As part of efforts to make the Green Business program more accessible to today’s businesses, the Department of Environmental Protection recently streamlined its original office application by reducing the checklist of actions by more than half, focusing on those actions that have the greatest impact. Click here to view the new application.
While the new application is more user-friendly and accessible, it raises the bar for certification by including more substantive and comprehensive actions, including the requirement for a Continuous Improvement Plan. The plan, which must include three year goals and sustainability metrics, enables businesses to map out future strategies for increasing their commitment to sustainability.
The website has been updated to be mobile responsive with easier navigation and simplified directions. More importantly, it contains a number of new resources, including “How To Guides” related to Creating a Green Team, Developing Sustainability Policies, Green Purchasing, and Continuous Improvement and Measurement, and includes a menu of Sustainability Metrics businesses can use to track their progress. The website also contains information on the national third party certification programs that are now being recognized by the Green Business Certification Program, videos profiling green businesses and an expanded Green Business Directory.