The Vancouver Island Green Business Certification was built to recognize the efforts of local businesses that are reducing their environmental impact. For businesses, it is a guide to greening your operations and educating your staff. For consumers, it is a symbol that lets you know which businesses have green practices. Together, we can lead by example and protect our natural environment while promoting our local economy
What is the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification Program?
The Vancouver Island Green Business Certification program has been developed by the Synergy Sustainability Institute (SSI) with the goal of catalyzing the green economy on Vancouver Island. It is the collective efforts of small businesses on Vancouver Island that will propel our region into the forefront of the international green economy movement. The program currently focuses on delivering a high standard certification by having businesses complete an internal assessment followed by an in-person compliance audit by a third party verifier. Certification is currently available for retail, restaurant and office based businesses. From November to the end of December 2013, the VIGBC was piloted in the region with 18 businesses participating from across these sectors. The full program was launched in March 2014. As a part of this program we hope to see businesses participate and become environmental leaders in community while establishing a brand that is clearly recognizable with consumers.
What does my business need to do to be certified?
Certification is simple and easy! To become a Certified Green Business, participants must meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution, minimizing waste, purchasing responsible products and be socially responsible. The criteria for the retail, restaurant and office sectors can be found here. The criteria will be reviewed and reassessed every two years to help foster change in each sector. If you want to sign-up to become a certified green business simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a fee for enrolling in the program?
There is a fee for businesses wanting to participate in the VI Green Business Certification. Business fees are dependent on the amount of Full Time Equivalent (FTEs) employees there are within your organization.
How long will the Green Business recognition be valid?
The VI Green Business Certification will be valid for 12 months from when the business is certified. Businesses will need to re-apply annually for recertification and to ensure that they are continuing to meet the VIGBC program standards.
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