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The “Silicon Valley” of Green Business

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.
Ann Elsen

August 2012


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