In her first Action Agenda in 2014, Mayor Jennifer Gregerson pledged to form a “Green Team” of city employees from every department to focus on ensuring that the city is a model of sustainability. Over the last four years, the Green Team championed recycling and composting at all city facilities and were the leaders of a citywide energy challenge. The result of that challenge led to reduced energy consumption by 12 percent in 2016 over prior years.
The Mayor is now focused on crafting a sustainability program geared toward our local businesses who want to join the city in reducing their energy and water consumption, improving recycling and composting, or reducing pollution. It’s a win for the community, employees and the environment.
“We are excited to launch our new “Mukilteo Cares” Green Business Certification Program with an educational open house at City Hall on April 3 from 6 to 8pm,” stated the Mayor. “We appreciate the support our partners, including, Waste Management, Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, PUD, Alderwood Water & Wasterwater and Mukilteo Water and Wastewater Districts, will offer to affirm their commitment to green, sustainable business practices.”
Businesses of any size can participate by applying to this FREE program and make a pledge to work at accomplishing at least one of these green goals:
- Improving recycling and reducing solid waste
- Reducing pollution
- Conserving water
- Conserving energy
Our partners will be available to offer suggestions and help each business establish a plan to reach their goal. Those who pledge and are making progress will receive a special window decal to proudly display in their window; on a quarterly basis, the Mayor will recognize our Green Business Champions at a Chamber of Commerce meeting. All participating businesses will be encouraged to become a member of the Chamber.
Surveys show that two-thirds of consumers patronize businesses that are doing their part for the environment; let them know that our shared values of sustainability are important to you by patronizing their business. You can learn more about Mukilteo Cares on our website.