Green Plus Chamber Award Finalists Announced
- Greater Cleveland (OH) Partnership / Council on Smaller Enterprises for their extensive array of educational, technical assistance and incentive programs to help members become more sustainable, especially in the area of energy efficiency.
- St. Louis (MO) Regional Chamber and Growth Association for leadership in the creation of the Climate Prosperity Project, a national effort to help chambers around the nation understand how conservation, efficiency and innovation can catalyze job creation.
- Greater Syracuse (NY) Chamber of Commerce for creation of the Clean Tech Center, a clean energy business incubator, to catalyze economic development in its region.
- Greater Waco TX) Chamber of Commerce for building what is believed to be the first LEED Gold certified chamber office building and developing green education programs for its business members.
- North Myrtle Beach (SC) Chamber of Commerce for its work to make its region not only a major provider of wind power, but also a leading manufacturer of wind energy parts
"Business leadership is critical in the effort to create a stronger economy - one that is not only more competitive, but which complements healthier and more environmentally sound communities," said Chris Carmody, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development. "These finalists exemplify what we believe is the best leadership in the chamber of commerce community in advancing a truly sustainable economy."
The award winner will be announced on June 18th at the Green Plus North American Sustainable Enterprise Awards in Research Triangle Park, NC. Click here for more info.
For more information on chamber led green economy programs check out: The Dollars and Sense of Green Business: Chambers of Commerce as the New Champions of a Green Economy
This report from Partners for Liveable Communities showcases the innovation and leadership of 22 chambers of commerce that have employed creative new green business programs that not only enhance the regional economy, but also help reverse the effects of environmental degradation. This report is a follow up to Partners' 2009 study - The Economics of Sustainability.