Green Business Principles Increase the Green in your Pocket: Free Training to Protect the Earth

Fort Wayne businesses are ready to take the lead, in positively protecting our environment and the City'€™s Energy and Environmental Services Department has a free program to guide them.

The department is launching the first ever training program for Environmental Certification for Businesses. The event will be Tuesday, March 3, 2009 in the Gallery Room at the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce from 8:30am to 11:30am.

The program will train businesses on how to be more energy efficient so they can save money and help the environment.  

“This is an opportunity for business to get some guidance, not only from us at the training session, but from other businesses that have already made the green transformation.  We will partner each business that signs up with a mentor that has already implemented money-saving green initiatives,” said Mayor Tom Henry, City of Fort Wayne.

By attending the free three-hour training session and completing the easy to accomplish requirements, business will become Green certified.

“These are voluntary, non-regulatory targets that are certainly achievable and that will make a positive impact on the environment. Business efforts to conserve energy, reduce waste and to recycle will have an extraordinary effect on the environment for years to come,” said Wendy Barrott, Manager, Environmental Services Department.

Each business completing the requirements will be recognized by the City of Fort Wayne as a Certified Green Business.  After achieving the certification, the business will receive the City'€™s “Green City” logo, which can be used for marketing purposes.

For those in the media, this might be a good opportunity to take the lead on green initiatives in the community. It could be an opportunity for many follow-up stories monitoring your magazine, newspaper or station'€™s progress in the transformation.

To register, please email or call Mary Lopez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 427-6050.

Registration is limited to the first 50 businesses to sign-up. The registration deadline is Tuesday, February 24, 2009.