Green Business Initiative Sprouts In Manatee County

Encouraging environmentally responsible operations, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce has launched the Green Business Initiative: Sustainable Manatee Program.

The new initiative will promote best management "green" practices in business to conserve natural resources and eliminate waste.

Sustainable Manatee is open to current and prospective Manatee Chamber of Commerce members. Applicants must meet certification requirements and pledge to continually strive toward sustainable business practices that ensure the greater Manatee region is environmentally healthy and viable.

Green practice areas include: recycling/reuse, commodity conservation, energy conservation, water conservation and innovative concepts.

The Mosaic Company is partnering with the Manatee Chamber to publish the certification manual, and currently there are eight companies that have already met certification levels and recognition, including: Air & Energy; Arrow Environmental Services, Inc.; Energy & Sustainability Consultants (ESC); Fawley Bryant Architects, Inc.; Flowers Baking Company; Turner Tree & Landscape; Waste Pro; and Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.

The Chamber's Green Business Initiative Committee is currently the Chamber's largest committee with 57 members. Benefits of receiving the certification include:

- Recognition as committed to a greener Manatee region through business operations.
- Access to the Manatee Chamber's Green Business logo for print and electronic use in identifying as a Green Business.
- Recognition on the Chamber's website and at Chamber functions.
- Manatee Chamber Green Business window decal for their business venue.

"Through Sustainable Manatee, the Manatee Chamber is facilitating and connecting with our governmental partners and connecting members with green focused businesses and resources in order to foster sustainable businesses and practices," says Bob Bartz, president of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Sustainable Manatee, call 941-748-4842 ext. 124 or e-mail:

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Manatee Chamber of Commerce

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