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Overview

The Johnson County Green Business Program (JCGBP) is a voluntary and nonregulatory program that provides free educational outreach and technical assistance on a variety of environmental management practices to businesses throughout Johnson County.

Purpose

Seeking certification from Johnson County's Green Business Program indicates your organization has made a commitment to the environment and our community. 

The Green Business Program was developed to recognize organizations that have adopted sustainability initiatives throughout their operation. The program is managed by the solid waste division of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE), who verify businesses are upholding their commitment to sustainability. JCDHE intends to ensure certified businesses and organizations maintain integrity and are authentic in their actions and results. The program evaluates organizations operations based on sustainability management actions applicable to them. Businesses achieving certification will be certified for a two-year period and are expected to uphold their sustainability practices on a daily basis.

By obtaining certification, we are confident your business will reap the economic and environmental benefits of the sustainable practices you pursue. Environmentally aware consumers are seeking to do business with organizations that mirror their concern for the protection of our environment and the responsible use of our resources. Our goal is to recognize businesses which exhibit verifiable sustainable practices and work to connect them with consumers who seek them. It is JCDHE's vision that businesses, schools, and other entities who earn certification will save money, assist in protecting the future of our community, and are recognized for their efforts.

Program Areas

Candidates for the Green Business Program must report completion of specific sustainability initiatives in the following areas:

  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Community
  • Transportation
  • Natural Systems

Some of the six areas vary by industry, but all have minimum requirements in order to achieve certification. In addition, there is an innovation section for businesses that creatively elevate their sustainability efforts. Completing a Free Sustainability Consultation from JCDHE can serve as a starting point. 

Program Benefits

For many leading companies, green business is synonymous with good business. Adopting policies, programs, and products to improve the sustainability of their operations not only benefits the environment, they provide a variety of immediate cost-saving opportunities and long-term financial benefits.

No matter the size of the business, you can take steps to reduce your daily waste, energy, and water usage. Small changes can add up to big savings and can attract and retain environmentally conscious customers. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment staff are here to help and offer regular updates on green business opportunities and trends. Businesses that achieve certification will receive the following benefits:

  • Official logo usage and Certificate Plaque to display prominently
  • Green Business Partnership directory listing
  • Free waste and energy audits
  • Community recognition and media exposure
  • Cost savings
  • Healthier work environment
  • Increased productivity
  • Networking opportunities
  • Highlighted on the Johnson County website
  • Recognition at the annual Green Business Certification and Awards Ceremony

JCDHE Resources

The resources listed on this page are meant to help assist your organization in achieveing Green Business Program recognition and reduce your overall waste stream and make your organization more sustainable. If you have any questions contact Charles Marx at 913-715-6981

Energy, Water, & Waste Metrics Tracking Tool

Environmental Policy

Green Team Guide

NREL Energy Audit Form

Rain = $ Calculator

Sample Idling Policy

Waste Audit Date Visualization Tool

Waste Audit Form

Waste Audit Guide

Get Certified

Follow these three easy steps to become a Johnson County Certified Green Business! If you have any questions contact Charles Marx 913-715-6981

Three Steps to becoming Certified:

  1. Get Started -- Complete and submit the Assessment Form
    This will ensure you meet the minimum program requirements for basic certification and will calculate if you have qualified for a higher level of certification.

  2. Review & Verification
    A JCDHE team member will review your submission and reach out to schedule a visit to verify your application answers. JCDHE reserves the right to stop the verification process or rescind certification if application content is discovered to be falsified.

  3. Get Certified!
    If all requirements are met, then your business will receive a Johnson County Green Business Program certification.

Note- Certification is by individual location. Organizations with more than one location in Johnson County need to pursue certification for each location.

 

FAQ

How long is my certification valid for?

              Certification is valid for 2 years from the date of confirmation.

Is there a cost for participation?

              No. Seeking certification is free for Johnson County businesses and organizations.

Is participation in the Waste Diversion Assistance Program required for certification?    

No. An organization may seek certification independent of participating in the Waste Diversion Assistance Program. There are several benefits of participating in the Waste Diversion Assistance Program and can increase the amount of points you earn in the certification process, but it is not a prerequisite for pursuing Green Business Certification status.

Are organizations like religious institutions and non-profit organizations eligible for certification?

Yes. Most institutions are eligible for office/retail certification assuming their operations are similar to an office environment.  If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Charles Marx 913-715-6981

We are a business that leases space. Can we get credit for actions the property manager/owner is taking independent of our actions?

Yes, you made the decision to be a tenant at your location, so take credit for the good things your property manager/owner is doing. Encourage and help them to make more environmentally beneficial improvements and get more credit on your application!

