Green Business Practices
Go Green NRV Business Program
Go Green NRV encourages businesses to participate in this NRV initiative regardless of how many or how few sustainable practices are currently implemented in your buildings and operations. The goal of Go Green NRV participating businesses is to progressively implement sustainable practices that are feasible for your business plan.
For a fee, companies can join the Go Green Business Program and receive recognition from Go Green NRV. To learn more, visit http://www.gogreennrv.com/getting_started.html
Waste Audit Program
The Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority helps businesses become more efficient in waste disposal and recycling through their Waste Audits Program.
Why audit? There are sound reasons. Primarily, companies need to know exactly what their current situation is – in order to determine what steps to take to reduce costs and create revenue.
- Step 1 - Set up an appointment. Our process specialists employ a site audit form. We use this to supplement any information we've already developed about your company.
- Step 2 - Plant tour. We carefully review a company’s basic operational processes in order to understand material flows, equipment placement, labor efficiencies, etc. Our process specialists will review their recycling and solid-waste equipment, looking for insights that could lead to new ideas for more effective handling of materials.
- Step 3 - A series of process recommendations that are developed around the company's specific needs, situation and culture.
The Montgomery Regional Solid Waste Authority’s Recycling Processing Facility and Administrative Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Set up your waste audit today!
Connecting your employees to transportation choices is just one way to green your business. Becoming a RIDE Solutions Workplace Partner is a FREE and easy way to promote commuting options - like carpooling, vanpools, transit, and cycling - to your employees. Using computer mapping software, RIDE Share Solutions facilitates the formation of carpools based on commuters' origin and destination points, their schedule and lifestyle parameters. RIDE Share Solution also connects commuters to transit routes and offers free taxi rides home in the event of a personal emergency, providing peace of mind for those who worry about being stuck at work.
Employers looking to get ahead in emerging green industries can do so with CREATES (Construction, Retrofitting, and Energy-Efficiency Assessment Training and Employment System). With CREATES, businesses can positively impact their bottom line by enhancing the skills and job scope of their current staff or taking on new employees with state of the art “green” skill sets.
Did You Know?
The Blacksburg metro was ranked 28th in 2010, 31st in 2009 and 10th in 2008 by Forbes as the “Best Small Place for Business and Careers”.