Charlottesville’s second Better Business Challenge, a year-long sustainability competition for local companies, wraps up in May, but founder Teri Kent wants business owners to know there’s still plenty of time to get onboard—and save a lot.
Kent, creator of local environmental blog Better World Betty, kicked off the first challenge in 2012 as a way to encourage businesses to chip away at waste and inefficiency. Participants use scorecards to track things like energy use and recycling, and can take advantage of workshops, energy audits, and other tools along the way. Last year, 106 companies joined in. This year’s crew is up to 67 so far, and includes some bigger corporations, like Whole Foods and Plow & Hearth.
“It just takes one person to take initiative and come up with out-of-the-box ideas, and if they have the support of the company owner or manager, they can really fly with it,” Kent said. — Full Story at C-Ville —