Round 2: open call for green businesses
Protecting the Environment in Patchogue is looking for more "green" businesses

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Round 2: open call for green businesses

Story By: NICOLE FUENTES
8/29/2019


The Protecting the Environment in Patchogue committee is launching its second round of Village of Patchogue Green Business Program applications. The first phase of  “Project Green” was met with great success, according to PEP chair and village trustee Joseph Keyes, with a total of six qualified businesses enrolled.
Nick Rosenberg of Blue Point Brewery is now spearheading the program with the assistance of PEP member Don Wachsmuth, who has included a Clean Marina section.

What is the Green Business Program?

It is a voluntary initiative for all businesses within the village, designed to showcase environmentally friendly businesses for becoming sustainable leaders.

“The idea was to stay away from another mandate,” said Keyes, referencing the village’s ban on single-use plastic bags in 2016 and then Styrofoam last year. “Instead, we want to try to change people’s mindset and hopefully have businesses want to join.”

Of the first to sign up were the BrickHouse and Blue Point breweries.

Guidelines

Guidelines for those who enroll include using plastic alternatives for straws, cups and utensils, proper cooking oil waste removal, LED lighting and more. Basically, Keyes said businesses could put as much into the program as they want, after meeting criteria based off a point system. He also said though restaurants can rack up the most points with the largest footprint, any village business is encouraged to join.

Benefits

Green businesses receive a window decal, permission to use the logo on any business promotion, recognition on the village’s website, establishment of an environmental leader on PEP’s social media pages, networking opportunities, and access to resources including environmental education, sustainable products and cost savings.

How to apply

Applications for the program are currently available on the village’s website and will be accepted until Dec. 31. Upon completion of the application, a scheduled site visit with a PEP committee member will be conducted. The establishment will visually demonstrate compliance to the PEP committee members, which will determine program acceptance. VOPGB membership will then give the establishment a two-year term membership. The PEP committee will review if a renewal site visit is necessary.

Businesses interested in enrolling can get more info by emailing pep@patchoguevillage.org or jkeyes@patchoguevillage.org.