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Wilton Businesses Can Earn ‘Green Business Designation’

Dec 02, 2014 03:38PM

Wilton Go Green (WGG) is launching an effort to help attain its goal of making Wilton the most environmentally sustainable town in Connecticut. It has instituted a “Wilton Green Business Designation” for companies, businesses and organizations that demonstrate leadership in sustainable practices. It’s one of the first initiatives being rolled out by WGG’s new president, Peg Koellmer of Realty Seven.

WGG lists about four dozen sustainable practices or steps that businesses can take to make them more environmentally friendly. Businesses can earn either a “Green” or “Platinum” status by completing a certain number of actions in each of the categories – education, water, indoor environment, transportation and energy. Koellmer acknowledges some of the actions that involve changes to physical space may be harder for business owners who rent, so WGG worked hard to ensure the steps businesses could take were realistic. By completing steps, businesses receive a certificate and a door decal to display publicly.

“If you can do some of these things that seem relatively simple – for instance, having glass mugs instead of paper cups in an office – every time you pick up that glass mug, you’ll be reminded and aware,” Koellmer explains. Some of the actions on the WGG checklist include repairing all drips and leaks, using low- or no-VOC paints, offering safe and secure bicycle parking areas, and planning a strategy for the green initiatives to be implemented.

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