Better Business Challenge Encourages Local Companies to Go Green

June 1, 2014

When it comes to going green businesses in the Charlottesville area are taking the leap.

A friendly competition, called the Better Business Challenge, is giving them all the more reason to become environmentally conscious.

"What we've asked these business to do is look at their operations across the sector of water, waste and transportation purchasing leadership and see where in our survey, we call it a scorecard, they have opportunities for cost savings or decreasing their waste or increasing their efficiency," said Teri Kent, director of the Better Business Challenge.

Organized by LEAP and Better World Betty, companies like Harvest Moon Catering have signed on to make small or big changes to decrease their environmental impact.

"We obviously rent a lot of equipment out which we encourage never using disposable or throwaway items anyway, but we don't even offer really any throwaway items. We've moved on to a compostable world and try and do as must zero waste as possible," said Rob Gustafson, co-owner of Harvest Moon Catering.

"We created an urban garden out back last year...and we used a lot of containers from our kitchen and from our rental division. Things that would have ordinarily been thrown away," said April Muniz, event coordinator.

The company uses the garden to grow flowers and herbs that the chefs will use for their serving platters.

They have changed all of the office lighting to LED lighting, installed toilet tummies, recycled wine corks used at events, and have even created a system to recycle the dozens of plastic linen bags they go through daily.

The Better Business Challenge is rolling out the green carpet June 19th at the Paramount for its Challenge Awards Night.

Local business, schools and churches that have made a commitment to sustainability will be awarded for their work at the ceremony.

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