Funding from the Boeing Company will support a new outreach project to help small, local businesses assess and reduce their carbon footprint. The project will incorporate ECOSS’ usual suite of services, including solid and hazardous waste management, resource conservation and stormwater pollution prevention. But the project will also identify opportunities for businesses to reduce carbon and save money.
To implement this project, ECOSS will be partnering with the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and the Cascade Bicycle Club. The City will provide access to its carbon footprinting tool, which evaluates and estimates a business’ carbon impact by measuring areas such as energy use, materials, operations and shipping. The Cascade Bicycle Club will provide training and information to help address one of the greatest contributors to small businesses’ carbon footprint: employee commuting. Through a series of workshops designed specifically for small businesses, experts from Cascade will discuss how to incorporate employee bike commuting into business practice. Ideally, doing so will lead to a healthier workforce, a reduced carbon footprint and potential financial savings for the business and its staff.
ECOSS is excited to partner with the City and Cascade on this project, and we look forward to helping our small and medium sized business clients navigate the challenges of measuring and mitigating their carbon impact. If you have questions about the project or would like to be contacted about an onsite assessment or one of the bike commute workshops, please email Aldan Shank or call the ECOSS office at (206) 767-0432.