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Westchester Businesses Earn Green Business Certification In Bedford Hills

Atlantic Westchester in Bedford Hills and SunBlue Energy both received Westchester Green Business-Certifications. Shown are: Tom "Sarge" Barzelatto, Ken Berish, Cathy Hoffman, Tom Burbank, Sam Burbank, Lisa Hammer and Bud Hammer.
Atlantic Westchester in Bedford Hills and SunBlue Energy both received Westchester Green Business-Certifications. Shown are: Tom "Sarge" Barzelatto, Ken Berish, Cathy Hoffman, Tom Burbank, Sam Burbank, Lisa Hammer and Bud Hammer. Photo Credit: Submitted

BEDFORD, N.Y. — Westchester Green Business Certifications were bestowed upon two Westchester County companies at a Dec. 17 ceremony in Bedford Hills.

Atlantic Westchester engaged SunBlue Energy’s services this past summer to install solar panels at its facility to improve its own energy conservation efforts. They collaborated to work together as WGB-Certified members.

“Their collaboration represents the highest goals of the program that encourages member organizations to work together towards a sustainable future,” said Dani Glaser, creator and co-director of the Westchester Green Business Challenge and Certified program.

The event was at Atlantic Westchester’s office on Adams Street in Bedford Hills.

The award ceremony was led by WGBC program partners Deputy Westchester County Executive Kevin Plunkett, The Business Council of Westchester COO John Ravitz and Green Team Spirit CEO and WGBC Program Director Dani Glaser. Representatives from the Energize NY Finance program, The Town of Bedford and Bedford 2020 also participated.

Atlantic Westchester was the first commercial property owner in Bedford to receive Energize NY financing for its 12 kW solar electric rooftop system. The system is expected to offset 24 percent of electric consumption at the headquarter's office buildings. To date, the system is providing 120 percent of the estimated capacity.

WGB-Certified is an expansion of the Westchester Green Business Challenge program, a public-private partnership launched in 2009 by Westchester County and The Business Council of Westchester to help businesses become more environmentally sustainable while saving money and improving performance. To date, more than 300 businesses have taken part in the challenge.

Behavioral and technical solutions are provided to organizations in the following categories: organizational commitment, energy, materials management (waste & recycling and green purchasing), refrigerants, transportation, land use and water.

There currently are 50 member businesses in WGB-Certified, 18 of which have achieved certification. Many local Westchester towns also are taking a lead in energy efficiency. Bedford 2020, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020 in the town of Bedford.

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