It’s April and Earth Day is Upon Us – Green Business in Philadelphia
Business leaders in Philadelphia have created “The Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program, (which is endorsed by the Penn Environmental Council and the PenJerDel Council).
Objectives of the Program include each member company located throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area making a public promise to create daily business practices that decrease their impact on the environment. It focuses on each company creating a checklist guiding office users to “green operational practices offices.
Companies are ranked based on the number of green practices it adopts, with levels of “Basic,” “Silver,” and “Gold.” Early adopters have already begun being recognized for leadership and are included in a network of other companies and their leaders of like minds for exchange of ideas (to learn and share).
Strategies are not just for in-office. Fuel management and strategies for reduction of fuel usage is high on the list of trucking companies and other companies with fleets of vehicles.
Office user green practices include:
1. Paper reduction through electronic billing
2. Recycling and using recycled products 3
. e-waste recycling
4. EPA-certified green lights (saving $10K per year in an office space of 20k sq. ft.
5. Separate metering
6. B2B – one green-friendly company doing business with another
The official Convention and Visitors Site for Philadelphia lists some of the major businesses going green. Top on the list is the PA Convention Center where Philadelphia hosts a broad range of business conventions, conferences, exhibitions and cultural events year round.
Concerned whether your company’s airline flying into Philadelphia International Airport is the most diligent about green practices? Check Green Travel Guide at Great Green Travel.
Once you’ve arrived, carpooling is a great way to contribute to going green on your business trip. Consider sharing a ride when you fly into Philadelphia. It not only saves thee environment but will save your company money.