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Loudoun Encourages Businesses to Participate in Green Business Challenge
Loudoun Encourages Businesses to Participate in Green Business Challenge

In a matter of weeks, nearly three dozen local businesses and organizations have signed up for the 2011 Loudoun County Green Business Challenge, which is designed to encourage participating businesses to increase operational efficiency and reduce their overall carbon footprint.

The Green Business Challenge is a partnership between the Loudoun County Government and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce to encourage Loudoun businesses to adopt environmentally sound business practices. Last year, the inaugural Challenge attracted more than three dozen area businesses, which were ranked for their environmental practices through a Green Business Challenge Scorecard. Winners were announced in three categories, for small, medium and large businesses. While the 2011 Challenge Scorecard covers many of the same topic areas as the 2010 version, the categories have been simplified to make the system more user-friendly.

Actions taken by businesses participating in the 2011 Challenge can include conducting office-wide energy audits, having employees turn off lights and computers when not in use, purchasing recycled paper products and adopting formal telework policies.

For more information on registration and the rating system, please go to www.loudoun.gov/greenbusinesschallenge.  The deadline to register and submit a scorecard is August 30, 2011. Winners will be announced at the gala event to be held on October 27, 2011.

Participants that have already registered for the 2011 Challenge include:

•             American Solar

•             Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship

•             Broadlands Homeowners Assoc. Inc.

•             C2 Portfolio, Inc.

•             Cascades Virginia

•             DBI ARCHITECTS

•             ECHO, Inc.

•             Endless Summer Harvest, LLC

•             Environmental Termite & Pest Control Services, LLC

•             Grandale Farm LLC

•             Liberty Tax Service

•             Lightyear Cleaning

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•             Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

•             Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

•             Mil-tek Recycling & Waste Solutions

•             Momentum Realty

•             National Conference Center

•             North Gate Vineyard

•             Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun Campus

•             Oatlands, Inc

•             Potomac Falls Express Lube & Car Wash

•             Pritchard Industries, Inc.

•             Raytheon

•             Real Living Evergreene Properties

•             REHAU

•             The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

•             solar4leesburg

•             Southland Industries

•             Stone Ridge Association, Inc.

•             Unison Advisory Group

•             Wave Records