Campaign launched to draw businesses into green program

Montgomery County is launching a campaign to sign up more businesses for the Dayton Regional Green 3 program, the county’s inititive to encourage environmentally friendly business practices.

The Green 500 Challenge is aimed at signing up 500 “DRG3 Certified Green Businesses” in 2013 that should help businesses realize cost and operational savings, said Brianna M. Wooten of Montgomery County Environmental Services. The campaign is suported by the city of Dayton, Montgomery County, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, DP&L, DPL Energy, upDayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, and Heapy Engineering.

Organizations pursuing certification this year including Heidelberg Distributing Company, Dayton Children’s Medical Center, the Dayton Art Institute, Harmony Farm, SunWatch Indian Village, Schlegel Creative, and Greater Dayton RTA.

Wooten said DPL Energy, Salem Office Products, and BioGreen Choice are supporting the challenge by offering deals to Green Certified businesses.