According to Roosevelt’s Sustainability Studies Blog, the NW suburb Hoffman Estates is starting a program for businesses that promote green practices this spring.
Beginning either this month or in June, businesses participating in the Green Business Recognition Program will be honored for conserve water or energy, using green materials, or otherwise behaving in a sustainable manner. This is being done so the firms’ efforts will save them money, reduce their carbon footprint and boost their customer base.
In exchange for participating in at least 35 percent of green actions on a checklist created by the village, a participating business can get a window decal to promote their efforts and be acknowledged on the village website and in its newsletter, said Ashley Monroe, assistant planner and green initiatives coordinator.
“The big deal these days is going green. It’s important to consumers as well,” Monroe said. “Initially … the concept was to bring in business. But we’ve also had requests from businesses about our green programs, and how they could save money. This (program) tackles a little bit of both.”
Monroe said she’s already received some applications and plans to start announcing which businesses are green in May or June. Businesses can apply any time and the village will regularly add those judged green, she said.
Any business operating in Hoffman Estates is eligible for the free program. To apply, or for more information, visit the program’s website or e-mail Monroe at firstname.lastname@example.org.