The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government honored eight new Green Check certified members on Thursday, Sept. 20. Honorees and their levels are:
- Town Branch Tree Experts, Inc. (Gold)
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington (Silver)
- Perspectives, Inc. (Silver)
- Meg C Jewelry Gallery (Bronze)
- Lextran (Bronze)
- Minglewood (Bronze)
- Boone Creek Outdoors (Member)
- A Cup of Common Wealth (Member)
The Green Check program recognizes businesses for their green initiatives and helps them expand their sustainability efforts.
Becoming a Green Check Member business begins with a personal consultation and completion of the Green Check Sustainability Scorecard. The Sustainability Scorecard caters to organizations across a variety of sectors, including restaurants, non-profit organizations, retail, and manufacturers.
Based on their baseline Sustainability Score, the business or organization is awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Member designation. While the certification is valid for three years, member organizations are encouraged to pursue higher tiers through continued participation and achievement.
These eight businesses demonstrated a commitment to increased sustainability within their facilities and operations. Examples initiatives from the businesses include parking lot renovations with permeable pavers, installation of rain gardens, upgrades to energy efficient lighting, office compost programs and promotion of alternative transportation. Beyond these high-impact features, there are lots of actions individual team members can take to improve sustainability in the workplace.
“As a Green Check Certified company, we recognize the importance of establishing procedures and policies to streamline and fulfill our mission of environmental responsibility,” says Sara Hesley, CEO of Town Branch Tree Experts, Inc. “It has allowed us to extend and formalize these commitments throughout everything we do as a company.”
Green Check, which has just completed its third year as a city program, is managed by Bluegrass Greensource. For more information, including how to become Green Check Certified, please visit www.LexingtonKy.com/GreenCheck.