Charlottetown Certified Sustainable Business Program
What is the Certified Sustainable Business Program?
The Certified Sustainable Business Program (CSB) is a partnership between The City of Charlottetown, efficiencyPEI, and Island Waste Management Corporation that aims to empower businesses to bring sustainability into the workplace. This program is open to all Charlottetown businesses to voluntarily participate. It is about working with businesses to help them reduce their environmental impact, save money on operating costs, and enhance their engagement with the community.
Why should this program matter to small business owners/managers?
Becoming a Certified Sustainable Business will show patrons and potential employees alike that your business has a sense of social and environmental responsibility. Studies have shown that businesses who make an effort to be sustainable and community minded attract high quality job applicants and that customers prefer to spend their money in these types of establishments.
- Save $$: Our team of experts will perform a sustainability audit on your business. The process will provide you with feasible and relevant advice specific to your business. Discover ways you can save money through sustainability and energy efficiency.
- Support and Training: Receive comprehensive sustainability training for all or a percentage of your staff! Each business will receive a detailed report on how they can improve their energy efficiency, waste management and general sustainability. The findings of this report will be presented to staff following the audit, and ongoing training will be provided to businesses who receive the Certified Sustainable Business Certification.
- Promotional Opportunities: Each month a Certified Sustainable Business will be featured in a 'spotlight' article The spotlight feature will include a photo and some details on your efforts to operate sustainably. The City of Charlottetown and efficiencyPEI will share the spotlights on their social media accounts, websites, as well as in print through local news publications. We encourage you to show off your sustainable status to the community and we will provide you with a window/door decal to display at your storefront.
How can my business sign up?
Not sure how to go green? We have you covered! The City of Charlottetown's Sustainability Department, efficiencyPEI and Island Waste Management have developed a comprehensive checklist of sustainable practices that are reasonably attainable and worth striving for. This checklist also forms the basis of the certification program!
Submit your contact information here. Charlottetown's Sustainability Outreach Coordinator will then contact you to set up a site assessment and review the checklist in more detail with you in relation to your unique business.
If you receive the required amount of points to achieve certification, your business will receive a framed certificate and glass decal notifying the community of your sustainable status! We will also provide recommendations and support toward improving your score and the sustainability of your business.
Check out the CSB promotional video for more information!