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Congratulations Atlantic Westchester and SunBlue Energy on Achieving Westchester Green Business Certification!
December 17, 2015 - Atlantic Westchester, a commercial and industrial HVAC company, and SunBlue Energy, a home and commercial solar installer, celebrated their Westchester Green Business-Certification in a joint ceremony. Atlantic Westchester and SunBlue Energy collaborated as WGB-Certified members when Atlantic Westchester engaged SunBlue Energy’s services this past summer to install solar panels at its facility to improve its own energy conservation efforts.
 
“It is very exciting to celebrate the Westchester Green Business-Certification of both Atlantic Westchester and Sun Blue Energy. Their collaboration represents the highest goals of the program that encourages member organizations to work together towards a sustainable future,” said Dani Glaser, Creator and Co-Director of the Westchester Green Business Challenge and Certified program.
 
The award ceremony was led by WGBC program partners from Westchester County government (Kevin Plunkett, Deputy Westchester County Executive); The Business Council of Westchester (John Ravitz, COO); and Green Team Spirit (Dani Glaser, CEO and WGBC Program Director). Representatives from the Energize NY Finance program, The Town of Bedford and Bedford 2020 also participated in the ceremony.
(L-R) Christopher Hale, Founder & President, SunBlue Energy; Jane Solnick, Director of Public Affairs Westchester, Con Edison; John Ravitz, COO, The Business Council of Westchester; Lisa Hammer, Corporate Secretary, Atlantic Westchester, Inc.; Bud Hammer, President, Atlantic Westchester Inc.; Dani Glaser, CEO, Green Team Spirit, LLC, Program Director, Westchester Green Business Challenge; Kevin Plunkett, Deputy County Executive, Westchester County; Chris Burdick, Supervisor, Town of Bedord; Mark Thielking, Executive Director, Energize NY; Midge Iorio, Executive Director, Bedford 2020
“Atlantic Westchester is committed to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting eco-friendly practices at all levels throughout our organization – from solar panels to multi-zoned HVAC systems to LED lightening to employee education,” said Bud Hammer, President of Atlantic Westchester.  “Becoming WGB-Certified will help reach our goal to minimize our organization’s impact and maximize future generations’ ability to live, work and play in our shared natural environment, with equal access to clean air, clean water, and natural resources.”
 
Chris Hale & Bud Hammer“The solar installation at Atlantic Westchester symbolizes what makes Westchester County a leader in green business practices,” says Chris Hale, President and Founder of SunBlue Energy. “We see the future of green business as synergy between local businesses—the local solar energy company installing panels on the Westchester energy efficiency company, financed by a PACE-Finance model designed and executed by Westchester’s Energize NY program. All of these stakeholders were introduced through the Westchester Green Business Challenge and certification process. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the green community in Westchester and to be among pioneers.”
 
The WGB-Certified program is designed to provide a collaborative group of Westchester County organizations from diverse industry sectors, with step-by-step training (individualized and group) and tools they need to successfully integrate environmentally sustainable practices into operations and measure their greenhouse gas emissions in order to become certified.  Behavioral and technical solutions are provided to organizations in the following categories: organizational commitment, energy, materials management (waste & recycling and green purchasing), refrigerants, transportation, land use and water. There are currently 51 member businesses in WGB-Certified, 18 of which have achieved certification.
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1. Atlantic Westchester Final Presentation
2. SunBlue Energy Final Presenation
3. Joint Certification Ceremony Event Photos

Westchester Green Business Leaders Discuss Clean Energy, Financing &  Future Impacts

L-R Jeffrey Hogan, Energy & Sustainability Manager, Montefiore Medical Center; Dr. Belinda Miles, President, Westchester Community College; Scott Fernqvist, Special Assistant to the CIO, Westchester County; WGBC Program Director; Dani Glaser, CEO, Green Team Spirit, LLC, WGBC Program Director; Kevin Plunkett, Deputy County Executive, Westchester County; Jane Solnick, Director of Public Affairs Westchester, Con Edison; John Ravitz, COO, The Business Council of Westchester; Jana Petrikova, COO, Green Team Spirit, LLC, WGBC Program Manager; Jill Davis, Director, Hendrick Hudson Free Library; Christopher Hale, Founder and President, SunBlue Energy
December 11, 2015 - the continuing Westchester Green Business Challenge Leaders in Sustainability Speaker Series focused on Turning Energy Challenges Into Business Opportunities. Panelists are all business leaders whose organizations have achieved Westchester Green Business Certification.

The event was moderated by WGBC Program Director, Scott Fernqvist (Westchester County). Panelists included: Christopher Hale, Founder and President, SunBlue Energy; Jill Davis, Director, Hendrick Hudson Free Library and Jeffrey Hogan, Energy & Sustainability Manager, Montefiore Medical Center.

Panelists shared specific energy initiatives that included energy efficiency measures, staff engagement/behavioral changes, solar energy installations, building management systems that monitor energy usage and more.  Also discussed were the utility/government incentives that helped to finance these initiatives. All took advantage of Con Edison lighting incentives.

Prior to the panel discussion, welcoming remarks were provided by Kevin Plunkett, Deputy County Executive, Westchester County; John Ravitz, COO, The Business Council of Westchester; Jane Solnick, Director of Public Affairs Westchester, Con Edison; Dr. Belinda Miles, President, Westchester Community College and Dani Glaser, CEO, Green Team Spirit, LLC, WGBC Program Director.

Marc Karell, President, Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC set the stage with a presentation on Energy Trends.
View event photos HERE

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About the WGBC Programs

Westchester Green Business Challenge - First launched in 2009 in partnership with Westchester County, this Business Council of Westchester program helps Westchester-based organizations learn about and implement sustainable business practices that help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and overhead costs, and receive recognition as corporate citizens.

Westchester Green Business-Certified - In January of 2014, WGBC launched this certification program for business leaders ready to deepen their commitment to environmental practices and sustainability within their organizations by providing the tools, training and expertise needed at an affordable rate, accomplished through a collaborative platform and “peer-sharing” approach.
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