Free Workshop Helps Local Businesses Go Green

| November 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

As part of his Clean and Green City initiative, Mayor Joshua J. Cohen is proud to announce a free workshop that will help local businesses become part of the only known municipal environmental stewardship certification and verification program in the country.

The City’s Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP) will be holding its Annapolis Environmental Stewardship Certification Workshop, teaching environmental best management practices to businesses on Tuesday, November 29.

There are two time slots, one at 10 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. Both will be held in the City Council Chambers, located at 160 Duke of Gloucester Street. This workshop will educate business owners, managers and staff about how to make their businesses more environmentally friendly.

Under the program, businesses earn points from a checklist of categories including: serving local food; energy efficiency improvements; water conservation; environmental education efforts and more. One hundred out of nine hundred available points must be earned to qualify for the initial two-year certification.

After submitting their application to DNEP, they must meet with staff prior to being awarded certification. This gives DNEP staff an opportunity to suggest additional improvements and to verify their application.

Twenty Six businesses have already earned the Annapolis Environmental Stewardship Certification because they consistently show initiative to decrease their negative impact on the Chesapeake Bay and increase awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship.

The program is a partnership between the City of Annapolis, the Downtown Annapolis Partnership and the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

There are currently five Workbooks for businesses and organizations under the certification program: Restaurants, Automotive, Office/Retail, Lodging, and Schools/Places of Worship/Other Institutions. To download workbooks, visit: www.SustainableAnnapolis.com

Free technical assistance and resource referrals are a key part of the program. For more information contact Jeanna Beard, Environmental Program Coordinator at 410-263-7946.

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