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For Green Non-Profits and Associations, Earth Day is a Year-Round Business

Lori Halley 21 April 2009 2 comments

From its humble start as a grassroots demonstration back in 1970, Earth Day has grown into worldwide phenomena with participants from more than 170 countries.  On April 22 each year, individuals and organizations across the globe and every corner of the Internet take action to protect and improve the environment.Earth Day has become more than a matter of personal choice and government policy — and much more than a token nod to public relations — as smart businesses and associations are seeing the very real benefits of going genuinely green.

Socially responsible businesses are committed to learning and educating themselves, each other, and society as a whole; while making continual improvements in the way they operate…  Ultimately, sustainable business is good business. ~ Green To Gold Business Network

As we mark Earth Day 2009, it’s a pleasure to celebrate just a few of the worthy organizations who use their Wild Apricot websites to help carry out their Earth-friendly missions all year round, moving our consumer society toward a more sustainable future:

The Hawaii Ecotourism Association works to protect Hawaii’s unique environment and culture through the promotion of responsible travel and educational programs relating to ecotourism. Specifically, they advocate for small group, low-impact tours that are culturally and environmentally sensitive, and recognize tourism operations and travel writers who exemplify those ideals.

Meanwhile, the Hawaii chapter of the US Green Building Council works to promote ecological stewardship and leadership in the building industry of those environmentally sensitive islands, through sustainable planning, design, and construction. (Other USGBC chapters carry out a similar mission across other regions of the United States, including South Florida and the North Carolina Triangle.)

In Colorado,  the Boulder Green Building Guild brings together building professionals who are dedicated to promoting healthier, resource-efficient homes and workplaces. The association’s mission is “to advance the craft of green building; support our members’ environmentally-responsible endeavors; provide effective volunteer opportunities; and be the focal point for communication on green building” — to empower people to build healthy, resource-efficient communities.

The Green Resource Center For Alabama, similarly, provides information and resources to help homeowners, industry professionals and policymakers learn about design, construction and maintenance practices for environmentally sustainable living. 

On a global scale, the International Society for Industrial Ecology helps to connect scientists, engineers, policymakers, managers and advocates who want to discover better ways of integrating environmental concerns with economic activities. The group promotes the use of industrial ecology in research, education, policy, community development, and industrial practices to find innovative solutions for complex environmental problems.

We envision a better world as a result of quicker application of sustainable business practices, and we want to help bring the people, ideas, and resources together to facilitate advancement [in sustainable technology]. ~ Green Valley Network

What other examples of green business iniatives and education have you noticed lately? How is your own community, company, or non-profit organization planning to celebrate Earth Day? Leave us a comment to share the green news!

Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Tuesday, 21 April 2009 at 2:42 PM


  • Noah Pollock said:

    Wednesday, 22 April 2009 at 5:19 AM

    Here at the Institute for Global Sustainability (http://learn.uvm.edu/igs/), at the University of Vermont, we are trying to create future leaders for the types of sustainable businesses you describe in this article. We provide series of classes that allow recent graduates, current graduate students, and professionals an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to be leaders in the field of sustainable business, ecological economics, and collaborative management.

    For example, the Sustainable Business: Practices in Support of People, Profits and Principles (July 6 — 10, & July 24, 2009) is a five-day intensive summer program that offers the opportunity to learn and apply new principles of designing, organizing and managing a business based on sustainability.

    Learn more about this and other courses at


  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 22 April 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Thanks for this, Noah - good to see that you offer both credit and non-credit courses, too!

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