On Jan. 19, 2006, Dave’s Auto Repair became the first Sarasota County Green Business Partner. Join us in this blog series over the next several months as we highlight our partners by looking back over the past 15 years of this fantastic partnership!
Through this series of posts, we will be highlighting our GBP members to show how important each is to our efforts and to recognize their importance in our community. To learn more about our partners and how to join the program visit our participating partner’s webpage.
Sarasota County Green Business Partners: A look back – 2013 (Part 1)
Pedego is committed to providing quality service to the community and offering Alternative Responsible and Sustainable Transportation through electric bikes. Alternative forms of transportation reduce car dependency and carbon emissions. Pedego business operations attempt to reduce their ecological footprint by monitoring water use, trash, recycling, and office supply use. The business is also involved in other environmental programs including the Sustainable Sarasota Community Partnership and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Green Business Leadership Council.
ARCpoint Labs of Sarasota is the leader in drug, alcohol, DNA and background screening and is among the fastest growing third-party providers in the drug-screening industry. Since opening for business in September 2011, owner Nancy Erickson realized the importance of what the lab gives back to the community. By becoming a Green Business Partner, ARCpoint Labs of Sarasota demonstrates its commitment to the environment through recycling efforts, low-flow water fixtures and energy conservation measures.
Mandala Med Spa and Yoga Shala is an Indonesian-infused medical and holistic day spa, offering body, mind, and spirit wellness through a variety of traditional beauty and healing therapies.
Mandala Med Spa and Yoga Shala is committed to environmental stewardship in numerous ways. In eliminating single use plastic bottles, spa guests are provided reverse osmosis drinking water in reusable glasses. Non-toxic tea tree oil and Kangen water is used in numerous cleaning applications. Washers and dryers are top of the line Eco-friendly, energy, and water efficient. The entire staff at Mandala Med-Spa is committed seeking environmentally friendly alternatives to reduce, reuse, and conserve resources.
Dr. Barnett is a double board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon. Recycling, energy and water conservation are significant interests of Dr. Barnett. Regularly, the staff evaluates ways to be more environmentally responsible, from efficient lighting choices, to reusing packing materials, to installing low-flow toilets and faucet aerators. Additionally, the grounds are not treated with pesticides and the low-maintenance landscaping relies on rainfall for water.
Calcs-Plus is a professional heating and air conditioning design company specializing in both residential and light commercial work. They have been providing residential and commercial HVAC load calculations and energy code calculations since 1991. Calcs-Plus demonstrates their commitment to green initiatives through energy reduction, water conservation and recycling measures. Using a combination of compact fluorescents and LED lighting, insulation, window film and natural light, the office can reduce energy costs and impacts. Calcs-Plus recycling efforts include collecting aluminum cans for Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, Calcs-Plus promotes company wellness and carpooling efforts among its employees.
Kinetico Quality Water Systems of SWFL is the only authorized Kinetico dealer in Southwest Florida. The company has been locally owned and operated in SWFL since 1997. Kinetico Quality Water Systems of SWFL has always been focused on being green savvy, however through this process we have been educated on even more ways to be efficient. We have always been a believer in recycling and proper disposal of waste, however, through this process we are implementing a system which will allow us to recycle items that we were not aware of in the past that could be recycled. We have invested in new LED lighting throughout our building and a new hot water heater shut off system, as well as lighting sensors throughout the building. These new practices will not only be a considerable savings but will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint going forward.
Lasting Looks of Sarasota offers nutritional skincare, permanent makeup, oncology, aesthetics and massage services. Owner Mary McAndrews works to run a healthy and eco-conscious business. Eco-friendly retail products are sourced from companies who use minimal and bio-degradable packing materials. Customer bags are composed of recycled content and labels are printed with soy-based ink. Linens, lab coats, makeup, and organic body products are often donated to various charitable organizations for reuse. Event marketing is done electronically, through social media. The facility is painted with no-VOC paint. Lighting is being updated to more energy efficient lighting.
Coastal Printing is an innovative printing company driven towards one mission ‘ to assist you by producing communication media that will enhance your business. Founded in 1971, Coastal is one of the largest independently owned printing firms in the Sarasota-Bradenton area serving customers locally, statewide and across the entire US region. Coastal Printing became a recognized “Green Printer” to help their customers remain at the forefront of environmental compliance and eco-citizenship. Through campaigns and programs such as ChoosePrint.org, Coastal Printing is helping millions of trees to be replanted every year and forests to be responsibly managed to maintain and grow wildlife populations, control water run-off, and erosion ‘ helping our planet’s atmosphere sustain its balance in the face of global warming.
