Howard County is on its way to becoming the “Silicon Valley” of Green Business.
The Howard County Green Business Council (HCGBC), created by County Executive Ken Ulman, is a rapidly growing organization of green-sector companies. Members also include companies who are in the process of “greening” their operations. Led by an enthusiastic board of directors, and encouraged by newly enhanced support of the Howard County Office of Environmental Sustainability, the Green Business Council has expanded its membership and the programs and opportunities offered to its members.
Each month, business leaders meet to network and attend educational events focused on green industries and on techniques for companies who wish to improve the environmental performance of their operations. Educational sessions are usually sponsored by a green company, and sometimes events are held at company sites. A recent program included a panel of experts on solar technology and financing options, and included a tour of a solar roof installation at SolarEnergyWorks in Elkridge. An upcoming program, on August 15, will be sponsored by CQI Associates, LLC, Energy Management and Energy Procurement Consultants, which is a new member company of the HCGBC.
If you would like to attend the event on August 15, you are more than welcome, whether you are a business leader or simply someone who is interested in the growing green economy. The program will include speakers on climate change science and its business implications, will be followed by lively discussion, and will feature a delicious meal at Eggspectations. You can get complete information about the event and register to attend on the web site, by clicking on the event title on the home page, or going directly to this link. [http://www.hocogreenbiz.org/upcoming-events/31–2012-08–15-event]
The Green Business Council offers green companies a chance to work together to drive the expanding green economy. It also offers large companies with complex organizational structures the chance to access a diverse group of green product and service offerings, which enables them to make environmental improvements in a coordinated way in a number of areas. The Green Business Council also advocates for green-sector companies, to help them acquire the support of the County and State. The Green Business Council helps green companies grow and all companies go green.
To learn more about the Green Business Council, visit their web site at www.hocogreenbiz.org.