March 25th, 2011
I’m very proud to announce that not only has Miss Malaprop been awarded the Green America Business Seal of Approval, but I’m also sponsoring a similar endeavor here in New Orleans called LifeCity that is focused on the greening of local businesses!
First off, a little about the Green America Business Seal of Approval. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, and I’ve finally gotten to the point in my business where I felt it was a good time to apply. The Seal of Approval means I’m now part of the Green Business Network, which is a branch of Green America, a non-profit founded in 1982. (Which means it’s a year older than me, what?!?) Green America has been working a little longer than my lifetime to help change the world – their mission “is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.”
One of the ways they do this is through projects like the Green Business Network and their publication, the National Green Pages. If a business is listed here, you can be SURE that they really are doing their best to be green. Seriously, the application process I went through was pretty rigorous, they asked a lot of questions on their initial application, and then came back multiple times with follow up questions. They want to make sure that the businesses they tell others to support are not guilty of green-washing.
“Be the Change” handmade recycled greeting card by Paper-NOLA
I’m also really excited about this because I looked it up out of curiosity, and I have become only the 3rd business in the entire state of Louisiana to be approved! And one of the other two businesses is my friend Karen Kempf’s biz, Paper-NOLA. You might have noticed, I already carry her handmade recycled paper greeting cards in my shop!
Another friend, who Karen actually introduced me to, is working on a similar, locally based project here in New Orleans. Liz Shepard has dubbed herself “Chief Sustainability Officer” of a project called LifeCity, which is a membership-based organization that supports the development of green businesses in Louisiana, while educating citizens about green products and services.
LifeCity’s initial offerings include The Green Card, which gets you discounts and deals at your favorite eco-friendly local businesses and helps to support a green economy here in Louisiana. LifeCity is also hosting the first ever Green Games, which will put local businesses through an assessment similar to what I went through to get approved for the Green Business Network. The competition is a year long, and it just started earlier this week on March 20th. At end of the contest, in April 2012, Natural Awakenings Magazine and LifeCity will hold an awards dinner to honor and reward the most successful and most improved companies participating in the contest.
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