independent, third¬-party verification for participation. The underlying goal is to incentivize companies to move to adopt best practices without being onerous. However, there are requirements around demonstration of the activities needed to achieve and sustain success in the pursuit of Green Business objectives.

  • Chanja Datti and partners will provide technical assistance, if needed, and verify that your business complies with applicable environmental regulations.
  • Forward quarterly report of level of compliance with environmental regulations
  • A first verification, decal will be issued to promote business, while renewal will be done after each subsequent verification process.
  • We hope that all participants will be honest and forthcoming with the information they are providing to meet qualification and verification requirements.
  • There will be no independent, third¬-party audit of your facility or company to qualify, companies should recognize that by taking advantage of the use of the decal to denote their activities in the pursuit of the Green Business objectives, they open themselves up to customer inquiries about their efforts at greening their business and all companies should be prepared to answer these questions
  • Facilities that put the principles of the modules into practice will have no problem demonstrating their efforts. If a facility is using the decal under false pretenses, it does open a company up to accusations of greenwashing, which can be damaging to a brand and result in the revoking of use of the decal.

*Conserve resources *Prevent pollution *Reduce waste

Use our Green Business checklist to select and record what you are doing to green your operations. Some actions businesses take include:

  • buying only recycled materials
  • cleaning with less toxic products
  • using efficient lighting systems
  • reducing waste in production

Questions?

Contact us to learn more about the Green Business Standards, and what it takes to become a Green Business. Businesses can receive advice and technical assistance at no cost from our personnel.