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Cool Green Biz

Cool Cities Partners with Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce to recognize Green Businesses

Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition and the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce are collaborating on a green business certification program for Chamber members who meet certain criteria. The name of the program is “Cool Green Biz”, signifying that “Green” is the new “Cool”, and that the Roanoke business community is on the program! The checklist for certification was developed by Cool Cities, and we are also responsible for evaluating the applications. The Chamber has program documents on their web site (Chamber Cool Green Biz page ). The certification process is open to all Chamber members. The Chamber will issue attractive window stickers for qualifying businesses, and give recognition to certified companies through their web site and publications.

Calculating your organization’s carbon footprint is a major step toward reducing your energy consumption and costs

This carbon footprint calculator is tailored to businesses: CLICK HERE TO OPEN OR SAVE THE EXCEL FILE

Roanoke’s Clean and Green Business Coalition Takes the Lead on Corporate Environmental Standards

CLICK HERE FOR “CARBON FOOTPRINT REDUCTION COMMITMENTS” (PDF File) a roadmap prepared by Breakell, Inc. General Contractors, and adopted by the Clean and Green Business Coalition.

How Does Your Business Stack Up?  Try the Cool Cities Green Business Checklist

If you’d like to rate your own business or organization, you can download the Cool Cities Green Business Checklist. This self-test document does not lead to any official certification (if you want that, we recommend you check out the Chamber of Commerce program above). The items on this checklist are nearly identical to those used in the Chamber program.

Read the statement, then answer “YES” if you’re in compliance, “NO” if you’re not. Those with highlighted background are considered to be the bare essentials – make sure you’re in compliance with these, then see how many more items you can answer “YES” to.

Under the “Recent” column, indicate if you have recently implemented this item (or if you are doing the checklist for a second time, if you implemented it since your last review). In the “Future” column, indicate those items you plan to implement. These last two columns are provided to help you track your progress toward more sustainable business practices.

This checklist is in two formats:

DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLIST IN EXCEL FORMAT

DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLIST IN PDF FORMAT

If you have any feedback about this tool, please let us hear about it. We will be updated and improving this as more businesses have evaluated themselves.  Email rvccc@comcast.net.

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