Cleveland Gives Preference to Sustainable Businesses
Last week the City of Cleveland passed a sustainable business procurement ordinance. The measure, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, provides a 4% bid discount to sustainable local companies bidding for city contracts. Area companies completing the first stage of the Green Plus™ program are eligible.
Green Plus™ is a non-profit, third party sustainable business certification program run by the Institute for Sustainable Development. It was originally designed by Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and local chambers of commerce as a way to help small businesses become more competitive through sustainable business practices. The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), part of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, offers its members a discount to participate in the Green Plus Program.