Green Star Business Program

 

Green Star is the State of Alaska's Pollution Prevention (P2) program. Pollution prevention (P2) means reducing or eliminating the volume, or toxicity of materials, pollutants, or wastes at the source so that they never become an air, land, or water waste stream in the first place. P2 is a proactive approach to environmental management. It's not the same as pollution control, or waste management, which is managing pollution at the "end of the pipe".

 

Pollution Prevention IS:

Pollution Prevention IS NOT:

  • good housekeeping
  • inventory control
  • in-process recycling
  • product substitution
  • process changes
  • waste segregation
  • disposal
  • off-site recycling
  • pollution treatment
  • end-of-pipe control

 

Pollution prevention has wide-ranging environmental and economic benefits, because it gets at the waste and inefficiencies that are the root causes of pollution. P2's health and environmental benefits include cleaner air and water, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less toxic waste to manage, less solid waste going to landfills, greater workplace safety, and better stewardship of natural resources. P2's economic benefits include greater business efficiency, increased competitiveness, less exposure to risks, and reduced costs for regulatory monitoring, fees and paperwork. If you don't create pollution, you don't have to spend money regulating it, handling it, storing it, treating it, or disposing of it.

2017 Green Star Enrollees and Re-Certifications

Green Star assisted countless companies and organizations this past year, saving thousands of dollars through energy costs and tens of thousands of pounds of C02 from our atmosphere. Over 200 companies currently participate in the Green Star program. A list of companies and organizations participating in the program can be found here. Eleven companies made the commitment for 2017 to sign up for the program, or re-certify their program through Green Star.

  1. Alaska Industrial Paint
  2. Alaska SeaLife Center
  3. Aluitiiq Inc.
  4. Anchorage Hilton (downtown)
  5. Caelus Energy Alaska
  6. ExxonMobil Alaska Production Inc.
  7. GCI (General Communications Inc.) Warehouse
  8. Halliburton, Anchorage Office
  9. ICD (Integrated Communications Design) Alaska
  10. United Auto Sales
  11. Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS)

These companies have made the commitment to follow Green Star standard guidelines in their business. The Green Star award focuses on all aspects of operations, which includes examining all waste streams including:

Not only can material disposal be managed better, but eliminating waste through smarter purchasing and, or employee behavior is also encouraged. The plan is for employees of Green Star companies to take behaviors learned on the job and implement them at home.

By meeting the Green Star Standards, these organizations can demonstrate to the public that they have gone well beyond compliance with environmental regulations and have voluntarily implemented a thorough waste prevention and pollution prevention plan. A link to the Green Star business standards can be found here. 

Green Star® is a program operated by the Alaska Forum, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The Green Star Program supports businesses that wish to practice waste reduction, energy conservation and pollution prevention through education, technical assistance, as part of an award-winning voluntary certification program.

Green Star History

Green Star began in 1990, in Anchorage, Alaska, as a cooperative effort. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce successfully partnered with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and the non-profit Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE) to create the Green Star program. The program, represented by this diverse group of state regulators, environmentalists and business leaders, was created to give positive recognition to organizations that exercised environmental responsibility. Through the Green Star program, it was found that organizations that are environmentally responsible also have a stronger bottom line. By examining an organization’s waste streams and making internal changes to reduce them, significant financial savings—as well as environmental savings—are possible.

Today, Green Star Program continues as a US EPA-award-winning organization recognizing businesses that continue to voluntarily meet and exceed Green Star’s standards of environmental responsibility. When these standards have been met, the business receives their Green Star Award.

Interested in Joining Green Star?

You can enroll online or contact our Green Star Program Director: