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Sustainability

Going green: what does it mean?

“Green” and “sustainable” have become two of the most widely used words in the English language. But what do they mean in terms of your business?

Green Your Business

Going green means reducing the overall environmental impact of your business. That holistic approach includes compliance issues that protect both you and the environment. When you combine those initiatives with energy efficiency measures that conserve the earth’s resources, you make your business more efficient, and reduce costs.

Going green involves four general objectives, which form EMAP’s “Building Block” approach to greening your business:

Energy – Improve efficiency and reduce consumption

Materials – Use sustainable materials and eliminate waste

Assurance – Comply with environmental regulations

Purchasing – Buy green products, equipment and services

Each of these blocks includes a number of specific strategies, ranging from simple improvements you can easily do yourself to more complex projects that may require professional assistance. Visit our Building Blocks pages for more details including checklists of steps you can take and links to more information.

And remember, EMAP consultants are here to help you with free and confidential information, advice and consulting services. Contact us to request assistance, ask questions or schedule a site visit to help you get started.

Safer Choice Labels

EPA introduced three new Safer Choice labels which help consumers and commercial buyers identify and select products with safer chemical ingredients.

Pennsylvania Signs Benefit Corporation Legislation

Pennsylvania was the 12th state to sign benefit corporation legislation into law. This legislation gives entrepreneurs and investors an additional choice when determining which corporate form is most suitable to achieve their objectives.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Ecolabeling Resource

Search EPA’s Greener Products Portal to learn more about guidelines and standards for labeling your product as “green”.

Learn about how to qualify your product as an EPA Safer Choice product.

Want to “B” even more?

Some companies are using a sustainability rating system developed by B Corporation to see how they score now and how they can improve.

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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.
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