Green Certification Saves Money and Promotes Plano Businesses

The city of Plano’s Green Business Certification (GBC) program allows Plano businesses the opportunity to show they have a commitment to the community and environment, and to reap the economic and environmental benefits of the sustainable changes they make. Businesses that opt to become certified are required to complete mandatory and optional measures in waste reduction, water and energy efficiency, pollution prevention,..


sustainable purchasing and education.

Certification is offered to small and mid-sized businesses in four categories: office/retail; restaurants; grocery stores; and multifamily communities. Commercial Recycling Supervisor Christopher Day, whose team administers the program, says, “Our GBC program differs from others in that we require onsite verification of their green attributes.”

The program was started in 2012 and is gaining momentum in 2014 as more companies become aware of its value in attracting environmentally-conscious consumers or other businesses and in evaluating their operations toward operational efficiency and cost savings.

 For more information or to sign up a business, call Rita Keys at 972-769-4393 or visit

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