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Wind Energy Generation

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North Myrtle Beach, SC

One would be hard-pressed to find a region rich in oil with untapped wells or accessible coal unscathed by a miner. It does not take long, however, to find a powerful natural energy source literally blowing past American cities, unharnessed. Current technology is able to capture nearly 60 percent of wind’s energy. This potential power in the wind flowing over the United States in one year is more than the country’s total power needs for those same 365 days, yet wind power currently makes up less than one percent of our energy supply. This number is likely to grow in the not so distant future, however, as communities around the world are working to capture this free and renewable resource. One such community is North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Through alliances with a number of local economic and academic institutions, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is taking steps not only toward local energy independence but toward the establishment of a powerful economic cluster.
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Climate Prosperity Project

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St. Louis, MO

The distribution of transportation, housing, human capital, and other similar resources has led most civic leaders to agree that a regional approach to economic development is most effective.  After decades of success in advancing the economy of their 16-county region, expanding into both Missouri and Illinois, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) is determined to realize similar accomplishments in their regional approach to climate change issues.  Through their participation as a pilot region in the Climate Prosperity Project, one of the newest and most ambitious initiatives marrying climate protection and economic development, RCGA is improving not only the economic strength, but the environmental vitality of greater St. Louis. 
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Green Plus

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro, NC

A program instigated by the local chamber of commerce that teaches businesses how they can effectively use sustainable solutions to cut costs and reduce waste.

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Green Business Recognition Program

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Knoxville, TN

A membership program that offers support to participating businesses that agree to engage in green strategies.

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Green Business Network

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Waco, TX

A state of the art, sustainable building that serves as an example to the Waco community, encouraging other businesses to engage in environmentally friendly practices.

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Environmental Innovations Conference & Expo

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Greater Lehigh Valley

A regional effort to educate the business community and encourage sustainable business methods throughout Lehigh Valley and the surrounding area.

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Energizing the Future

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Seattle, WA

A business community that has taken a large, active role in the community’s efforts to encourage green activities.

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Climate Policy and the Clean Tech Corridor

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Los Angeles, CA

A local chamber of commerce that promotes environmental policy as a key to the city's economic viability.

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Climate Protection Partnership

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Greater Kansas City

Local businesses that promote environmental strategies as a necessary action for the continued economic success of the community.

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Green Business Initiative

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Indianapolis, IN

Positive reinforcement for businesses that observe green practices in the Indianapolis community.

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Green is Good for Business Conference

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Columbia, SC

A chamber of commerce that is actively creating a more sustainable Columbia community by involving local business leaders in the effort.

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Clean Industries—Cleaner Air

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Chattanooga, TN

A business community dedicated to both the economic and environmental health of Chattanooga.

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B-Green 2020

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Bridgeport, CT

A wide-reaching collaboration that has resulted in impressive environmental and financial benefits for the city of Bridgeport.

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Partners and the 2011 Green Plus Awards

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The Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Awards 2011: Recognizing Sustainability Today

Building a Green economy is critical to our future—sustainability is imperative. The 2011 Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Awards announce the winners of its annual Green Plus Community and Green Plus Chambers from throughout the United States, that are leading in sustainable economic development practices. This event took place on June 16, 2011...click here to read about the awardees

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Volume II of the Economics of Sustainability Released!

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Partners is excited to announce the release of the second volume of tDollarsAndSenseOfGreenBusinessCOVERhe Economics of Sustainability, “The Dollars and Sense of Green Business,” made possible by support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. This publication is a continuation of Partners’ sustainability agenda and explores the innovation and leadership of 22 chambers of commerce from around the country—true champions of the green economy. To read more about Partners’ Economics of Sustainability initiative, click here.

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