Mukilteo Cares l Mayor's Message

By Jennifer Gregerson, Mayor of Mukilteo | Mar 21, 2018

In my first Action Agenda in 2014, I pledged to form a Green Team of city employees from every department, focused on ensuring that our city is a model of sustainability. Over the last three years we have done great work.

The Green Team led to the installation of new recycling bins at Lighthouse Park, and were the leaders of a citywide energy challenge.

That challenge led to reduced energy use in our buildings by 12 percent in 2016 compared to the prior year before.

Now it’s time to take that success story and share it. Last year, I asked our Green Team to help craft a Green Business Certification Program for local businesses that want to join with the city in becoming more sustainable.

Reducing energy use, avoiding toxic cleaning products, composting more, conserving water, these are all great for the bottom line and for our environment.

We are excited to launch the new certification with an educational open house for business owners on April 3 at Mukilteo City Hall, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Our partners, Waste Management, the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, Snohomish County PUD, Mukilteo Water and Wastewater District, and Alderwood Water and Wastewater District will be on hand to share suggestions, answer questions and get businesses ready to affirm their commitment to green, sustainable practices.

Being a part of the “Mukilteo Cares” Green Business Certification Program makes sense: Studies show that two-thirds of consumers patronize businesses that are doing their part for the environment; and employees benefit from a cleaner work environment.

Businesses of any size can participate, even home businesses, and will be presented with a program seal and window decal that can be displayed at their location.

I will also recognize these Green Business Champions quarterly at Chamber of Commerce meetings.

If you are not a business owner, but think this is a good idea, feel free to encourage the businesses you patronize to participate.

Let them know that these shared values of sustainability are important to Mukilteans. Let them know about the chance to be among the very first to be recognized by attending on April 3 and learning about small and large ways they can participate.

Learn more at https://mukilteowa.gov/departments/executive/mukcares.

 

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