Montgomery County recently announced that it has broadened the standards for its Green Business Certification Program to include business sectors previously ineligible. They include restaurants, cleaning companies, hotels and home-based businesses.
The program will continue to certify businesses utilizing the applications developed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for office-based and landscaping companies, but will broaden the menu of certification standards available to businesses.
The announcement was made at an April 21st reception hosted by DEP and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s offices in Rockville. DEP and the Chamber are partners in the local Green Business Certification program.
Joining local officials County Executive Ike Leggett, DEP Director Lisa Feldt and County Councilmember Roger Berliner at the event was the Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles and Gigi Godwin, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
The press event featured a networking opportunity where new and old green businesses could mingle and meet local leaders.
Twenty-six local businesses were honored under the newly expanded program that now also recognizes businesses certified through other well-respected third party certification programs such as B Lab, Green America, the Green Restaurant Association and Green Seal.
“Businesses certified through B Lab, Green America, the Green Restaurant Association and Green Seal understand that aligning their values and business operations is both a responsibility and business opportunity,” said Leggett who applauded the efforts of these green business leaders. “We are grateful for the leadership of these environmental and business ambassadors.”
“It makes great sense to leverage nationally-recognized programs to engage a broader swath of our business community,” said Feldt. “Moreover, Program expansion will help the County advance its mutually reinforcing goals of enhancing economic vitality and environmental stewardship.”
Godwin is confident that the expanded program will accelerate the growth of green commerce. “This program expansion is a marketplace game changer. It will encourage green business-to-green business opportunities and stimulate momentum in corporate sustainability; proof that Montgomery County is a leader in the green economy.