Minimizing waste, raising awareness and conserving energy

After taking several steps to reduce its footprint on the environment, CapeSpace has achieved Level 1 certification from the Cape and Islands Green program.

“We’re excited to be recognized for the efforts we’re making to operate more sustainably,” CapeSpace President Robbin Orbison said. “The best part of this is our members are seeing the work we’re doing and can incorporate some of these environmentally-friendly practices in their own lives. We’re leading by example and hopefully we’ll inspire others, including our fellow business owners, to explore ways they can adopt a greener lifestyle.”

Started in the fall of 2008, the Cape & Islands Green program establishes specific criteria that local companies can adopt to be certified as a green business. There are three levels to the program – Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 – with each requiring participating businesses to meet certain thresholds in minimizing waste, raising awareness, and conserving energy.

Cape & Islands Green was organized by a collective of environmentally-conscious business owners with support from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, and Community Development Partnership (CDP) in Eastham.

Since the beginning of this year, Orbison and her staff have been working with CDP to meet Level 1 verification. It has done so by reducing energy consumption and costs; cutting down on waste in our landfills through recycling and reuse efforts; changing buying practices by switching to eco-friendly products; and educating employees and members about ways they can live more sustainably.

“This is just the start,” said Orbison who is welcoming Green Road Refill, a local company that sells eco-friendly cleaning and bath products, to CapeSpace once a month. Operated by Jessica Georges out of a school bus painted green, her company is scheduled to be at CapeSpace on Friday, July 12, 12:30 to 2 pm, and on the first Friday of every subsequent month through the end of the year. The visits are open to the public.

For more information on the Cape and Islands Green program, visit www.capeandislandsgreen.org. Those with questions, should contact CDP Director of Business and Credit Programs Pam Andersen at pam@capecdp.org or 508-240-7873, ext. 18.

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