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Celebrating Earth Day: Small Steps for Big Impact

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Today, as we celebrate Earth Day, let’s discuss how Pennsylvania small businesses can contribute to a more sustainable future. Here are some tips for small businesses to contribute to cleaner air quality:

1. Energy Efficiency

Switch to energy-efficient appliances and lighting. This not only reduces energy consumption but also cuts down on utility bills. Consider using LED lights and Energy Star-rated appliances.

2. Sustainable Procurement

Choose suppliers who prioritize sustainability. This could mean sourcing locally to reduce transportation emissions, or selecting products made from recycled materials.

3. Waste Management

Implement a robust recycling program. Encourage employees to recycle paper, plastic, and other materials. Consider composting organic waste from employee kitchens and offices if possible.

4. Digital Transformation

Go digital wherever possible. This reduces the need for physical resources. For instance, opt for email receipts instead of paper ones, and use cloud storage instead of physical files.

5. Green Commuting

Promote environmentally-friendly commuting options. Encourage employees to carpool, use public transportation, bike, or walk to work if possible.

6. Community Involvement

Participate in local environmental initiatives. This could be anything from a tree-planting event to a neighborhood clean-up drive.

Remember, every little bit helps. Even small changes can make a big difference in improving air quality.

Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.