Green Plus Success Stories

10 Nov

As promised, here are some success stories Sarah Kate and Kirsten shared with me.


This is one of Sara Kate’s favorite stories. Is it possible to have accounting firm that cares about sustainability as much as the bottom line? It’s no fairytale. “It all started because of an employee. It changed not only some of their practices, but also their culture. It opened their eyes a bit to the possibilities that exist. I love how the program was a change-agent at HPG”

The Taylor Companies

Sara Kate and Kirsten both really liked this example, because it shows that sustainability is for just about everyone. Jeff, the CEO of The Taylor Companies, is an example of an everyman business owner. “He was someone who what skeptical of sustainability as perhaps being a little ‘too hippy.’ These are union guys after all. Well, he took at look at the sustainability programs with an analytical eye and found that it saved him a lot of money in reducing waste. So much, in fact, it pays for two people’s salaries at his company. They’re able to fit all of their waste into a 5’ x 8’ dumpster for the month–which is incredible for their business. Now, he’s a huge evangelist of sustainability, everyone he meets hears about how they should be focusing on sustainability.”

Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center

By far, this was Kirsten’s favorite story. It gave her chills just telling it. Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center has been a family-owned business in businesss for over 50 years. It would have been very easy to keep doing what’s always been done. But Mark Pons had a different vision.

“After renovating their 104-year-old building they have dual-flush toilets, water conservation and solar panels. His business has grown so much that he has been able to hire 5 new employees.”

But he didn’t stop there. “He looked at the people section of the Green Plus diagnostic. One of the questions is ‘Do you give your employees two conquerent days off?’ At that time he kept his business open on Saturday,” as most car care business do. “He wasn’t sure how much it was going to cost, but he decided to try closing shop on Saturdays so employees could spend that time with their families. What happened is they didn’t lose any revenue. People just brought their cars in during the week. Word got out that the shop was closed on the weekend and that Marc actually cared about the employees. In the end he’s been able to attract the most qualified canidates for job openings. “

More Companies and How You Can Get Involved

That’s just three stories. There are 110 other companies, each with their own successes, in the Green Plus Directory. I encourage you to reward these businesses that have committed to sustainability and also refer companies to the program.

Getting Involved

“We would love and encourage your financial donations. We could use some help funding our marketing efforts and technology to reach even more businesses.

Also, we love to see champions in the public. If you’re passionate about this program, we’d love to hear from you. We’d love for self-motivated people to help us get the message out.”

Here’s how you can contact them:





2 Responses to “Green Plus Success Stories”

  1. Lauren Joyce December 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    I am the employee at HPG that started the green movement. I can’t say enough about the Green Plus Program and the individuals from the Institute for Sustainable Development who helped us through the process. I am glad to see the word getting out there and hope that more companies will get on board!


  1. Green Plus: Sustainability for All « Amplifying Good - November 18, 2010

    […] To Sara Kate and Kirsten the stories are the most rewarding part of the job. It’s the stories that show how Green Plus brings real change to businesses.  They had some great stories about small businesses that have gone through the program with unbelievable results. I want to do those stories justice, so they’ll go in their own post. […]

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