With today’s consumers being more concerned about the environment than ever before, many green business alliances are cropping up across the globe to help give consumers what they want. By showcasing likeminded businesses, these green alliances help to steer consumers toward businesses that they can trust and support—businesses that support a more sustainable global economy.
But it’s not just consumers who are concerned with the environment. Likewise, many business owners are concerned with being environmentally friendly, whether that means using cleaner energies, going paperless, or incorporating other sustainable daily practices.
In this post, I’m going to highlight four organizations that are helping the businesses in their states to become cleaner and greener.
1. California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy
Led by Director Susan Frank, the former President and CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, this group’s environmental focuses are 3-fold:
- Cleaner energy
- Dependence on petroleum
- The effects of climate change
Membership is free. Supporters of the alliance are kept up to date with news and events through the distribution of their monthly e-newsletter.
2. Utah Green Business Alliance
Since its inception in 2011, the Utah Green Business Alliance (UGBA) has focused on promoting small businesses that are doing their part to increase the sustainability of our planet.
Their website showcases green Utah businesses, within the following categories: real estate, construction, HVAC, lawn care, pest control, plant nurseries, mortgages, and home energy services.
Member businesses pay an annual fee to be promoted by the UGBA.
3. Voice for Oregon Innovation and Sustainability
The Voice for Oregon Innovation & Sustainability (VOIS) has a broad-reaching vision of change. This organization believes in the power of businesses to bring about social transformation. They support and educate businesses on how to become more sustainable in their practices, thus creating a more sustainable economy within their geographic location and beyond.
Members of VOIS include students, individuals, and businesses. Benefits of joining VOIS include access to information, training opportunities, free admission to monthly events, discounted rates for seminars and other events, marketing opportunities, access to policy makers, and more.
4. Illinois Green Business Association
The Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA) focuses its efforts on helping Illinois businesses become more green. In partnership with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), this association offers a certification program which certifies that participating businesses are working towards increasing their efficiency and savings while decreasing their waste.
One of the largest green organizations on the North American continent, IGBA has worked with over 80 companies throughout the state, and GreenBiz.com has ranked its certification the #2 most trustworthy certification of its kind in the United States.
Businesses that become involved in this organization are granted access to a wide range of experts who can help them improve their business practices.
If you’re interested in green-ifying your business or in supporting businesses who are environmentally conscious, you’re not alone. Check to see if your state offers an alliance like the ones featured above. If so, the alliance can help point you in the right direction, offering things such as certifications, discounts, networking, training, and more.
In some cases, these organizations are aimed specifically toward the consumer, helping the green-conscious consumer to identify environmentally-friendly businesses in his or her area.
Why wait to become more green? These organizations prove that incorporating sustainability practices can benefit your business in more ways than one. In addition to making our planet a better place to live, it can also save your business money and make your green-minded customers happier at the same time.