Launched in 2008, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Sustainable Business Leader Program (SBLP) is a practical and affordable certification program that helps businesses “green” their operations and practices while saving valuable natural resources and money.
Through personalized technical assistance and guidance, the SBLP helps busy business owners and staff identify areas for environmentally sustainable change, connects them to information and resources to help them do so, and provides them with hands-on support throughout the process to make “going green” easy, rewarding, and fun! Businesses who successfully complete the program become certified as Sustainable Business Leaders and are widely recognized for their achievements and commitment to environmental sustainability.
To date, the SBLP has certified over 125 businesses representing over 25 diverse sectors from automotive to retail and small scale manufacturing.
The Sustainable Business Leader Program takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability, covering seven key categories:
- Energy Efficiency
- Water Conservation
- Waste Management
- Pollution Prevention & Safe Alternatives
- Local Purchasing & Local Food
- Sustainability Management
Benefits of Sustainable Business Leader Certification
The Sustainable Business Leader Program assists participating businesses in reducing their environmental impact and has the following benefits:
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Save money by reducing energy, water, and waste
- Connect with incentive programs and local green vendors
- Develop a competitive advantage through Sustainable Business Leader certification and an enhanced business image
- Receive public relations benefits from SBLP graduation and certification, including recognition for pioneering efforts by City officials and acknowledgement through SBLP social media platforms
- Receive 1-year complimentary membership to the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts ($120-$800 value!) and member discounts to all SBN events
- Access ongoing support and education on sustainable business practices
- Network with other SBLP participants and graduates
- Generate a sense of pride and camaraderie among staff
How Do I Become a Sustainable Business Leader?
Fill out our contact form, or send us an e-mail, and we’ll set up a time to talk with you about the program and address any questions you may have. The SBLP is a fee based program. Fees are assessed based on the square footage of your business space and the anticipated scope of work.