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Green Achievers: Diverse paths available to becoming greener

Originally published in the Greater Knoxville Business Journal May 2012 issue and, were feature stories from the essays provided by several of our Green Achiever applicants

Green doesn't have to be red or blue.

As Mayor Madeline Rogero points out in the Business Journal cover story, her recent predecessors -- Republican and Democrat alike -- made Knoxville a greener place, whether that meant creating more parks, renovating city facilities to make them energy efficient or launching a curbside recycling service.

In her inaugural budget address, Rogero outlined "living green and working green" as a top priority for her administration. She defines that broadly, as do the dozens of organizations that participated in our GoGreenET Business Recognition program. Each of them downloaded a survey that includes 100-plus ways to reduce their carbon footprint. By checking at least one item in each category and scoring at least 30 points, participating businesses become Green Achievers.

Several businesses and their accomplishments are highlighted in the stories below in the areas of community outreach, recycling/waste reduction and energy efficiency. Their stories illuminate how many shades of green exist, and I hope they'll inspire you to find a shade that works for your organization.

Join us at a Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. May 15 to celebrate their achievements and learn more about making your own workplace greener. The event will be held at the University of Tennessee Gardens, just off Neyland Drive next to the UT Veterinary School. RSVP by calling the Knoxville Chamber at 865-246-2622 or visit and click Chamber Events.

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