2011 Green Business Challenge Underway

2011 Green Business Challenge Underway

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April 25, 2011
Recycling Today Staff
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Office Depot, Boca Raton, Fla., has announced a partnership with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA to organize the 2011 Green Business Challenge.

“On behalf of ICLEI’s 600 local government members across the nation, we wish to thank Office Depot for its vital support and commitment to helping businesses embrace environmental sustainability,” says Martin Chávez, executive director of ICLEI USA.

The Green Business Challenge seeks to engage property managers and tenants in a competition to save energy, reduce waste and water consumption, procure greener products and implement other activities within their companies deemed as sustainable.

Executives from Office Depot and ICLEI and elected officials from the participating cities launched the program by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on April 21.

The program started in 2010 as the City of Chicago’s “Green Office Challenge,” organized by the Chicago Department of Environment and ICLEI USA. Office Depot was the primary underwriter of the challenge in Chicago and directly supported several aspects of the initial program development.

As the “presenting sponsor” of the 2011 Green Business Challenge, Office Depot is providing funding for the national rollout of the program, in addition to “Green Business Challenge Implementation Packs,” which will be given to the Cities of Austin, Texas; Bellevue, Wash.; and Chula Vista, Calif.; as well as the Triangle J Council of Governments in central North Carolina.

“Green Implementation Packs” include direct funding and technical support, as well as products and services designed to help local governments manage the Green Business Challenge, according to an Office Depot news release.

“Most corporate environmental efforts focus primarily on the supply chain or internal operations, but very few focus on shifting the marketplace,” says Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy for Office Depot. “ICLEI USA’s Green Business Challenge provides a simple step-by-step approach for businesses of all sizes to go greener.”

More information about the Green Business Challenge can be found at www.icleiusa.org/greenbusinesschallenge.