Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Green Landscaping Business Certification Program

The Green Business Certification Program has expanded to include the Green Landscape Business Certification Program, and I was glad to help congratulate the first seven certified businesses yesterday in Garrett Park.

The new program expands eligibility for the Green Business Certification Program beyond businesses with office-based operations to the landscaping sector. It emphasizes actions landscape companies can take for their clients to enhance County environmental goals, including reducing or eliminating pesticides and fertilizers; planting native canopy trees; installing rain gardens to capture and filter stormwater; creating conservation landscapes; reducing mowing areas to cut emissions; and conserving water.

Landscape businesses, such as garden centers, or those offering design, installation or maintenance services are eligible for the program. To be certified, a landscape business must meet requirements from a checklist of over 130 actions. Learn more.

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