Small, local businesses are saving money and improving the environment with the help of a new Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) program called Get on the Map.
Resource Venture, a free service of SPU, launched the Get on the Map program earlier this year to help local businesses get recognized for greening their operations. Get on the Map is designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for SPU’s rebate programs and environmental programs.
Those who qualify for the program are listed on an on-line map of Seattle’s neighborhoods (www.facebook.com/resourceventure). There are more than 80 businesses on the map.
Businesses that accomplish a minimum number of environmental actions are added to the map and are given a rank of green, greener or greenest. Actions include recycling and composting, having a spill kit on hand and a plan to prevent spills from entering stormwater drains, and installing water-saving fixtures such as high-efficiency toilets.
All Seattle businesses are eligible to participate in the program, and the city’s multilingual outreach specialists are visiting 250 small businesses in the Othello/MLK and Lake City business districts this year.[[In-content Ad]]