July 9, 2013
An increasing number of businesses in Texas are realizing that there are benefits to becoming a more green company. Part of this is that green practices will improve the overall quality of the surrounding community when implemented correctly. This helps to build local loyalty and encourages nearby residents to use the products or services offered over those produced by other companies that do not contribute. Businesses can take several steps to become more green while helping the community as well.
One way to help green the surrounding community is to look for responsible energy providers in the area. Green energy providers often offer discounted commercial rates to businesses that are improving the area. Green providers offer energy from a variety of sustainable sources or from facilities that do not emit harmful compounds into the atmosphere. This can improve the air quality in the community and minimize the use of harmful types of fuel. It also increases accessibility to green energy suppliers for other companies in the area.
Many businesses in Texas are in locations that have green space outside of the building or on the surrounding property. Maintaining these spaces with more than grass will help the community. The spaces should be filled with easily managed drought resistant plants. Members of the community can help by designing layouts of ornamental plants and flowers. Large plantings will improve soil quality and could even filter rainwater before it enters local water supplies. This beautifies the area, attracts pollinators and improves air and water quality.
Businesses can help the community by reducing the amount of waste generated every week. This could mean moving to a paperless office so that less paper needs to be shredded and disposed of each month. Starting a recycling program will lower the amount of trash that is hauled to local landfills. Recycling also helps to promote local businesses that earn revenue by turning plastics or other materials into reusable substances. Implementing a recycling program can even spill over into the community by making it easier for residential homes and small stores to access recycling services.
A business in Texas can help to green a community by buying as local as possible. Purchasing supplies or other items from distant wholesalers means that more trucks will come into the area causing pollution. Hauling items from distant parts of the state uses more fuel and increases the demand for gasoline. Locating local suppliers will contribute to the economy of the community. It also reduces needless resource usage over time. This creates a greener business and community.