The Baltimore Orioles Spring Training facility at Ed Smith Stadium scores a grand slam by meeting and exceeding many of the environmental standards in the Green Business Partnership program. Seventy percent of Ed Smith Stadium’s annual electricity use is offset by renewable energy sources. Solar panels heat locker room water. Reclaimed water is used for toilet flushing in restrooms. Reflective roofing materials reduce the heat island effect. The fields and landscaping are irrigated with reclaimed water. Fans can’t miss the abundant ‘Fan Can’ recycling stations modeled after an Orioles batting helmet. The site is bicycle and public transportation accessible.
One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state’s most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Myakka River State Park has a dedicated staff that works to promote environmental conservation. The park uses eco-friendly cleaning products, and one staff member makes their own vinegar-based cleaning supplies for others to use. Additionally, the park does not use any pesticides or fertilizers. Myakka River State Park looks to educate visitors in the importance of energy and water conservation. Their guest cabin areas have been converted to more include efficient lighting sources, low flow water facilities and blinds are closed to keep rooms cooler.
Heritage Oaks is a private, gated, member-owned golf community that boasts a friendly atmosphere and a very active lifestyle in a paradise-like setting. The course is a certified Audubon Sanctuary, helping to establish wildlife areas, remove invasive plants and establish buffer zones along shorelines and retention ponds. It has a beautiful setting that includes over 50 acres of wetlands and nature preserves. The club has implemented several energy savings measures such as: installing energy star rated equipment, a Wattmiser system for charging golf carts, high efficiency vertical air handlers/condensing units, air curtain on exterior kitchen door, and switching lighting to T-8, compact fluorescents, and LED bulbs.
As a Green Business Partner, Truist reduces paper consumption in numerous ways. Client documents are scanned instead of photocopied; emails aren’t printed, and new hire employee kits are distributed electronically. Green purchasing measures include purchasing recycled content products such as copy paper, toilet paper, and hand towels. Employees use reusable beverage containers, and they don’t use disposable wares in their staff kitchen. Conscious of our waterways, parking lot storm drains are marked with placards through the Storm Water Program.
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc is the area’s premier leadership experience for girls. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. As a Green Business Partner, the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida meets and exceeds program standards. The building is LEED certified, featuring low-flow toilets and faucets, abundant natural light, energy-efficient lighting (CFL bulbs) throughout, and Florida-native and drought-resistant plants, providing a beautiful and inviting natural landscape.
The mission of the YMCA is to promote Judeo-Christian principles through programs that build a healthy mind, body, and spirit for all. To become a partner of the program, the Y was evaluated on several key areas, including recycling, water and energy conservation, solid waste disposal and overall environment standards. In addition to meeting the partnership standards, the Y also has an environmentally friendly geo-thermal pool system that cools and heats the Olympic sized pool. Also, in the last year the Y renovated its 25-year-old gymnasium’s roof and cooling system to improve energy efficiency.
The Jefferson Center is a not-for-profit senior residence that was founded in 1968 to provide equal housing opportunity for senior retirement living. A recycling program was implemented that included education of residents and staff, monitoring program progress and publicizing results. To optimize energy and water conservation opportunities, the Center replaced 435 windows with e-tinted, impact resistant ones, installed a new reflective roof made from recycled content, and upgraded their HVAC systems with a frictionless, centrifugal chiller system that reduces energy consumption by 40 percent. They have switched to CFL and LED light bulbs and are currently replacing older T-12 fixtures to more-efficient T-8 lighting ballasts. Water conservation measures have included the installation of low flow toilets and aerators in kitchens, bath, and shower areas.
Save Our Seabirds rescues and cares for about 2,000 birds per year throughout the Sarasota-Manatee area. Green measures include turning off lights in unused rooms and using natural light when possible. A high-efficiency, variable-speed air conditioning system was recently installed, and a 10-kW solar installation is planned, which is expected to reduce the energy bill by 1/3. Non-native plants were removed from landscape, and Florida native and drought-tolerant plants were planted. The grounds are fertilizer- and pesticide-free for the health of the birds and Sarasota Bay.
To report an injured bird: 941-388-3010
iBusiness Solutions, Inc. is a Florida payroll service provider offering affordable and flexible solutions for businesses. “Go green and save green” is a motto used by iBusiness Solutions. Recognizing the importance of protecting the environment, business operations are entirely online, eliminating filing cabinets full of records and excess paper waste. Clients are also receiving the benefits of paperless operations. Businesses that have employees set up using direct deposit and employee self-service systems; a business can save as much as $468 per year.