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Sustainable Surf City begins environmental sustainability outreach program

A number of local businesses and two schools will participate in energy, waste, water and transportation workshops

by Kirsti CorreaPublished: April 05, 2012 07:25 AM

Sustainable Surf City is launching a new 12-month environmental sustainability outreach program for 15 small businesses and two schools in Huntington Beach.

The effort begins with a complete environmental audit to identify opportunities for the business or school to focus on energy, waste, water and transportation, followed by recommendations to improve each area.

Organizations will then participate in monthly workshops and go through training for Sustainable Business Management Practices.

“Being involved in a pilot program that is the first of its kind nationally is enticing,” said Erica Crandall from Crandell’s Plumbing in Huntington Beach. “Being a newer business, we are honored with having the opportunity to gain more knowledge to be a leader in energy conservation.”

The businesses participating in the program include Mama’s 39, Mangiamo Gelato Caffe, Bartco Lighting Inc., SeaLegs Wine Bar, Crandall’s Plumbing, Skill Craft Body Shop, Gustafson Brothers Inc., Slapfish, and Home Run Media Group, among others.

“The diversity of businesses involved in the program is a reminder to us all that sustainable business management is community wide and Village Green Global in conjunction with the [Business & Entrepreneurship Center] and the [Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce] look forward to assisting each organization in obtaining their goals over the life of this program,” said Doug Smith, Village Green Global founder and CEO.

Pegasus School and Huntington Beach High School will also be participating in the program. Both schools will receive education in sustainable practices and how they can be applied in the workplace and learning environment.

“We are very excited to be taking part in this program,” said Greg Goran, sustainability advisor for Huntington Beach High School.  “Not only will our school site have a great opportunity to reduce its environmental impact and save the school thousands of dollars a year, but we will also be training our students in the environmental audit process which they can then use to benefit their family and friends in the community.  We are also working on developing an entrepreneurial component where our students will get exposure to green industries and local businesses, eventually gaining employment opportunities by the time they graduate.”

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