Green Business Council Aims to Help Regional Businesses Reduce Waste and Save Money

New toolkit helps companies launch waste management programs

CINCINNATI--()--Commercial waste makes up approximately two-thirds of the waste in Cincinnati-area landfills. To help regional businesses reduce their demand for landfill disposal and identify cost savings opportunities, the Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (GCGBC) today released its third complimentary toolkit.

“Waste disposal is a significant issue for the Tri-State region, and our region has a goal to reduce commercial and residential waste sent to landfill by 33 percent by 2020,” said Lisa O’Brien, co-author of the toolkit and director of environmental affairs, U.S. Bank. “With this new toolkit, we hope to provide area businesses with new resources and easy-to-follow strategies to help us reach and exceed that goal.”

The Waste Management Strategy Toolkit provides a high-level strategic plan to help business owners assess their current waste consumption patterns and prioritize opportunities based on what is right for their business. The toolkit also provides tools and resources to help businesses get started. Toolkit topics include recycling, sustainable purchasing, composting, hazardous waste, and even an introduction to the concept of “Zero Waste.”

“Waste reduction should be a key component of corporate sustainability efforts, not only because of its environmental impact and potential to reduce expenses, but also because it’s a great way to engage and educate employees and customers,” said Scott Hassell, Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council president and vice president, environmental sustainability, Fifth Third Bank. “Many members of the Green Business Council have found that implementing a comprehensive and practical waste management program can help their company start a journey toward greater environmental sustainability. We want the toolkit to help others take the first step in this journey.”

In addition to the Waste Management Strategy Toolkit, the Green Business Council has developed the Workplace Composting Toolkit and the Building Energy Benchmarking Toolkit as resources to help Greater Cincinnati businesses become more sustainable.

To download the Green Business Council’s Toolkits or for more information about the Green Business Council, please visit www.gcgbc.org.

About Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council

The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council was initiated by Cintas Corporation in 2010 and is composed of some of the leading companies in Greater Cincinnati. The Green Business Council aims to inspire the business community to deliver a better social, economic and environmental future by sharing best practices and collaborating to drive and accelerate sustainable development in the region. The Green Business Council is driving the Greater Cincinnati business community to be the sustainability leader in America. More information on the Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council can be found at www.gcgbc.org.

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The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council encourages commercial waste reduction in new, free toolkit for businesses.

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Mulberry Marketing Communications
Jess Messenger, 312-664-1532
jmessenger@mulberrymc.com