Good for the Environment = Good for Business in Montana

What do a big box-retailer, a coffee house, and an automotive shop in Montana’s beautiful capital city have in common?  The Tri-County Green Business Program.

The Tri-County Green Business Program is an innovative effort that helps local businesses roll up their sleeves and take on energy and water -efficiency projects in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. Aided by a $300,000 EPA Climate Community Showcase grant, the green business program got off the ground just two years ago. Since then, it has taken on a life of its own, providing expertise and grants to area businesses. To date, the program has funded over 150 projects and has certified 13 businesses as green leaders.

The Climate Showcase Communities Program is a great example of our efforts to help real people make a real difference in their community. The program helps local governments work directly with businesses and residents to implement greenhouse gas reduction projects. Today, 50 Climate Showcase Communities across the United States are reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions — and saving money. These include projects related to renewable energy, residential and commercial energy efficiency, waste management, transportation, and land use.

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