About Green Star
Green Star is a USEPA-award-winning organization established to recognize businesses and organizations that voluntarily meet and exceed Green Star's high standards of environmental responsibility. When these standards have been met and peer-reviewed to the satisfaction of the Green Star Standards Committee, the organization receives Green Star Award certification. Recertification occurs every two years.
By meeting the standards, organizations demonstrate to the public that they have gone well beyond compliance with environmental regulations, and have voluntarily implemented a thorough pollution prevention and energy efficiency plan. Aspects of this plan include examining all waste streams (solid waste, utility usage etc.) and eliminating waste through smarter purchasing, restructuring employee procedures, maintaining or updating equipment and recycling.
Green Star is both pro-business and pro-environment. We find that organizations that are more environmentally responsible also have a stronger bottom line. By examining an organization's waste streams and making internal changes to reduce them, significant financial savings -– as well as environmental savings – can be gained.