History of Institute for Green Business Certification
In the spring of 2006, a small group of environmentally concerned business people met to develop a set of national standards for which a business could achieve an accreditation as a “Green Business”. There were no uniform standards to evaluate the environmental practices of a business. Nor was there an established accreditation process. That’s what the Institute for Green Business Certification, Inc. (IGBC) does!
By May of that year, we sought the counsel of an OSHA trained inspector, an EPA trained inspector, and a person who later became a LEED AP as we met and discussed what it might entail to be designated as a “Green Business”. After months of discussion and extensive research, standards and criteria were developed and a checklist was created, later becoming the basis of the “IGBC Environmental Audit”.
IGBC was formed to promote the following…
- Solid waste reduction, reuse and recycling
- Energy efficiency and reduced use of diminishing resources
- Water efficiency and reduced use
- Purchasing and packaging alternatives
- Reduction in “carbon footprint”
- Pollution prevention
- Reduced external air emissions and improved interior air quality
- Education of employees and customers about green business efforts
- Reduced operational costs
- Reduction in hazardous waste and proper handling
- Avoidance of additional user/mitigation/permits and fees
IGBC enables you to achieve “Green Business Certification” by working together, one business to another. From the beginning, we took our inspiration from the words in a 1961 speech by JFK, “…My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”.
One of the first accrediting organizations of it’s kind, IGBC certifies businesses on a nationwide scale. Recently we have established an office in southern California and will be opening similar branches in Philadelphia and Chicago with plans to replicate this model in Florida, Texas, Colorado, Washington and Maryland before the end of the year. We continue to search for qualified Environmental Analysts in those areas.