Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the U. S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) are formally joining forces to advance zero-waste business practices.
USZWBC will be integrated into the global GBCI community that drives sustainability across all sectors. GBCI will assume responsibility for the ongoing management and evolution of the Zero Waste Facility Certification and Zero Waste Business Associate programs created by USZWBC; the zero-waste principles will be aligned with GBCI’s offerings.
“GBCI is taking another important step toward creating a holistic strategy for green business that began when the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC) launched the LEED green building rating system 16 years ago,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, president of GBCI and COO of USGBC. “By reducing and eliminating the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, and aligning green rating systems, we are one step further in transforming the market to be more sustainable.”
“USZWBC is so excited to join the GBCI family,” says Stephanie Barger, founder and executive director of USZWBC.
“By spearheading a comprehensive certification and training program, we have already made huge strides in shifting attitudes and behaviors of large and small companies to focus upstream with managing waste. With GBCI’s influence, we will be able to further the integrity and credibility of zero waste and create a zero-waste economy for all.”
For more information, visit gbci.org.