Wall Street may be the life blood but small businesses are NYC’s backbone.
“Our new economy is based on locally-owned, community-oriented ‘living enterprises’ whose success is measured as much by their positive impact on people and the environment as by their positive balance sheet.”
David Korten, Agenda for a New Economy
The backbone and leaders of this new economy in NYC are businesses involved in enterprises to help mitigate and adapt to the very real impact of climate change — green businesses.
To help NYC green businesses achieve a ‘Triple Bottom Line:’ Profitability, Sustainability and Opportunity
- Promote NYC green businesses, services and products
- Facilitate partnerships and opportunities for joint ventures
- Provide resources, information and strategies for sustainability
Services and Offerings:
- Webinars on barriers to and strategies for green market development
- Online ‘Expos’ to promote products and services citywide
- A ‘virtual’ business-friendly resource for sourcing qualified staff
- An easily searchable data base to match green sellers and buyers
- Web-based tools for formal and informal business collaboration
- A continuum of internet connections to new customers and new markets
- Operation through state of the art internet and telecommunication technology to maximize participation and involvement while minimizing time and travel commitments.
- Green businesses:
- Those who own existing green enterprises
- Those who wish to start green enterprises
- Those committed to becoming ‘Green’
- Consumers of green products and services
- Workers interested in pursuing ‘Green’ Careers
- Other stakeholders in a greener, more sustainable New York
Origins and The Future:
As an essential part of its US Department of Labor Pathways out of Poverty grant funded Bronx Center for Environmental Workforce Training, NY’s Consortium for Worker Education (CWE), with its primary business service partners, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) and the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) founded The Bronx Green Business Network.
This Network has grown and evolved into The Big Apple Green and includes green businesses throughout all five boroughs of NYC. Over the next three years, The Big Apple Green will expand its membership to over three hundred. This Network will be continuously improved by adding and upgrading ‘member-driven’ resources to increase its effectiveness and value.