Video credit, Matt Lagle, Boonedog Video

June 21, 2016 - The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) was honored today for achieving Westchester Green Business Certification. The celebration was held on its beautiful 33-acre preserve. Certificates were presented to Executive Director Margaret Goldberg by Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, John Ravitz, COO of The Business Council of Westchester and Dani Glaser, WGBC Program Director. Guests included local green community leaders, fellow members of WGB-Certified, GNC board members and staff.

GNC played the amazing video that they created to capture their journey toward Westchester Green Business-Certification. All 50 guests applauded and walked away very inspired about the possibilities of a sustainable future.

“Congratulations to the entire team at the Greenburgh Nature Center that worked so hard to achieve this prestigious certification," said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. "The Nature Center does a tremendous job of educating children, families, schools and businesses on important green practices such as solar, water conservation, hydroponic and organic gardening. This achievement demonstrates the Nature Center’s commitment to following their own best practices while they educate others.”

In addition to the official certification ceremony, today’s celebration at the Nature Center provided an opportunity for networking and sharing best green practices.  Participants had a first-hand glimpse into how the Nature Center has already benefitted from the certification process.  They also exchanged ideas on the importance of sustainability practices and policies to save costs, build brands, and recruit and retain employees, while reducing the carbon footprint.

“We enjoyed working closely with the Nature Center through their Green Business-Certification process.  The team approached the process with openness, sincerity and a desire to always learn. They created a first-class sustainability policy training manual to guide their efforts, which others can emulate.  Most importantly, they set the organization up for continued success on their sustainability journey,” said Dani Glaser, Program Director, Westchester Green Business-Certification Program.

“On behalf of The Business Council of Westchester, we congratulate the Nature Center on achieving Westchester Green Business-Certification. Your approach to sustainability engages staff and stakeholders to do their part and you demonstrate great leadership for the Westchester business community,” said Dr. Marsha Gordon, President & CEO, The Business Council of Westchester.

L-R – John Ravitz, COO, The Business Council of Westchester, Mary Jane Shimsky, Westchester County Legislator, Kevin Plunkett, Deputy Westchester County Executive, Dani Glaser, WGBC Program Director, Margaret Goldberg, Executive Director, The Greenburgh Nature Center, Emma Lagle, Sustainability Project Leader, The Greenburgh Nature Center, Anne Jaffe-Holmes, Director of Conservation Education, The Greenburgh Nature Center

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WGB-Certified is the region’s only green business certification program for Westchester-based organizations ready to take their sustainability efforts to the next level. Members receive enhanced tools to measure their performance, unique opportunities for peer collaboration, hands-on support from WGBC program staff and a higher level of recognition as leaders within their industries. The program was launched in early 2014 and represents an expansion of the highly successful Westchester Green Business Challenge. The WGBC is a Business Council of Westchester program in partnership with Westchester County Government.

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