Challenge Encourages the Green Efforts of Small Business
June 06, 2012
Edmonton small businesses committed to reducing the environmental impact of their day-to-day operations will have a chance to be recognized for their achievements during the 2012 Edmonton Small Business Eco Challenge.
The challenge, now in its second year, encourages small businesses (100 employees or less) within the city to make more environmentally responsible choices in their operations. The challenge is an opportunity for businesses to share their environmental practices and inspire others to improve their environmental performance.
The challenge runs from June 6 to September 28, 2012. This provides time for small businesses that haven’t already made green choices to take action to improve their environmental footprint and qualify for the challenge.
As part of the challenge, businesses report on actions they take to improve their environmental performance in any or all of 6 challenge areas:
- Energy and Climate Change
- Food Security
- Solid Waste
- Healthy Ecosystems – Land
- Healthy Ecosystems – Water
- Healthy Ecosystems – Air
The Eco Challenge website provides steps businesses can take to green up their operations. Small businesses can enter the challenge through the online application form. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and winners will be announced during Small Business/Waste Reduction Week, October 15-21, 2012.
Three prizes will be awarded at the end of the challenge, including cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place. Edmonton small businesses and social enterprises can enter the challenge in one of 3 categories; 1-10 employees, 11-50 employees and 51-100 employees.
For more information:
Mary-Ann ThurberCity of Edmonton