Does certification cover all aspects of, and the environmental impacts from, a business’ operations?

No. The scope of certification is limited to the areas covered on the assessment (waste, energy, water, engagement, transportation, natural systems, and innovation) and to applicable locations and/or activities conducted in Johnson County. For example, a business that has an office in Johnson County but does manufacturing outside the County could certify its Johnson County office but not the manufacturing facility. Non-Johnson County locations can receive assistance from either Mid-America Regional Council and/or Bridging the Gap depending on the location.

 

Certified Partners

Johnson County Government have awarded their 2019 Certified Green Partners. This year 8 businesses, and schools have been recognized for outstanding environmental achievements related to waste diversion, recycling, composting, purchasing sustainably, and more. Awardees met criteria in the following categories:

  1. REinvest in their company, community, economy and future.
  2. REthink their business process, how they manage resources and purchasing power.
  3. REduce consumption, waste and their environmental impact.
  4. REuse products and consciously buy reusables.
  5. REcycle as a last resort and buy recycled products to support a closed-loop system.

2019 AWARDEES

Business & Organizations

Atmos Energy
This natural gas distributor located in Olathe, has recently expanded their recycling and waste reduction efforts. Atmos has successfully added a recycling container, and has also added recycle bins in both the office and warehouse areas; collecting cardboard, paper, and plastic bottles. In addition, the recycle their shredded documents, and left over food from company meals are donated to a local Salvation Army food bank.

bijin salon and spa
Located in Prairie Village, this salon and spa were already making efforts to recycle, but wanted to do more. With the help of Johnson County, bijin are looking to start composting hair clippings, began purchasing green janitorial products, and started a battery recycling program through the Big Green Box. New employees are also briefed on environmental efforts during orientation to ensure that everyone is on board.

Integrative Health Providers, Finan Chiropractic, & Lifestyle Massage 
Located in Lenexa, this healthcare facility initially included no recycling options for collecting appropriate materials. Johnson County staff worked with this location to add recycling bins and signs. Waste reduction efforts also include composting of scrap food, commingled and glass recycling options, water bottle refilling stations; they even reduced paper towel use by switching to clothe towels. 

Kindred
This small boutique located in Oak Park Mall, has worked hard to revamp their recycling and waste reduction programs. Previously, employees would put recyclable's in their cars and drive them to a recycling center, now they work with a local company called L'Arche to provide recycling pickup. They also reduced their paper usage by going to more reusable and durable options, work with vendors to reuse plastic packaging and hangers, and have greatly reduced their usage of disposable drink cups.

Rimann Liquors
Rimann Liquors has two different locations being honored this year, one in Lenexa and one in Prairie Village. To increase recycling efforts, the Lenexa location sponsors a recycling bin that they allow connecting businesses to utilize. Both locations fully take advantage of cardboard recycling and also allow customers to reuse boxes before recycling them. The stores even offer collection boxes for natural cork recycling, which then go to ReCork for recycling. Going beyond recycling, Rimann also has reused old wine barrels and used them to develop display tables for wine tastings.

Training Umbrella
Located in Overland Park, Training Umbrella offers training room rentals and more. They have worked to expand their recycling efforts by adding paper, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans to the cardboard that was already being recycled. Going beyond recycling, Training Umbrella has found was to reuse materials for use in their building, this includes a conference table made out of reclaimed wood. 

Village Cooperative of Shawnee
This senior living community located in Shawnee have worked with Johnson County staff to add recycling bins to all communal spaces and to the fifty three units on the property. Education efforts have also been used to communicate to members what can and can't go in their recycle bins. Members have access to composting bins and use the compost in the garden areas. Members also collect glass which is then taken to a nearby Ripple Glass bin for recycling. Bike rakes were also installed for members that want to bike. 

Schools

Lenexa Hills Elementary
Johnson County has worked with the Shawnee Mission School District for many years to develop and maintain recycling and composting programs at the schools and district offices. Lenexa Hills Elementary is the newest addition to that group. The main component of their waste reduction efforts is the collection of food and paper waste from the cafeteria that is then composted; recycling is also collected in the cafeteria. In addition the school also properly disposes of all its electronic waste, and has several bike rakes available to students who ride their bike to school.

Honorable Mention Partner

Gurdwara Nanak Darbar Sahib Temple
Located in Olathe, this temple has really ramped up their waste reduction and recycling efforts. While working with Johnson County they have added recycling in key communal areas, with the bins being collected by L'Arche. Other sustainability efforts are currently being discussed, and they look forward to starting them soon.  

2018 AWARDEES

2017 AWARDEES

2016 AWARDEES

 

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