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Are Green Business More Likely to Attract Your Green?

2012 January 5

By Lina Younes

During the holidays, I was waiting in line at a major retailer. While waiting, I noticed that they had several displays near the cashiers highlighting the retailer’s commitment to protecting the environment. In fact, they prominently displayed their actions in favor of sustainability practices such as recycling/minimizing waste, energy efficiency, emission reduction, and encouraging environmental values. I was so impressed on seeing how committed the company was to reducing its carbon footprint nationwide that I visited its website to learn more about their green practices. I was pleased to see that the retailer had been recognized by EPA for achieving several milestones in the past years such as increasing the number of Energy Star certified stores, LEED-certified locations, using solar energy, increasing their water efficiency, and recycling efforts to name a few. The retailer was an active participant in several of EPA’s partnership programs such as Energy Star, EPA Green Power Partnership, EPA WasteWise, and EPA SmartWay Shipper.  They even noted how they encouraged their employees to volunteer in numerous environmental protection activities throughout the year. All this information made me look at the retailer with a new light. It was evident that the company was trying to do its best to be a good green corporate citizen. Have you encountered similar situations with companies you buy from or do business with? Do their green practices influence you in any way? We would love to know.

And on a similar note, while we’re discussing green business practices, there are many green activities we can engage in at a personal level. At the beginning of 2012, it’s not too late to make a new year resolution. So if you are interested in pledging to do something good for the environment, just visit our Pick5 website.  Join others in going green.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves as acting associate director for environmental education. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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  1. Auriberta Alves Do Nascimento Campos Silva permalink
    January 5, 2012

    È sempre com pesar que vejo dois Brasil. Um para a imprensa estrangeira e outro que representa a realidade.
    Não existe transparência e a Democracia é um arremedo perdida na mentira e na falta de cuidado com a população, na saúde, segurança, educação, plano de prevenção a desastres naturais, e, se falam como estou fazendo, a perseguição é certa, quando não pegam membros da família como já aconteceu comigo, com denúncia feita aí nos Direitos humanos. Aquí, somos apenas números nada mais
    Aí, nem se fala em Legislação. O nosso povo não tem voz. Escravos do sistema, apenas sofrem

  2. Lina-EPA permalink*
    January 5, 2012

    Estimada Sra Alves Do Nascimiento Campos Silva: Lamentablemente mi portugués no es muy bueno, pero puedo entender su mensaje. Todos deseamos tener un medio ambiente más sano y saludable. Independientemente del gobierno o la falta de legislación, todos podemos poner de nuestra parte para tomar acciones que beneficien nuestra salud y el medio ambiente. Parabens
    Lina Younes

  3. Deborah permalink
    January 8, 2012

    Yes, I definitely do read about company’s and their policy on environmental and local responsibilities. I will pay more for products that are brought to local stores in an eco-responsible way and try to support only american made and grown products. It is worth it.

  4. Lina-EPA permalink
    January 8, 2012

    Good to know. Thanks for providing your input.

  5. May 16, 2012

    More businesses should be using solar energy. It will save them money as well as being good for the environment.

    In the UK, solar panels installations are being offered for free. I thiink this is a great idea

  6. May 16, 2012

    Many people think going green is expensive, it’s not always the case.

    I’m a great believer in using natural resources to generate the power we need to run our lives.

    I don’t see many solar projects being utilised on the African continent or am I missing something? We keep donating year after year for food, is that all we are providing?

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