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Businesses Going Green For Earth Day

[ 0 ] Apr. 22, 2014 | SBO Editor
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Want to help your business on going green for Earth Day? The U.S Small Business Administration, the SBA, has plans in place to help you in going green for Earth Day. The SBA helps small businesses find solutions to make their operations run efficiently. That’s why this Earth Day and every day SBA encourages small businesses that this is the perfect time to consider going green for Earth Day and incorporate a green office environment. Whether it’s changing to a more energy efficient lighting system, implementing a recycling program, or considering eco-friendly machinery—all of these techniques help to conserve energy and save money. SBA also helps entrepreneurs and organizations build on green ideas and turn them into a successful business.

Taking an Idea and Going Green For Earth Day

Small business owner Carina Whitham of California took her passion for renewable energy and used SBA’s counseling services in going green for Earth Day to help start an executive search firm Whitham Group Executive Search. Today, Carina’s firm successfully recruits and places executives in the arenas of Solar, Wind, Biofuels, Biomass, Geothermal Energy and all other areas of renewables.
SBA also supports sustainability through initiatives such as the Regional Clusters Initiative—which combines a network of organizations and businesses in a geographic area that grow through increased collaboration, efficiency and innovation. SBA funded its initial clusters in collaboration with the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several other agencies.  Regional clusters such as Illinois Smart Grid, Clean Energy, and GreenMe are expanding thanks to the support from this initiative. Today, they are making their communities more sustainable and eco-conscious.
And for small business owners seeking to upgrade an existing facility with energy efficient upgrades or financing innovative eco-friendly tools–SBA.gov has a reference list of green financing and green certification options.

SBA Going Green For Earth Day Practices

SBA is also reinforcing going green for Earth Day practices throughout its office culture. The Agency’s priority goal for Fiscal Year 2014 was to increase paperless loan processing.  SBA succeeded with this goal and saw an increase in the use of paperless processing with both the 7(a) and 504 loan programs. The 7(a) program use increased from 72 percent to 90 percent and the 504 program use increased from 55 percent to 75 percent. Additionally, SBA is collaborating with the General Services Administration to ensure that SBA’s Headquarters and Field Offices are housed in facilities that are energy and water efficient and are maintained with non-toxic and recycled content products. SBA has also reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from employee commuting by nearly 15% since 2010 in part through the increased use of mass transit and telework. This year, SBA initiated an agency-wide toner and ink cartridge recycling program in partnership with the U.S. Postal Services.

Going Green For Earth Day and Thriving

Celebrate Earth Day today and everyday by adopting new environmentally sound practices for your business.  SBA is here to help you grow your business and succeed in your green efforts.  Visit our website or connect with our local offices and resource partners for your small business needs.

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