Building a green marketplace
by Carolyn Chase
Announcing the formation of the San Diego Enviro Business Consortium
nvironmental consumer choices require environmental
business choices. Dedicated to sensible environmental stewardship, eleven
local businesses have formed the San Diego Enviro Business Consortium. As
members of the Co-op America Business Network, they have pledged to conduct
business according to standards that reach "beyond contemporary practices
in addressing the needs of consumers, employees, the community and the environment."
The founding companies are: Absolute-Lee Global Wear,
American Formulating Manufacturing (AFM), Linda DiBona Interiors, Earth
Connections, EnvironGentle, Gelder's Global Gig... Music for the Planet,
Green Field Paper Company, Kung Food Vegetarian Restaurant, Douglas P. Lewis,
Certified Financial Planner, and Plan-it Systems.
Members "prove that it is not only possible, but profitable to have
a business that supports environmental and social responsibility ... whose
bottom line is inspired by what lies beneath them: Mother Earth."
Green businesses challenge themselves to bring the goals
of justice, environmental stewardship and quality of life into all of their
activities - production and service, employment and investment, community
and vendor relations. Green businesses minimize waste, recycle and make
products built to last. They focus much of their work on life-supporting
products and services: affordable housing, sustainable agriculture, education,
energy efficiency, pollution control and community health care.
Green businesses create jobs. They also serve as models
for the role businesses can play in the transformation of our society to
one that is just and sustainable. They care about their customers, communities,
workers and the environment. Green businesses spring up in communities other
businesses ignore - inner cities, rural and Native American. They are started
by the people in these communities who, in turn, bring respect and dignity
to the people they employ.
If your business is interested in being a part of this green business network, the next Consortium meeting will be on July 9th. Call for location of the meeting, or send information on your business to Consortium headquarters: San Diego Enviro Business Consortium, 6540 Camino Del Parque Carlsbad, CA 92009, Tel & Fax: (619) 431-1216; Email: Ebase1cnsii.com.