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Greening service businesses in 5 simple steps

Service business greening guide in 5 simple steps

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Service Business Strategies for Going Green

World Resources Institute provides concise, essential information - in just 26 pages – for service businesses of all sorts to understand the basics of how they can go green.
  • financial institutions
  • real estate
  • retail
  • law
  • publishing firms
  • universities
  • non-profit organizations
  • and many others...
Switching to Green provides a five-step outline for acquiring renewable energy (see above). It also includes links to essential resources and brief examples of how companies have diversified their energy supply and supported the growth of clean energy technologies by incorporating renewable energy into their operations.

Identify Goals Explore Delivery Options Investigate Cost-saving Strategies Purchase Green Power Calculate Carbon Benefit

"Depending on your office's goals, you could have multiple renewable energy options, from local green power to a nationally-sourced product," said Samantha Putt del Pino, author of the how-to guide.

Renewable energy can be used to generate heat and electricity, from sources such as solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, geothermal, and some types of certified hydropower. Unlike fossil fuels, these resources do not contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which causes global warming.

Many office- and retail-based companies and organizations – including Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, FedEx Kinko's, Staples, and the World Bank Group – have made the switch to renewable energy. It's possible for offices and retail-locations of all sizes to make a considerable green impact by taking simple steps when:

  • Management expresses a clear vision
  • Cost savings are identified
  • Staff is trained and motivated to think "green"

'Switching to Green' draws heavily on the lessons and publications of the Green Power Market Development Group, whose members include many of the largest corporate users of renewable energy.

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Green Power Market Development Group

The Green Power Market Development Group is a collaboration of 12 leading corporations and the World Resources Institute dedicated to building corporate markets for green power. Our goal is to develop corporate markets for 1000 MW of new, cost competitive green power by 2010.

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