Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business 

INTRODUCTION
The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and its Green Business Initiative encourage all businesses to strive for long-term environmental sustainability. Updated for 2017 and beyond, the Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business scorecard helps identify and recognize the environmentally-sustainable accomplishments of participating businesses. Any entity conducting business in the Loudoun-Dulles corridor is welcome to pursue annual certification through the completion and submission of a Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business scorecard, or by pursuing the alternative path described under the section labeled GET STARTED below.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Each business reporting a minimum of 30 points will be recognized as a Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business for the following calendar year. The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will recognize each Certified Sustainable business at an annual reception and will further publicize this accomplishment through the Loudoun Chamber’s marketing and public relations efforts. Businesses are also encouraged to publicize their accomplishments through their own publicity and social media.

Additional awards include:
Scores of 50 points and above Business Excellence Award
Three years and more continued Certification Sustained Excellence Award
Most improved score over previous year Most Improved Business Award
Most Innovative Idea Pat Trammell Award

The annual scorecard submission deadline is September 30. Public recognition begins at an annual awards reception hosted by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. While there are no registration fees to take part in the Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business program, an admission fee is required for those who choose to attend the annual awards reception.

Free networking opportunities and educational programs addressing sustainability are scheduled throughout the year. Please refer to Loudounchamber.org for a calendar of events.


GET STARTED
To begin, select a scorecard. If your business owns its commercial space, select the “Commercial Based” scorecard. All other entities, including home-based businesses and businesses operating out of leased spaces should select the “Tenant & Home-based” scorecard.

The Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business scorecard invites businesses to pursue the specific actions identified within the scorecard and/or welcomes creativity for those who prefer to insert their own innovative sustainable actions. Regardless of your preference, the objective is to improve operations, reduce your carbon footprint and gain annual recognition as a Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business.

If your business takes part in an industry-specific sustainability program, appropriate documentation may be submitted to the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce in place of a scorecard. Please submit alternative program information to: promanow@loudounchamber.org


PILLARS OF SUSTAINABILITY
The Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business program relies on the honor and integrity of each participant. There are no authorities in place to audit each submission. The Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business has been developed to recognize, acknowledge and build a community of trust among participating organizations. To better prepare for the scorecard and certification process, consider how sustainability relates to your business with regard to these pillars of sustainability:
• Efficiency and quality—How does your business improve efficiency in waste, energy, transportation, water and the supply chain?
• Productivity—How does your business address air quality, thermal comfort, greenery/nature, and water quality?
• Growth and resiliency— How does your business engage employees, conduct public outreach, and address risk management?

QUESTIONS
Any questions or concerns regarding the Loudoun Certified Sustainable Business program should be directed to promanow@loudounchamber.org.