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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

EnviroStars of Whatcom County

October 31, 2007

EnviroStars is a rating system in Whatcom County (Washington, U.S.A.) available to businesses to communicate their commitment to the environment to customers.

The EnviroStars rating system is based on a company’s commitment to hazardous waste reduction.  The more hazardous waste reduced, the more stars received.

The rating system is as follows:

  • ** 2 stars - received for proper management of hazardous waste
  • *** 3 stars - received for reducing the amount of hazardous waste by changing practices, processes or products
  • **** 4 stars - received for taking comprehensive action to reduce waste in all aspects of the business
  • ***** 5 stars - received by showing you are a leader in preventing hazardous waste and in recycling solid waste.

The different rating levels receive different forms of recognition, which include certificates, decals for windows, advertising, special recognition at community events, and media profiles.

Businesses can display the EnviroStar decal in store windows, use the EnviStar logo in their own marketing efforts, hang the certificate of recognition, and be profiled in the local media, for instance.

Waste management approaches also reduce transportation-related emissions and overall energy savings by reusing items that would otherwise have to be manufactured. Also, a dependence on landfills can be reduced through waste prevention and recycling measures, resulting in the further elimination of greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on the importance of waste management, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Whatcom County is one of 246 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please go to www.iclei.org/usa.

Source:  “EnviroStars Program”, Public Works of Whatcom County at www.whatcom.wa.us.