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Green Business Bureau Receives 2016 Houston Award
Houston Award Program Honors the Achievement
HOUSTON September 15, 2016 — Green Business Bureau has been selected for the 2016 Houston Award in the Business Management Consultant category by the Houston Award Program.
Each year, the Houston Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Houston area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Houston Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Houston Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Houston Award Program
The Houston Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Houston area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Houston Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Houston Award Program
Houston Award Program
For Immediate Release September 20 2016
Cotto’s Cleaning Services Joins Green Business Bureau
Loysville, PA – By committing to going green, Cotto’s Cleaning Services is paving the way for future growth that will make the cleaning services firm more competitive. The company provides janitorial services for residential homes and commercial buildings including offices, banks and schools. Reinforcing their values of using only safe, environmentally sustainable cleaning solutions and chemicals, Cotto’s Cleaning Services has joined the Green Business Bureau, which is a national membership organization that uses an online assessment to certify green businesses. With green certification through GBB, the firm embodies the goal to be the most environmentally responsible and ethically engaged SME in the industry.
The company strives for safety and quality for both their staff and clients. Prior to putting a higher priority on being green, Cotto’s chemicals had pH levels that were beyond a safe concentration for the team to utilize, which caused respiratory issues, headaches and nausea. Management is still in the process of finding the best possible products and gradually switching cleaning chemicals that are comprised of biodegradable components with lower pH levels.
Among the green initiatives they have in place, Cotto’s Cleaning Services uses a biodegradable multi-purpose cleaning solution, and is currently in search of bathroom and floor cleaners with the same concept. In addition, the team carpools to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases and also ensures that all recyclables are disposed of in proper recycling receptacles. Rechargeable batteries and vacuum cleaners are presently being researched as well. Since joining Green Business Bureau, the firm will start providing either/or hard copy or electronic resources to be distributed to clientele to expose the importance of being green and why our involvement with this organization is essential.
For more information on the GBB program, please visit http://www.gbb.org
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About Cotto’s Cleaning Services, LLC: We provide janitorial services for residential homes to commercial buildings including offices, banks and schools. We offer a range of flexible, affordable, quality services to meet the needs of our clients for standard, moving, deep, and construction cleans. We go above and beyond to guaranty we leave an impression for our clients and ensure 100% satisfaction – “We clean, so you won’t have to.”
Claudio Cotto – Owner/Operator
Cotto’s Cleaning Services, LLC
5453 Blain Rd.
Loysville, PA 17047
For Immediate Release September 20, 2016
WINTER PARK, FL – Stony Point, Inc. has joined the Green Business Bureau and achieved green business certification.
Stony Point is committed to encouraging employees to make greener choices in the areas of energy conservation and waste reduction. The Green Business Bureau provides guidance on sustainable practices as Stony Point seeks to continue lowering its environmental impact.
“Everyone has a responsibility to ensure the health of our planet for future generations. Our philosophy of having an entirely remote workforce ensures our employees are green and simultaneously increases their quality of life by giving them back at least 5 hours every week in commuting time.” said Steve Wasula, President of Stony Point, Inc.
Since its founding, all Stony Point employees have worked from home providing the following collective benefits to the environment:
- Saving 96,000 miles a year that would have been driven during commutes
- Reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 39,456,000 grams per year*
- Saving over $100,000 in energy costs for an office by utilizing Regus shared office space when necessary
*Based on average statistics in the following document:https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/420f14040a.pdf
About Stony Point:
Founded in February 2011, Stony Point, a Salesforce Consulting Partner, has rapidly become a leader in promoting Salesforce Adoption. Stony Point offers consulting, training and recruiting services throughout the world with a focus on helping clients recognize a high rate of return on their investment in Salesforce. To learn more about Stony Point and the products and services offered, please visit www.stonyp.com.
Salesforce and others are trademarks of salesforce.com, Inc.
For Immediate Release August 2, 2016
Miami, Florida– According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, approximately 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste. Freedom Fresh is committed to going green in order to create a more sustainable produce supply chain from seed to fork. Their goal is to implement sustainability practices that will improve environmental impact and to ensure the availability and safety of produce to their customers. Because their services support minimizing waste and energy usage, Freedom Fresh feels a particular obligation to be responsible with their choices and actions.
Reinforcing their values of saving natural resources, Freedom Fresh has joined the Green Business Bureau, which is a national membership organization that uses an online assessment to certify green businesses. Freedom Fresh embodies the goal to be the most environmentally responsible and ethically engaged enterprise in the industry and looks forward to working with GBB to implement sustainable business practices in all areas of our business: people, product and performance.
Among Freedom Fresh’s key environmental initiatives:
- Donating unsold produce to Monkey Jungle, a local Miami zoo
- Dumping expired produce into our aerobic, on-site digester that converts waste into fresh water
- Purchasing recyclable office materials whenever possible
- Donating a portion of our profits to Greener Fields Together’s Cultivating Change local farm grant program.
