As part of Boston’s Sustainable Business Leader Program, business owners in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville are learning and developing tactics to reduce their carbon footprint. This joint initiative by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston seeks to promote sustainable business by focusing on energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, pollution prevention, transportation, and sustainable management. In Boston alone, over 30 companies have participated in individualized 6 month programs to equip their businesses for a greener tomorrow.
Columbus, OH is another city joining with local businesses to promote energy efficiency and conservation. Through Get Green Columbus, the city is spearheading various green energy initiatives. Recently, Columbus’s mayor announced a $1 million Columbus Green Fund to help businesses with LEED certification and to promote green redevelopment of brownfield sites. In addition, the city’s GreenSpot program motivates local businesses to get green through recycling, water conservation, and energy audits. By enrolling, companies receive a GreenSpot decal to hang on their store front and promote their sustainable business.
To learn more about what other cities and states are doing check out business.gov for a full list of state and local business efficiency programs.