Spokane wants more applicants for SMART business recognition during its efforts to make the city more “green.” In order to make Spokane more “green,” the city has been striving to get businesses more involved in the process, and through their SMART program, they have a way to publicly recognize those businesses that are doing their part. The pursuit to become a more environmentally friendly city is a noble cause, and by applauding businesses that are making substantial efforts, Spokane is certainly doing a good job at promoting the whole initiative.
At the heart of the Spokane city SMART program is the effort to improve everything about the community. The acronym SMART stands for Sustainable Management of Assets, Resources, and Technology in the Spokane area, and it is something that all businesses should strive to be a part of. Spokane, through this program, is encouraging Spokane businesses to adopt policies and practices that encourage good management of assets that they call financial, built, natural, and human capital. Businesses are asked to improve their practices in all areas, and then get recognized for their efforts.
There are two ways that the city has chosen to recognize businesses undertaking these “green” efforts, and they include being a participant and being certified. A participating business is one that has committed to making a change in their business practices. A certified business is one that has demonstrated not just that they are seeking to make changes, but that they already have, and will continue to make those changes. The recognition comes from the city, and each business can then use that information in their own advertising purposes. Being able to tell a community that you business is “green” can be a big selling point in this economy.
The city also came up with a way to categorize how businesses are trying to be green, splitting things up into categories that will help to denote exactly what a business is trying to accomplish. It’s an easier way to look at things when it comes to what needs to be recognized within each business, and there are nine categories that the city is hoping everyone will get better at. The categories where the city is looking for improvement are as follows:
*Historic Preservation (new)
*Innovation (for outstanding achievement within one of the eight categories above)
Spokane is doing a great job at applauding businesses for making these improvements, but the city should also receive recognition for having a program like this that will make life better for everyone in the Spokane area.