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KYW Reporter Pat Loeb spoke with attendees at the Green Business Program 1 year anniversary celebration.
April 8, 2010

Phila. Green Business Program Celebrates 1st Anniversary
by KYW's Pat Loeb

The Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program celebrated its one year
anniversary on Wednesday night. The program is an effort to get local businesses
to act in a more environmentally friendly way.

Membership more than tripled in this first year. 99 members of the Green Business
Program celebrated in an appropriately environmental way -- an outdoor party, no
air conditioning or electric lighting needed.

The program started with just 30 members, last year, according to Patrick Starr of
the organizing group, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council:
"We researched programs for businesses to go green. We took all the best ideas
from them and we put them together in our own checklist and on our web site.
Companies sign a letter of commitment that they are actually doing them."

Starr says he can't quantify how much members have reduced their carbon
footprint but Todd Ingves, member of the Presbyterian Board of Pensions, provides
an example:

"We use about 160,000 less sheets of paper in the year than we had the previous
year, that's a big stack of paper."