Green workplaces grow in Clark County

first_imgWhat: Clark County Green Business Program, a free business assistance and recognition program provided by Clark County’s Department of Environmental Services.Why: The program provides a framework for business leaders to evaluate their company’s environmental performance and assess and identify resource conservation and money-saving opportunities through workshops and networking events with other green businesses.Sign-up information: Clark County Green Business Program.A handful of Clark County businesses will celebrate corporate efforts to think green Thursday, a date more commonly associated with pink and red hearts.However, corporations that love the environment are adored and applauded any time of the year, said Bob Patterson, a sustainability specialist with Clark County’s Environmental Services Department, which will host the county’s first-ever Clark County Green Business Showcase. “It (practicing sustainable business) used to be a good idea,” he said. “Now, it’s more of a requirement.”About 200 people are expected at the 7:30 a.m. event at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Most are employed by the 17 local companies that have earned recognition as a Clark County Green Business for completing a program launched in 2011.The program started with 12 local businesses and grew to include 29 companies in 2012. And the county has already added a dozen more businesses this year that will find ways to reduce company waste and environmental impacts. The process — from the initial search for areas that need improvement, to working out a strategy and implementing a plan — is different for every company that signs up for the free program, Patterson said. “They identify that for themselves,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for them to take a look at the things they can do that they haven’t done before.”last_img read more

September 16, 2019 0