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2017 Green Resource Guide – By Haley Freeman

Go GreenI frequently find myself looking for green resources and feeling frustrated by dead web links or sites of questionable provenance. Wouldn’t it be great to have a list of trusted purveyors of green right at your fingertips? I thought so, so I began compiling one for you and for me. This is a quick reference for some of things you might need when you’re planning a sustainable event, looking for greener choices while traveling, aspiring to run a greener company or facility, or simply wanting to increase your green business knowledge. This list is by no means exhaustive, but each of these sources provides a whole world of information and may spark some ideas for green applications you haven’t considered before.

Business Resources

Convention Industry Council

APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards

http://www.conventionindustry.org/APEX/APEXASTM.aspx

Cvent

Event Management Software

http://www.cvent.com

Green America

Green Business Certification

http://www.greenamerica.org/greenbusiness/certification.cfm

GreenBiz

Advancing the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability

https://www.greenbiz.com

Green Meeting Industry Council

Best practices for global meetings industry

http://www.gmicglobal.org

Green Seal

Green Business Certification

http://www.greenseal.org/GreenBusiness/Certification/GetCertified.aspx

Products & Services – Including Hotel Accommodations

http://www.greenseal.org/FindGreenSealProductsAndServices.aspx

U.S. Green Building Council

www.usgbc.org

State Chapters

www.usgbc.org/chapters

LEED AP Directory

https://ssl11.cyzap.net/gbcicertonline/onlinedirectory

Environmentally Safe Cleaning Products

All-Green Janitorial Products

http://www.all-greenjanitorialproducts.com

Sustainable Supply

http://www.sustainablesupply.com

Ethical Shopping (Think event giveaways, client gifts and charitable initiatives)

Alter Eco

Nourishing foodie, farmer and field through sustainable foods from around the world.

http://www.alterecofoods.com

Hipcycle

Upcycled Products

http://hipcycle.com

Raven + Lily

Ethical fashion and lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design

http://www.ravenandlily.com

Heifer International

Working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the earth

https://www.heifer.org

Government Resources

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Environmental Education

https://www.epa.gov/environmental-topics

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Local food directories for farmers markets, on-farm markets, CSAs, and food hubs

https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/local-regional/food-directories

Organic & Sustainable Food Sources

Eat Well Guide

Restaurants, farms, markets and other sources of local, sustainable food

http://www.eatwellguide.org

Local Harvest

Search for sustainable farms and food outlets by region

http://www.localharvest.org

unfi United Natural Foods

Wholesale organic food distributor

https://www.unfi.com/products

Green Quote:

“If civilization is to survive, it must live on the interest, not the capital, of nature.”

― Ronald Wright, A Short History of Progress

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