Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories about local businesses who are using conservation methods.
Fourteen local businesses have earned recognition for their conservation efforts with water, energy, transportation and recycling, earning them the elite SILVER status awarded by Wayne Businesses Conserve (WBC), one of the many projects sponsored by SEEDS, your local Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support organization.
In order to reach the Silver level 36 or more points had to be achieved on the WBC application. Points are given for conservation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning; lighting, door, computer and water controls; weatherization and insulation; transportation incentives; purchasing and waste prevention; recycling; and behavior leadership.
The WBC program is modeled off several other successful programs in the United States and is funded in part by PPL-Electric Utilities E-Power. To participate in the program, or get more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-630-0592.
These conservation efforts are saving businesses money as well as resources, and contribute to the economic health of northeastern Pennsylvania.
We want to recognize their efforts and share their conservation goals with our readers.
Please help support the businesses that are prioritizing conservation!
The first business is Nature's Grace, 947 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431;
(570) 253 3469;
Owner: James Stunkard
Participant since 2010
No. of employees: 8-10
Years in Honesdale: 29
Most Proud of: Recycling. It's a big commitment. Jamie estimates that he saves, sorts and recycles over 10,000 pounds of recyclables each year. Every week he drives it over to the recycling center. Kudos Jamie!
Easiest Conservation Change: CFL bulbs
Greatest Challenge: Refrigeration. Have to keep food cold. Refrigeration is a big challenge. Jamie has begun insulating his reach-in coolers at night to try to save energy.
Future Plans: Support our local economy, and create a lifestyle around it by striving to be a model for a sustainable business.