The Edmond Green Business Certificate program is now available to guide and recognize businesses in becoming more sustainable.
“When businesses participate in sustainable initiatives it is mutually beneficial for them and the community in which they are located,” said Energy Services Analyst Nicole Koehn. “Not only do sustainable initiatives attract consumers but business owners can realize savings on overhead costs through their conservation efforts, all the while protecting valuable resources.”
This FREE and easy-to-understand program was created to help businesses form a partnership with their local municipality by providing the following to Edmond businesses:
- Self-audit consultation
- Official city audit which highlights what your business can do to improve efficiency
- Recognition on our city website
- Official framed certificate and window decal to show off your achievement
- Membership in the EGB Hive with other participating businesses
Several community members have already taken the initiative to join this program, including some city facilities. Among the participants are GOLD achievers Autoworks Japanese Car Specialist, Edmond Chamber of Commerce, Edmond Fire Station 2, and the Edmond Water Resources Facility.
For Sheryl Janis, Autoworks Japanese Car Specialist owner, the program affirmed efforts already in place and motivated her to continue those efforts.
“We wanted to see if we were as efficient as we were trying to be,” Janis said. “This program could help businesses see where they could save money and resources at their current location. For us, it was a good feeling that we had done some things right in our building process and keep doing what we can to be effective and efficient.”
When a business chooses to participate, they are assessed in the five categories of energy use, water use, waste minimization, ecological purchasing, and pollution prevention.
There are three checklists that businesses can choose from: Retail/Grocery, Automotive, and Restaurant.
The first step is to fill out the self-audit with the checklist that applies to you and submit it with your registration HERE.
“We are excited to highlight Edmond businesses participating in this program. We really look forward to the strong relationships we can grow with them and generally supporting them in our community,” Koehn said.
For more information on this program and to see EGB-certified Edmond businesses, visit Edmond Green Business Certification | Edmond, OK - Official Website (edmondok.gov).