- Monitoring all our truck routes and providing our trucks with fuel-efficient gasoline
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About Freedom Fresh: Freedom Fresh is a South Florida leader in the distribution of fresh produce to cruise ships, export, foodservice and retail establishments.
8901 NW 33rd Street
Doral, FL 33172
(305) 715 – 5700
Point of Contact: Yamilette Ayala, Marketing Manager
For Immediate Release July 20, 2016
Quincy, Massachusetts – When most people think of pest control, toxic chemicals and harmful pesticides come to mind. Many of these pesticides are formulated in a laboratory setting, with little regard to the sustainability of the ecosystem or the planet. As a pest control company, Expert Mosquito & Tick Control feels it is important to make clients realize that they are committed to helping the environment. Their goal is to implement sustainable industry practices that will improve environmental impact and to ensure the health and safety for their customers. The company practices integrated pest control methods, which helps to control mosquitos and ticks using nature as a guide.
Reinforcing their values of environmental conservation and natural resource management, Expert Mosquito & Tick Control has joined the Green Business Bureau, which is a national membership organization that uses an online assessment to certify green businesses. Expert Mosquito & Tick Control embodies the goal to be the most environmentally responsible and ethically engaged enterprise in the industry and looks forward to solidify their commitment to a green environment for their customers.
Among Expert Mosquito & Tick Control’s key environmental initiatives:
- Educate or customers as to which types of plantings and vegetation naturally repel mosquitos and ticks
- Offer a 100% naturally organic option to control mosquitoes and ticks
- All pesticides used are EPA approved as safe for residential applications
- The insecticides are safe for children and pets
- The insecticides also do not harm unintended insects, such as honeybees and butterflies
- Use their products on their own property
For more information on Expert Mosquito & Tick Control, please visit http://www.themosquitoexperts.com
For more information on the GBB program, please visit http://www.gbb.org
About Expert Mosquito & Tick Control: Offers property protection from mosquitoes and ticks to customers in both a residential and commercial capacity. Offers one-time event sprays as well as seasonal protection. Summer in New England is such a short window! Why not enjoy as much time outdoors as possible without the nuisance and health risks associated with mosquitoes and ticks!
For Immediate Release July 15, 2016
Van Eerden Foodservice Company Joins The Green Business Bureau
Grand Rapids, Michigan – By committing to going green, Van Eerden Foodservice Company is paving the way for future growth that will make the foodservice distributor more competitive. Their commitments will reduce their environmental footprint, which in turn will support their clients’ environmental objectives. Since their services support minimizing waste and energy usage, Van Eerden feels a particular obligation to be responsible with their choices and actions.
Reinforcing their values of saving natural resources, Van Eerden has joined the Green Business Bureau, which is a national membership organization that uses an online assessment to certify green businesses. Van Eerden embodies the goal to be the most environmentally responsible and ethically engaged enterprise in the industry, and Green Business Bureau will work closely with the company to achieve that goal. As part the certification process, GBB will:
- Provide continual updates on ways to go green
- Highlight the easier, more attainable, and smaller projects to work on towards going green.
- Schedule quarterly or semiannual webinars with updates and Q&A’s
- GBB rep to come and visit and assess areas for improvements
Since joining, Van Eerden has implemented key environmental initiatives:
- Place a company employee on the organizing committee for the same or another event to achieve maximum involvement and exposure
- Place an outdoor ashtray or cigarette butt can in a convenient space for smokers
- Put your refrigerator and other appliances on timers and turn off refrigerator for 90 minutes twice a night, while nobody is going in/out of it
- Donate leftover and unwanted food-to-food banks
- Install light switch occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when no one is present
- Replace regular light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) that last longer and save energy
- Arrange the workspace to take advantage of areas with natural sunlight; design future spaces with natural lighting opportunities in mind
- Reduce air leaks with weather stripping and caulking around windows and doorways.
- Use lighting more efficiently with task lighting and daylighting
- Arrange for a single delivery of several items from vendors
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About Van Eerden Foodservice: Van Eerden Foodservice Company is an independent, broad line foodservice distributor that is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has provided quality foodservice products and services since 1920 throughout the Midwest. We offer a wide range of national brands and private label dry and frozen foods and serve a diverse group of customers. Van Eerden Foodservice is a partner with Pro*Act, a national network of local produce distributors that has taken on the initiative of Greener Fields Together (GFT). GFT engages every link in the fresh food supply chain – from farmer to distributor to customer – to work toward more conscious production and consumption. The initiative provides a level of assurance that produce sourced and delivered through our network has been grown, harvested and handled using sustainable practices.
Manager of Produce
650 Ionia Ave., SW
Grand Rapids, MI, 49501