April 21, 2011
Office Depot is partnering with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA to launch the 2011 Green Business Challenge.
The program seeks to engage local property managers and tenants in a friendly competition to save energy, reduce waste and water consumption, procure greener products, and implement other sustainable activities within their companies. The program, expanding this year, was initially piloted in 2010 as the City of Chicago "Green Office Challenge" and organized by the Chicago Department of Environment and ICLEI USA.
As program sponsor last year and this year, Office Depot is providing core funding for the national rollout of the program, in addition to "Green Business Challenge Implementation Packs,” which include direct funding and technical support as well as products and services designed to help local governments manage the Green Business Challenge. Office Depot will also provide participating cities and businesses with greener purchasing training.
"Most corporate environmental efforts focus primarily on the supply chain or internal operations, but very few focus on shifting the marketplace," said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Director of Environmental Strategy for Office Depot. "ICLEI USA's Green Business Challenge provides a simple step-by-step approach for businesses of all sizes to go greener.”
Green Business Challenge because we know that encouraging the business community to go greener can have a transformational impact all the way up the supply chain.