SUMMIT, NJ -  The Summit Green Star Program, recognizing local businesses and community organizations for sustainable business practices, has been launched through a collaboration between the Summit Environmental Commission, Summit Recycling Advisory Committee, Summit Downtown, Inc., and the Suburban Chamber of Commerce.
 
The joint effort has produced a list of green practices in the categories of Reduce Waste, Promote Health, Reduce Energy Use, Promote Green Products, and Support the Community, with a list of specific actions in each area. Businesses and organizations may also submit additional actions that are not currently listed. A total of five actions in at least three categories will qualify participants for the Summit Green Star designation.

A communty-wide benefit of the program will be the ongoing development of a "Best Practices" document that is posted on the City of Summit website Business and Environment pages, as well as the SDI and Chamber of Commerce websites. As applying participants list their sustainable actions, the "Best Practices" sheet will be updated with information on new ideas, vendors for green products, and other resources that will encourage the adoption of more green practices.

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Participation in the Green Star program requires applicants to fill out a one-page information sheet and checklist application available on the City of Summit website under the Business and Environment tabs, as well as via links on the SDI and Chamber of Commerce websites. Once an application has been submitted, a Summit Green Star representative will respond within a few days.

"Summit businesses and other organizations contribute in many ways to Summit's high quality of life and bright future,” explains Summit Environmental Commission Chairman Beth Lovejoy. “Through this collaboration, we want to acknowledge and publicize these sustainable and help provide them with a resource for more innovative and cost-effective green practices."

Questions about the program may be directed to beth.t.lovejoy@gmail.com.