February 1, 2018 Ossining, NY – Green Ossining is proud to announce the nomination of six business leaders in Ossining, New York as the first designees of the newly created Green Ossining Sustainability Partnership. Sustainability partners act on a commitment to reducing energy usage, eliminating or cutting back on single use materials, reducing solid waste, relying on organic or locally sourced ingredients, and focusing on the community’s overall well-being epitomizing the concept of “doing well by doing good.”
These deserving business leaders include Tom Deacon, founder of Fable Farms; Laurie Gershgorn, owner of Good Choice Kitchen; Kathryn and Luis Corena, owners of First Village Coffee; Roger and Leah Mason, owners of Basta Restaurant; Olga Bonilla, owner of Los Abuelos Restaurant; Jon Zeltsman and Miriam Haas, owners of Down to Earth Markets; David & Lynn Schofield, owners of SBS Printing & Shipping; and Scott Ryan, co-founder of 6 Degrees of Separation Restaurant & Brewery,
Each of these visionary entrepreneurs recognizes that environmentally sustainable business practices contribute to the overall success of their enterprises. As Kathryn Corena says: because she and her husband Luis have children “they very much wanted their business to achieve something good in the world.”
“Doing the right thing for the environment, often means you’re doing the right thing for your bottom line. Many local business owners get that. The Green Ossining Sustainability Partnership is a great way for those forward thinking business owners to get some extra thanks from local patrons, while inspiring more businesses to follow their lead!” said Victoria Gearity, Mayor, Village of Ossining.
The Green Ossining Sustainability Partnership and its designated members will serve as a valuable resource for members of the Ossining business community wishing to learn more about the practical benefits of environmentally sustainable methods that can be applied to their individual enterprises. It will also identify and promote its members to the residents of Ossining and Westchester County and attract customers who wish to patronize local merchants who are doing their best to become good citizens of the environment.
Bruce Brandfon, spearheading the effort and a member of Green Ossining, states that “Ossining now has the opportunity to identify itself as one of New York State’s most outstanding sustainable communities.”
Dana Levenberg, Supervisor, Town of Ossining said, “Green Ossining has truly helped our community focus on sustainability in a meaningful way. The Sustainability Partnership gets down to brass tacks in terms of simple steps any business can take to be an environmental steward. Our younger generation tends to recognize these attitudes and patronizes businesses who share their vision for a lasting and green future. Kudos to Green Ossining for recognizing these outstanding businesses and to the businesses themselves for taking our environment very seriously. I certainly hope many more businesses will follow.”
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
- Use of energy efficient lighting and lower energy options
- Focus on recycling and training of staff as to proper methods
- Installation of signage to assure that customers and staff are recycling
- Reduction/elimination of single use and non-recyclable products
- Use of paper products with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content
- Encourage staff to carpool and/or use public transportation
- Explore/encourage composting of food waste
- Limit use of pesticides where applicable
- Use Green Seal Certified and/or naturally derived cleaning products
- Update water consuming products to create efficiencies
- Work with like-minded, environmentally conscious partners and vendors
- Reduce paper mailings via increased usage of email
More to come, so stay tuned!