Nevada has 30 businesses certified green in 2021, according to a news release from Western Nevada College and greenUP!
There are 70 other businesses in the process of becoming green certified for the state, the release said. The environmental outcomes can be found in the report at https://nvgreenbusiness.org/2021-impact-report/.
For 30 businesses certified through the end of calendar year 2021, the following aggregated savings are documented:
• 276,355 pounds of carbon emissions: That's the equivalent of planting 429 Acres of Urban Trees.
• 638,987 kilowatt/hour of electricity: That's the equivalent of powering 58 houses for an entire year.
• 12,389 therms of natural gas: That's the equivalent of heating 476 homes for an entire year.
• 2,018,908 gallons of water: That's the equivalent of 5 bathtubs of fresh drinking water per hour.
• 378,447 pounds of solid waste: That's the equivalent of 23 Garbage Trucks Worth of Diverted Waste.
• 363 gallons of hazardous waste: That's the equivalent of 6 Fifty-five Gallon Drums of Hazardous Waste.
This resulted in total aggregated cost savings for businesses to date of $109,165.
“The Nevada Climate Strategy is clear: reducing Nevada’s greenhouse gases and laying the groundwork for a climate-resilient economy is going to take effort from all economic sectors,” said David Bobzien, director of Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy. “We are thankful to businesses that are committed to reducing their greenhouse gases through energy savings and doing their part to help reach our state’s climate goals.”
As part of the green business program process, each business receives a free-and-confidential scorecard so it can improve upon its environmental performance year over year.
Businesses that are certified to date are: Aroma Retail LLC; Arts For All Nevada; Baker Hughes Bently NV; Brand Geek/Law Office of Lara Pearson Ltd, PBC; CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada; Comstock Farm; Continuum Packing; Davidson’s Organics; D’terra Law, LLC; Extremely Emollient, Harley-Davidson Financial Services; JP Copoulos Architect; Katherine Winans, CMP; Las Vegas Professional Organizers LLC; Merchology; My Reno Computer Tutor; Mills Roofing Inc.; Nevada Roots; North Sails Nevada; Outsiders Hair Studio; Patagonia Reno Outlet; Professional Dog Mom, LLC; Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce; Simple Power Solar; So Juicy; Space Cadet; Strange Bikinis, LLC; The Nest; Vital Bee Buds LLC; and Wayfarer Vans LLC.
For details on how to become a certified green business, visit: https://nv.greenbiztracker.org.
“I’m working every day in the Senate to help build a sustainable future for Nevada. The Nevada Green Business Network has been an incredible partner to the Silver State as we work to build our clean economy, create jobs, help businesses become more energy-efficient and combat the climate crisis,” said U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. “I’m eager to see the continued success of this coalition and will keep pushing to help Nevada small businesses go green, save money and create good-paying jobs.”
The program uses the GreenBizTracker database to collect outcomes that measure the impact certified businesses are having toward resource conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection goals. Through education, networking and collaboration, the Nevada Green Business Program and Network will assist in finding new ways for businesses to be more efficient, healthy and attract new customers. See https://nvgreenbusiness.org.
“Western Nevada College is an honored member of Nevada’s Green Business Network expanding partnerships through the network and certified businesses,” said WNC Director of Professional and Applied Technology Georgia White. “NVGBN’s impactful role in Nevada’s workforce ecosystem provides recognition of businesses, employees and stakeholders allowing significant contributions to healthy, vibrant future for Nevada.”
The Nevada Green Business Program is made possible through funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection.
“Since the passage of the Pollution Prevention Act 30 years ago, industry, government and the public have been focused on reducing the amount of pollution through cost-effective changes in production, operation and raw materials use,” said greenUP! Board President Donna Walden. “WNC, greenUP! and the program partners of the Nevada Green Business Network are committed to helping Nevada make strides in becoming a leader in green operations.”
GreenBizTracker is a web-based and mobile tool that motivates businesses to make voluntary behavior and facility changes that net positive and measurable environmental outcomes. Easy-to-use resources and tools, as well as one-on-one assistance from program partners, are provided to the businesses to help them along the way. Once businesses are green certified and added to an online, searchable directory, the public can use it to find and patronize these businesses. For more information on the Green Business Program and Network, visit NVGreenBusiness.org.