Lynnhaven River NOW recognizes it’s first Pearl Businesses
We were thrilled to present the first Pearl Business Awards to 8 Virginia Beach businesses that have been working throughout the past year to achieve this new recognition. We recognized these businesses from the pilot program on July 12, 2018, at the Pearl Business Awards Breakfast held at the Brock Environmental Center. This ceremony marked the launch of the new Pearl Business Program to the Virginia Beach business community.
Each business was recognized for reaching a level of environmental responsibility and sustainability, implementing projects and changes in operations that focus on topics including stormwater management, water conservation, energy conservation, sustainable purchasing, habitat conservation, waste reduction and recycling.
The first cohort of Virginia Beach businesses to receive this award are:
Pearl Business Program
Local businesses are fundamental to the vitality of our beautiful city and can have a lasting impact on our local waterways. Whether a business manufactures goods, sells as a retail establishment or provides important services to our neighbors, it impacts the health and well being of our community. More and more residents of Virginia Beach are becoming conscious of where their money goes and how it is spent. With the many options available, consumers are seeking out businesses that reflect their values of sustainability, social awareness and environmental responsibility.
While residents, schools and faith-based communities have each started moving towards greener practices through the Pearl Homes, Pearl Schools and Pearl Faith Community programs, Lynnhaven River NOW recognizes that active engagement of the private sector is essential to truly move towards a sustainable Virginia Beach and cleaner waters. Businesses within our city are already changing how they work. Some are increasing their energy efficiency, using resources more strategically, reducing waste and pollution, and becoming more socially aware.
Adopting a culture of sustainability within your organization can improve your work environment, guide purchasing decisions and expand your bottom line. With the natural beauty found throughout our city, your customers and employees will value the steps your business takes to become a better steward of the Lynnhaven River, the bay and our planet.
Please visit our Pearl Business Program application to complete your application. Your business is considered an applicant once the application has been completed and the payment has been received. Our Pearl Business Coordinator will be in touch with you soon to help you get started.
For more information, contact Helen Kuhns firstname.lastname@example.org Pearl Programs Coordinator.
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