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Earth Day: Get Inspired and Turn Your Business Green

Alyssa Gregory

It’s Earth Day, and it’s hard to ignore the go-green fever. I’ve posted before about integrating an earth-friendly attitude into your business; it’s something I try to do on a daily basis.

It can be difficult, though, to jump right into a green campaign, especially where your business is concerned. There’s so much you can do, and so much that requires major changes in how you live and work, that it’s overwhelming.

To get you inspired, here are some links to Earth Day initiatives that have ideas you can incorporate today in your business and in your life.

10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green

A great actionable list of simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.

Create The Good – Go Green

Create The Good is a movement started by the AARP to connect people with positive opportunities, in whatever way works for them. Their “Go Green” campaign provides a list of ideas for you to support the environment at work, in your community, and with friends, including ideas for those of us who are over-scheduled and pressed for time.

Earth Day on Business.gov

This is a collection of green resources and guides just for businesses. The site includes a Small Business Guide to Energy Efficiency with tips, advice, and resources to help businesses save on energy costs: from energy saving tips to information on grants, loans and incentives available for making energy efficient upgrades to your facilities.

Earth911.com Business Solutions

Earth911 is an environmental services company that provides tools to engage consumers, track recycling and proper disposal programs and demonstrate compliance. The web site provides information about reducing your impact, reusing what you’ve got and recycling your trash.

Pick 5 for the Environment

Pick 5 is an international environmental effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of State. From the web site, you choose 5 actions you will take to support the environment, then sign up and make a pledge. You can print out your list so everyone in your household or office can follow along.

Time to Give It a Try

Earth Day only comes once a year, but we – as business owners and humans – should focus on supporting the environment every day. Even if you only take one baby step at a time, you’re moving in the right direction. And it can be infectious. Give it a try.

Today, I’m going to donate my old cell phone to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – a great way to recycle that phone that’s been sitting in my drawer for months. What small step will you take today for the environment?

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