BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden have joined forces, combining their education and volunteer efforts to launch a new, innovative partnership called GROW. The collaborative will be introduced during a free event 1-4 p.m. March 3.
What Is It?
The Business Smart program is a performance-based recognition program for businesses and industries that promote environmentally-sustainable choices in the course of daily operations. This city-sponsored sustainability initiative is designed to assist Fort Worth business owners and operators make their operations, facilities, and bottom line “greener” in four areas: waste reduction, water and energy conservation, and clean transportation options. Business Smart staff will be available to answer questions and concerns, set up audits and reviews, and offer resources and advice at each step of the process.
With Business Smart comes recognition as a leader in sustainability. In addition to accessing the resources of the City of Fort Worth to help make your business more environmentally friendly and cost effective, your business will gain public recognition as a business that balances present needs with protection of the environment for today and for future generations. It means making decisions about waste, energy, water and transportation that do the least possible damage to the environment and conserve resources within the profit margins of your business.
Who Can Join?
Any business owned or operated within the city limits of Fort Worth can become a part of Business Smart. Businesses that already operate under green initiatives can achieve higher levels of recognition and become a model for others striving to meet the same goals. Although building-wide initiatives can be more effective, the program is designed to allow tenant-operated businesses to achieve positive results in the Business Smart areas under their control.
How To Join?
Become Business Smart by being located in Fort Worth, registering with the program, completing the checklist with a minimum sustainability score of 50 and agreeing to report recycling, water and energy usage on an annual basis to the Business Smart staff. There is no charge for joining Business Smart. City services are provided free of charge. There may be costs associated with vendor audits, retrofitting and improvements to make your facilities more sustainable.
Join today to become Business Smart tomorrow.
Participants can choose their own public location to clean, or can choose one of eight predesignated cleanup hubs. After the cleanup, head to the Earth Party. The event goes on March 24; registration runs through Feb. 28.