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Sustainability (Holt ENC 1101): In Your Business

This guide is to supplement content for Professor Holt's ENC 1101 infused with sustainability. It is a modification of a Sustainability Guide originally created by Karli Mair.

Sustainable Business

Is profit more important than the environment or sustainability of the earth? Some would say yes. And some would say that profit and environmentally friendly business practices aren't mutually exclusive. Many businesses are finding ways to make green business profitable.

Books

Can Sustainability be Profitable?

Certify Your Business And Get Connected

There isn't one certifying organization for green business certification, but here are a few of the most popular options. 

Conduct a Business Waste Audit

Trash requires significant energy to transport and to break down, not to mention the energy it took to create and transport the products in the first place. Save your business money while also contributing to your businesses sustainability by conducting a waste audit. A waste audit examines and measures the amount of waste your business produces and where it comes from. After auditing, you can create a waste reduction plan.   

Environmental Grants and Loans

Grants are money given by the government or grant organization to help you or your business achieve a specific goal, such as sustainability. This money does not need to be given back after the grant period but may require matching funds from local supporters or your own capital.

Loans are money borrowed, usually at a low interest rate, from the government or granting organization. Often times when you are starting a new business loans are hard to get because you have no record of success to show the lender that they are making a good investment. 

Ways to Make Your Business Greener

The US Small Business Association (SBA) offers many helpful tips and resources for making your business greener. Take a look!