Author Archives: GREENUP

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WNC and greenUP! Announce New Green Business Program Partners

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WNC and greenUP! announce that three new partners have joined the Nevada Green Business Network including The City of Reno, The Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada Conservation League. They join greenUP!, Western Nevada College, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Incline Village General Improvement District, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Envirolution, GreenACTnv and GRN Vision. Combined, these agencies and organizations support businesses across the state in becoming certified in the Nevada Green Business Program.

The program utilizes the GreenBizTracker™ database to collect outcomes that measure the impact certified businesses are having toward resource conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection goals.  Through education, networking and collaboration, the Nevada Green Business Network will assist in finding new ways for businesses to be more efficient, healthy and attract new customers.

“Since the passage of the Pollution Prevention Act 30 years ago, industry, government and the public have been focused on reducing the amount of pollution through cost-effective changes in production, operation and raw materials use,” said greenUP! Board President Donna Walden. “WNC, greenUP! and the program partners of the Nevada Green Business Network are committed to helping Nevada make strides in becoming a leader in sustainability.”

“Western Nevada College welcomes our new partners who will contribute to the state’s climate action goals through pollution prevention and through implementation of best practices,” said Dr. Georgia White, director of Professional and Applied Technology at WNC. “We are most grateful to EPA who provided funding for the program and to our partners who will accelerate this important work and enhance environmental performance in Nevada.”

Ann Silver, CEO of the Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce said: “The Chamber is one of our community’s leading advocates for the transition to a clean energy economy. We are supporting the network by offering green business certification classes to educate our members on how to best implement business practices that can improve their bottom line.”

“The City of Reno is pleased to help promote the statewide green business program to Reno businesses,” said Suzanne Groneman, Sustainability Program Manager for the Reno City Manager’s Office. “Recognizing sustainable business leaders in our community complements the City’s environmental education and outreach efforts.”

“The pursuit of a healthier climate future is an undertaking that requires all hands-on-deck, including, and especially, the help of businesses — and today, we are excited to join a network of leaders who share this same vision,” said Verna Mandez, Deputy Director of the Nevada Conservation League. “As a partner, we look forward to expanding opportunities for Southern Nevada businesses to implement practices that help to protect the environment and employees and reduce costs, including energy efficiency, water conservation, waste diversion from landfills, and reducing hazardous materials.”

As a partner of the Nevada Green Business Network, the Nevada Conservation League will help identify green businesses in Southern Nevada that show interest in conservation & sustainability and provide them a platform to advocate for pro-conservation and business-friendly policies.

GreenBizTracker™ is a web-based and mobile tool that motivates businesses to make voluntary behavior and facility changes that net positive and measurable environmental outcomes. Easy-to-use resources and tools, as well as one-on-one assistance from program partners, are provided to the businesses to help them along the way. Once businesses are green certified and added to an online, searchable directory, the public can use to find and patronize these businesses. For more information on the Green Business Program and Network, visit NVGreenBusiness.org.


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greenUP! Plastic Free July Campaign 2021

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Meet Michelle Zhang. She’s greenUP!’s summer intern from Nueva High School in San Mateo, CA. Michelle designed this year’s Plastic Free July campaign for greenUP!

Each week Michelle will be taking on plastic-free July challenges and sharing her experience on greenUP!’s Facebook and Instagram.  We invite the public to take on Week 1 Challenges (below):

For more details.

 


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Recorded Webinar: Employees and Buildings – Office Spaces on the Move

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This webinar hosted by the Sustainable Building Coalition and Nevada Green Business Network addresses the practical challenges of a remote workforce. How do we continue to engage employees in sustainability practices? Are there ways that employees can reduce energy, water and waste from home? How do we keep enthusiasm alive for sustainability as a work community? Watch recorded webinar: https://vimeo.com/580451634 .


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greenUP! Hosts Metal Manufacturer & Finisher’s Training – July 14 – October 6

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greenUP!, announces a FREE training for metal manufacturers and finishers. The training is VIRTUAL on seven Wednesdays beginning on July 14 and ending on October 6th.

The training will address the many challenges that Metal Manufacturers and Finishers face in today’s marketplace including managing hazardous materials, compliance with environmental inspections and regulations and marketplace competitiveness. Because it is virtual, we are offering the training to manufacturers in any states that have active P2 programs running that can provide technical assistance to these manufacturers in their state.

For more information and to register, visithttps://conta.cc/3vmK9z6


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NV Green Business Network

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Last November, greenUP! and WNC announced the Nevada Green Business Network and website. (NVGBN) is a coalition of organizations that came together to offer a statewide green business certification program.  Partners include greenUP!, Western Nevada College, Envirolution, GreenACTnv, GRN Vision, Incline Village General Improvement District, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, and Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

Together, we work with small to medium-sized businesses to offer free assistance and recognize efforts that save energy and water, reduce waste, prevent pollution and stormwater impacts, and encourage better commute options.


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Support Your Green Dining District Restaurants

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Due to COVID-19 measures, restaurants have shifted their focus from in-house dining services to offer more takeout options. While these to-go programs allow customers to enjoy local foods from the comfort and safety of their own home, the packaging waste of these take away meals has been adding up. We encourage customers to refuse plastic-ware when ordering pickup and look for alternatives to Styrofoam packaging.

We ask that the community continues to support restaurants that are operating at only partial capacity. See video from greenUP! on the value of the green dining district to our community and ways to support restaurants during COVID: