Green Business in New York

Introduction

Learn about the new green economy and find out how to make your company or workplace green with these resources.

Internet Links
Consumer Reports GreenerChoices.org
Consumer information and ratings for green products and services. Eco-Labels Center has searchable database of green product labels, categories and certifiers.
 
DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
Search this database to find state, local, utility and federal incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
 
Gotham Gazette: Sustainability Watch
Advocates and experts critique New York City’s sustainability efforts.
 
GreenBiz.com
News, feature stories, reports and tools for green business professionals.
 
Inc.com: The Green 50
The Green 500 is a list of top green companies selected by Inc. magazine. Browse company profiles for ideas on how to be green and successful.
 
ITAC: Industrial & Technology Assistance Corporation
Nonprofit organization that provides training, consulting and expertise on going green to manufacturing and technology companies located in New York City. Some services are free and others are fee-based.
 
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
Helps small businesses comply with federal and state air pollution regulations through its Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP). Free.
 
NYCEDC: Clean Technology & Energy
Information about New York City's green economy from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Includes information about financial incentives.
 
NYCWasteLe$$
Learn the difference between waste prevention and recycling and click on "waste less in business" for tips for your business, case studies, measurement tools and more.
 
NYSERDA: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Offers financial incentives and technical assistance through a variety of programs that encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
 
PlaNYC 2030
Read news and updates about Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to advance sustainability in New York City in five key areas: land, air, water, energy and transportation.
 
SBA.gov: Green Business Guide
Get information from this federal government website on how to start or grow a green business, including such topics as environmental regulations, eco-labels, financial assistance and government contracting.
 
Worldchanging
Online magazine that publishes thoughtful and inspiring essays, interviews, reviews and other short pieces on the sustainability movement. Divided into seven topics: stuff, shelter, cities, community, business, politics and planet.

Articles & Databases
Collection of scholarly and general interest articles on the environment and its relation to other disciplines. Topics include climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.
 
Virtual library of articles and reference sources on starting and maintaining a business. Entrepreneurs can look here for the information they need to keep up with the latest green business trends, from reusable shopping bags to renewable energy sources.

Print Resources
Business Guide to Sustainability: Practical Strategies and Tools for Organizations
Darcy Hitchcock and Marsha Willard
Comprehensive and well-organized how-to manual for implementing sustainable practices in businesses, nonprofits and government agencies.
 
Clean Tech Revolution: The Next Big Growth and Investment Opportunity
Pernick, Ron
Guide for investors, entrepreneurs and individuals seeking to profit from trends in eight clean technology sectors: automotive and personal transportation, biofuels and biomaterials, green building, mobile technologies, power distribution, solar energy, water filtration and wind power.
 
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
McKibben, Bill
Proposes a new economic paradigm, “deep economy,” that focuses on creating localized economies rather than continuing cycles of endless expansion that will ultimately exhaust the world’s natural resources.
 
Green Building Products: the GreenSpec® Guide to Residential Building Materials
Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn, editors
Lists manufacturers of environmentally friendly products for residential construction.
 
Green from the Ground Up: A Builder's Guide
Johnston, David
Beautifully illustrated guide to sustainable, energy-efficient and healthful home construction.
 
Harvard Business Review on Green Business Strategy
What’s good for the world is now recognized as being good for the bottom line. This collection of articles shows how adopting green business practices can be part of a company’s competitive strategy.
 
PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York
Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to advance sustainability in New York City in five key areas: land, air, water, energy and transportation. Available as a book to check out or click on the PDF link to read online.
 
Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition
Shuman, Michael
Persuasive argument for the benefits of “going local” in four key spending categories: goods, services, energy, and finance.
 
State of the World: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress toward a Sustainable Society
The 2008 edition looks at problems and solutions for a sustainable global economy.
 
Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World
Hirshberg, Gary
The founder of Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt discusses how to pursue sustainability along with profitability. Also includes management lessons from Whole Foods, Patagonia, Zipcar and other successful green companies.
 
True Green @ Work
McKay, Kim
Tips and suggestions for managers and employees to make their companies more green, from refillable pens to telecommuting, with a few offbeat ideas, such as cultivating a worm farm on the break room countertop.
 

More Information
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