Green Biz Challenge
Commercial and industrial facilities are responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Cities all across the nation are creating resource-reducing challenges for local businesses and organizations to participate in.
The Eastside Green Business Challenge, organized by the Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance, is a friendly competition in the Puget Sound region. Those participating include Microsoft, Renton and Lake Washington School Districts, Quadrant Homes, Orca Bay Seafoods, Allied Waste, City of Bellevue City Hall, The Woodmark Hotel, Office Depot Corporate, IKEA and many more.
Building on his previous work with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), Groundwire CRM Developer Evan Callahan developed the Salesforce tool that will be used by businesses and organizations to monitor their resource use.
Property owners and tenants go online to fill out baseline surveys that describe their sustainability profile and energy use. After participating in group activities and training provided by energy-use experts, they return to their web browser to update the numbers and track their progress. Most importantly, the software is designed so that new cities can join the program easily, customizing the surveys and online resources to meet the unique sustainability goals of their community.