Program To Expand in New Year
The Green Leaf Program engages the Shorewood business community in greener practices and promotes a healthier, cleaner Shorewood and planet. The Green Leaf Award program was instituted in 2010 by the Shorewood Conservation Committee, in partnership with the Shorewood Business Improvement District. Greening your business helps attract new customers, develop a loyal customer base, and create a healthier work environment for employees. Businesses can also improve their bottom line and consumers receive more environmentally responsible products and services.
In 2010, six Shorewood businesses took part in the Green Leaf Program (Garden Room, Grande Flowers, Stone Creek Coffee, Gardens by Garland, SHOP and CYGA). They each received a Green Leaf Award at the Shorewood BID annual meeting this fall. According to Doug McDonald, manager of the Garden Room, “The process was smooth and easy, but not effortless.” He also added that ninety percent of making your business greener is culture change and a change in your thinking. Liz LeBlanc Sumner, co-owner of SHOP, adds, “Small things you can do can have a huge impact.” Green Leaf Award pilot business owners and managers also noted the tremendous sense of personal satisfaction they obtained from participating in the Green Leaf Award Project.
Other Shorewood business owners are now invited to join the program in 2011. The start of a new year is a great time to get serious about instituting or incorporating more green practices into your business. Any business owner who rents to businesses in Shorewood and any business that rents space in Shorewood for their business is eligible to participate. Contact Mike Hawes, special projects coordinator for the Village of Shorewood, at 414.847.2706 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. He will link you up with a Green Leaf Award volunteer to answer your questions and to set up a meeting to begin the process.
So call, learn and be inspired to promote a greener Shorewood. We all can make a positive difference.