Somerset County Partnership Issues A Green Challenge To Area Businesses

BRIDGEWATER – The Somerset County Business Partnership Sustainable Somerset Committee has issued a “Green Challenge” to all businesses in Somerset County.

The “Somerset County Green Challenge” is a county-wide effort to recognize and promote area businesses engaged in sustainable business practices. The Partnership is committed to helping local business leaders to identify opportunities to increase profitability through initiatives that improve energy efficiency, improve recycling efforts, conserve resources, and contribute to the well-being of the community at large.

The “Somerset County Green Challenge” will officially launch with a free workshop on Friday, October 19, 2012 in the auditorium at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, 1000 U.S. Route 202 in Raritan. The event is scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m.

Businesses will receive significant support from the Partnership in the planning and implementation of green initiatives. Specifically, assistance will be provided to:

  • Develop a “Green Plan” for a company
  • Adopt sustainable business practices that yield financial benefits and reduce environmental impact
  • Develop and monitor unique solutions to improve our environment by:
    • Forming company green teams
    • Increasing energy efficiency
    • Improving indoor environmental quality
    • Reducing waste
    • Conserving water
    • Providing clean transportation options

In addition to serving as a resource for implementing environmentally friendly initiatives, the “Challenge” competition will award points for positive action in categories including: Energy Conservation; Water Conservation; Reduce/Recycle/Reuse; Commuting Alternatives; Sustainable Action; and Community Involvement.

The goal of the “Challenge” is to increase sustainability practices in all businesses; connect business by sharing sustainable practices; demonstrate the value of environmental sustainability; and showcase economic benefits.

“The Challenge is a simple way to take a small step to accomplish a big thing,” commented SeanMoreland, Chair of Sustainable Somerset’s Educational Taskforce. “By engaging many businesses and sharing their sustainable activities and accomplishments, we fully expect to have a major impact on Somerset County’s environment.”

The event is free. Pre-registration is requested and may be made online at For information contact Takeena Deas at 1-908-218-4300.


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