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Tampa Encourages Green Business

The green or environmental movement has been growing among businesses in the Tampa Bay region in recent years, but its been up to the businesses themselves to promote it or hope others will notice.

Recently the city of Tampa took a step to shine a spotlight on the companies going above and beyond the call to recycle, reuse and conserve energy to encourage other companies and organizations to do the same.

Tampa, in partnership with the Sustany Foundation, released its Green Business Designation Program recently in an effort to recognize businesses that are already being environmentally sensitive and operationally efficient, as well as to spur other businesses to participate in the program.

The idea is to reduce their expenses through waste, water, energy and pollution reduction. The program uses a list of criteria to judge a business' compliance and then grants a point value and designation level to that business. 

The program's philosophy is to not be so stringent that it is impossible for businesses to attain the designation, but rather simple enough that most every business with a modest amount of effort can attain at least the lowest level of compliance, says Jack Bevilacqua, administrator of the program and Sustany board member. 

Three businesses have already achieved the designation and are considered charter members of the program:  Children's Cancer Center, Florida Business Interiors, and Bayside Engineering. 

Dave Szymanski, a Tampa-based journalist, likes running 5ks, other sports and writing poetry. Comments?
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