vermont green business program

Vermont Green Restaurants Standards

The Vermont Green Restaurant program is a recognition program for environmental leaders in the hospitality sector. Owners, managers, and employees demonstrate achievement of Environmental Best Management Practices, some required and some elective, and an ongoing commitment to reducing environmental impact of business operations.

To become a Vermont Green Restaurant, businesses must achieve seven standards and a number of other environmental best management practices.

Businesses must meet each of the standards below.

Apply To Be A Vermont Green Links

A golf course that wants to be a member of the Vermont Green Links (VGL) program must meet eight environmental standards in resource conservation and waste reduction. They also must be in compliance with all applicable DEC regulatory requirements. These may include:

  • hazardous waste management
  • above ground and underground petroleum storage tanks
  • water supply
  • wastewater
  • solid waste management

Program representatives provide free technical assistance through an on-site visit and by phone.

To join:

Vermont Green Grocery Environmental Leader Standards

The Vermont Green Grocery Environmental Leader program is a recognition program for environmental leaders in the grocery sector.  Owners, managers, and employees demonstrate achievement of Environmental Best Management Practices and an ongoing commitment to reducing environmental impact of business operations.
To become a Green Grocery Environmental Leader, a business must demonstrate achievement of certain required practices and a specified number of elective practices in each of the following categories:

Green Business Member Standards

Standards for becoming a Vermont Green Business are based on environmental best management practices. These standards are subject to change as environmental technologies and practices improve.

Businesses must meet each of the standards below. New initiatives are strongly encouraged for fulfilling these standards whenever possible. Businesses are credited for existing initiatives.

Clean Marina Standards

Marinas receiving the Clean Marina designation must meet each of the standards below.  New initiatives are strongly encouraged for fulfilling these standards, whenever possible.   Businesses will be credited for recent or existing initiatives.

Designate an environmental team or representative at your facility to ensure the standards are met and new initiatives are developed.

Adopt and communicate an Environmental Policy statement.

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