Lisa New hesitated to have the Knoxville Zoo take part in the GoGreenET Business Recognition Program because she, its board and staff have a lot they still want to accomplish to make the zoo sustainable.
Sustainability, however, for most of us is a journey. None of us have the resources to make improvements overnight -- it's generally one step at a time and those steps vary depending on the time, money and attention we can spend at any given time.
The GoGreenET program is about recognizing that all of us can play a role in making our community greener.
The program's Green Achievers have downloaded the survey form GoGreenET.com that outlines 100-plus ways organizations can reduce their carbon footprint. Each checked at least one item in each category and scored at least 30 points -- most many more.
More than 100 private companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies have taken the GoGreenET challenge in the program's fourth year.
Thanks to sponsors KUB, the Knoxville Chamber and Thermocopy for their continuing support.
In particular, we've highlighted several organizations that have undertaken initiatives that others can model to create their own. Their stories are below.
Knoxville Locomotive Works - Startup manufacturer's locomotive powers efforts cut emissions
Gerdau Knoxville Mill - Steel rebar manufacturer aims for zero landfill waste
Knoxville Zoo - Zoo reduces its own energy use, footprint
Oak Ridge Associated Universities - Two-day event at ORAU collects 10,000 pounds of trash
A full list of participating organizations is below, or find them on our Green Achievers page.