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Posted on: October 1, 2021

513 Green Workplace Certification

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Established a Green Team? Check. Have a single-stream recycling service? Check. Allow employees to telecommute? Have energy-efficient products or appliances? Regularly check for leaky faucets? Check, check, and check. If you can say yes to even one of these questions, your office could be well on their way to becoming certified as a “513 Green Workplace”.

The 513 Green Workplace Certification is a no cost, sustainability certification that recognizes and promotes businesses in Hamilton County that operate in an environmentally responsible manner by encouraging sustainable behaviors in the workplace,” says Mary Cropenbaker, the 513 Green Advisor. Businesses seeking certification can expect to earn points in five main categories: sustainable actions, waste diversion, transportation and air quality, water conservation, and energy conservation.

Though those categories are wide-ranging, Cropenbaker emphasizes the ease of achievability, stating, “It’s open to offices of any size and is achievable no matter if your business rents office space or owns your building. Again, the focus here is being environmentally responsible through sustainable behaviors.”

The certification process is as easy as one, two, three.

1. Complete the application checklist.

2. Submit the completed checklist with any supporting documents.

3. Authenticate the application by scheduling a walk-through with Hamilton County R3Source.

The certification was created as a collaboration between Hamilton County R3Source, Green Umbrella, and the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability.

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