Vienna businesses challenged to think – and act – green
The Town’s Community Enhancement Commission (CEC) is challenging local businesses and nonprofits to adopt green practices and self-certify as “sustainable” based on points earned.
The Vienna Sustainability Challenge, now in its second year, provides a checklist of green actions or practices through which businesses can tally points toward the goal of being sustainable. Seven Vienna businesses were recognized last year for earning enough points to be certified.
Sustainable actions are classified under energy, water, procurement, transportation, and waste reduction categories. Strategies include simple actions, such as cleaning with green products or using rain water to water plants, as well as deeper commitments, like installing EPA WaterSense toilets in bathrooms, instituting telework policies, or establishing waste reduction goals.
Find a complete list of suggested green strategies and the Sustainability Challenge checklist at viennava.gov/sustainabilitychallenge. Points are awarded for sustainable action employed throughout the calendar year. Applications are due by August 1; submit to Town Hall at 127 Center Street S. address applications to the attention of the Community Enhancement Commission. Businesses that are certified will be recognized at a Town Council meeting this fall.
Questions? Contact CEC member Desiree Di Mauro at email@example.com.