Green Business Certification Program

Green Business Certification Newsletter

About the Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program

The Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program - a unique partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery College, and the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation - recognizes businesses that have voluntarily made efforts to protect, preserve, and improve the environment.  The program focuses on day-to-day operations and management policies rather than LEED certification, which focuses mainly on building construction and major systems.

Certified green businesses are committed to:

  • environmental stewardship
  • conserving energy & water
  • reducing their carbon footprint
  • generating less waste
  • recycling more

Meet the Montgomery County Green Certified Businesses HERE

How to Become a Montgomery County Green Certified Business

Get on the Bus!

Join a fleet of Montgomery County Green Certified Businesses and proudly display your company logo on a County bus PSA!
 

In the Fall of 2014, all Montgomery County Green Certified Businesses will have their own County bus PSA to display their name and logo!  Businesses that submit their Green Business Certification application by August 1st, and are shortly thereafter certified, will be featured on one of the County's Ride On bus ads promoting the Green Business Certification Program...each business will be individually featured on a County PSA!  Ads will be on buses for 4 weeks.

Eligible businesses include 1) office/retail tenants or owners in commercial office space (unfortunately no home-based businesses) and 2) landscape businesses (including home-based businesses since the program's focus is on landscaped sites).

The PSA size will be 30" high by 80" wide.  We are in the process of finalizing the PSA, but it will include the name and logo of the certified business, the Green Certified Business logo, and common messaging.

We are happy to provide free onsite technical assistance and guidance through one of our expert contractors.  Such assistance is available to businesses that are committed to certification and submerged in the application process.

If you have questions concerning the certification process, please contact Doug Weisburger at douglas.weisburger@montgomerycountymd.gov or visit our FAQs page to learn more.

CLICK HERE for more information.

 

What is your business strategy as your customers green their supply chain?

TIPS:

  • Engage in a dialogue with staff, program managers, procurement officers, etc.
  • Consider print production and toner usage and purchases
  • Minimize waste production. Consider re-use. Consider recycling or other forms of disposal to avoid landfills
  • Evaluate travel type and frequency i.e. where is the work being done? One-on-one meetings are important to establish relationships, however, how do you maintain relationships after initial meetings?
  • Transportation: How are products shipped? How are products received?
  • Consider how products are packaged
  • Evaluate delivery systems
  • Evaluate water usage
  • Use Energy Star products

Montgomery County Green Business Forum

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC), Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and Montgomery College have partnered to create a Montgomery County Green Business Forum. Green Business Forums are free and open to the public.

Each Forum starts with networking and refreshments at 7:30 AM followed by the program from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM. Taking place 4 times a year at MCCC, these forums feature experts who offer unique perspectives on the advantages of being a green business. Panels will be moderated by Montgomery College faculty and other experts and followed by Q&A and networking. Montgomery College may offer “how-to” webinars to supplement the forums.

MCCC is located at 51 Monroe Street, Suite 1800, Rockville, Maryland, 20850 and is Metro-accessible. Stay tuned for dates and speakers!

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