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Small Business Climate Change Focus

Posted on January 30, 2019 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

Going green for a small business has proven to be a smart move for both planet and bottom line. More consumers are looking to support proprietors that embrace Eco-friendly initiatives such as circular manufacturing and on-site incentives.

As far back as 2015 a Nielsen global online study reported that, Millennials “continue to be most willing to pay extra for sustainable offerings—almost three-out-of-four respondents in the latest findings, up from approximately half in 2014.”

Recently, Erin Hinton, senior sustainability consultant at Shift Advantage, a Portland-based consulting firm who also holds an MBA in sustainable business from Marylhurst University, commented to Portland Business Journal stating that,

“Reducing usage translates into decreased costs, and engaging employees yields lower, slower turnover. Conducting business conscientiously can also have the added perk of increasing revenue through brand-consumer alignment.”

Now that small businesses as well as many corporate conglomerates are coming on board with green initiatives, addressing climate change at the same time can be just as advantageous. Small business climate change focus is a ‘green wave’ that could set the stage for more involvement from all businesses across the globe.

Renewable Transition

Ramping up your energy efficient options means lowering fossil fuel pollution and doing your part in lessening climate change. Green financial investing group, The Global Environment Facility (GEF), describes the importance of renewable transition,

“Improving energy efficiency is the single best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to mitigating the impact of climate change, it also reduces local, regional and global air pollution. Apart from environmental benefits, energy efficiency also enhances economic competitiveness, creates jobs and saves consumers money.”

Some small business renewable transition starting points include:

Retrofit or Move - Replacing inefficient, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) systems has been shown to reduce energy usage by approximately 50-90 percent. Less wasted energy equals less climate change threat. You can also move your business to a LEED certified building which are now being built with close to zero energy heating and cooling capability.

Change Providers - Most municipal companies are required to offer a green provider option. This means you can reduce climate change by switching to a solar, wind, or hydro energy provider. All it takes is a phone call to your current energy provider.

Glide Your Ride - Electric vehicles (EV) are so efficient, now there’s no reason not to turn your small business transportation into a zero emission, climate change killing fleet. Either lease or buy a fleet that will save your small business lots of green or start with one EV and build from there. Either way it’s another simple switch with big results.

Out of the Box

Switching to LED (light emitting diode) bulbs is a on-site energy efficient transition that has already shown great environmental benefits. However, embracing unique, out-of-the-box attempts at small business climate change focus can be effective and even fun.

Cover It Green - If your small business has control of the roof of your location installing a green roof can significantly impact the environment. Michigan State University describes the benefits of green roofs.

“They can improve stormwater management by reducing runoff and improving water quality, conserve energy, mitigate the urban heat island, increase longevity of roofing membranes, reduce noise and air pollution, sequester carbon, increase urban biodiversity by providing habitat for wildlife, provide space for urban agriculture, provide a more aesthetically pleasing and healthy environment to work and live, and improve return on investment compared to traditional roofs.”

Thermostat Upgrade - Programmable “smart” thermostats are now available with wireless, phone access features. Installing these can surgically regulate your energy usage and effectively reduce cost while mitigating climate influence.

Don’t Waste It - If your small business generates organic waste stop conventionally discarding when you can use it to improve the environment instead. If it is organic matter then composting or donating it to compost can make a difference. If your business generates used vegetable oils and animal fats you can also utilize or donate these renewable sources to make biodiesel.

 

Focusing your small business on how it can help reduce drastic climate change is another small step that can accumulate big rewards. Following this important green initiative you will set an example for other small businesses as well as concerned consumers to perpetuate a brighter future for us all.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Green Tips and DIY, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Save Energy, Your Green Business and was tagged with climate change, COMPOSTABLE, ENERGY EFFICIENT, renewable, small business, SUSTAINABLE

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