Green Office Challenge encourages Gloucester businesses to conserve

Bill Nachman - Posted on Oct 10, 2012 - 01:20 PM

Through the Gloucester Green Office Challenge, county businesses learn how to put simple environmental strategies into action to reduce avoidable waste and pollution, while saving energy and costs, said Clean Community coordinator Bill Bell.

However, few businesses have expressed an interest in the program since it was revitalized this year, Bell said. The "challenge" assists participating businesses in implementing environmentally-friendly initiatives that will help to improve the environment and reduce the county’s carbon footprint.

Bell said he would like to present certificates to more local businesses—such as he did on Sept. 19 to GCI Energy Consultants—for completing the self-directed challenge that both identifies environmentally-friendly practices in the workplace and encourages employees to make energy-saving steps at home as well.

Dan and Elizabeth Guinn run GCI from their Dutton residence. They have operated the energy consulting business for three years.