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Now Accepting New Businesses and Manufacturers!

IGBA is pleased to announce its partnership with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) to provide accreditation assistance for the IGBA’s Green Business Certification Program, the premier green business certification program for public and private organizations.  

Companies and organizations seeking to increase operational efficiency through sustainable practices while cutting costs and gaining recognition are encouraged to participate. ISTC will provide hands-on assistance to organizations interested in achieving certification, as well as connectivity to ISTC’s vast network of contacts and agencies to help in achieving client’s environmental goals.   

IGBA's Green Business Certification Program has been open to businesses and organizations in the office, retail, and restaurant industries, and through this partnership, is now also accepting applications from businesses in the manufacturing/industrial sectors.

Learn more and apply for our Green Business Certification Program here!

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Save the Date: National Green Business Program Summit 

IGBA is excited to announce its leadership in the Green Business Engagement National Network (GBENN), a consortium of unique local, state-wide and national green business programs from across the United States. 

GBENN has announced the 2nd national green business engagement program Summit, taking place on October 19-20, 2016 in St. Louis, MO, hosted by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.

Registration for the GBENN Summit will open in April 2016 and is open to all green business programs interested in networking, learning and sharing best green business program information. Please contact summit@gbenn.org for any questions or inquiries regarding this Summit.

We look forward to seeing your green business program there!

15,552
faucet aerators installed

2,572
metric tons of carbon emissions saved per year

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Rogards Office Plus

Rogards has been in business for over a hundred years. They are a member of the largest office supply buying cooperative in the world. Their global purchasing power allows them to pass savings on to you while the ease of this ordering site saves you time. Although the site has changed, you will find that you are still receiving the same personalized service for which Rogards is well known. They provide next-day delivery for over 35,000 items.

Rogards is committed to increasing recycling efforts. They now recycle a wide variety of items, including paper, plastic, glass, cans, cardboard, batteries (both single-use and rechargeable), CFLs, electronics, scrap metal, pallets, toners and inkjet cartridges, and will soon begin recycling pens. Rogards has reduced their waste by nearly 50% since starting the certification process! They use a number of other recycled content supplies, including paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, post-it notes, paper bags, and chair mats. Rogards is also committed to reducing waste by reusing or recycling nearly 100% of incoming packing materials.
 
Rogards installed faucet aerators in their sinks and reduced water levels in their toilets to conserve water, installed more energy-efficient exit lights with the help of IGBA, and began converting to CFL bulbs. They completed an energy audit with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center to pinpoint ways to continue reducing energy consumption in the future.

Rogards is committed to assisting other businesses in their efforts to adopt greener practices. They offer reusable/refillable office supplies, such as pens, pencils, calendars, and white boards, as well as recycled content paper and paper products, toners, chair mats, trash bags, and recycle bins. They offer bulk break room and bathroom supplies and non-toxic, biodegradable soaps and cleaners. They also carry unbleached paper products, rechargeable batteries, and compact fluorescent light bulbs, and make all these products easy to find in their Green Catalog.

Read a White Paper about Rogards' green efforts >>

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