Green Up Your Business

The Office of Environmental Quality can help green up your small business.  Recently, we visited BCL, of Texas and showed them the path to living and working green by taking one small step at a time. 

This visit kicked off a series of green office presentations that the City offers for local businesses that want to reduce their environmental footprint and inspire their staff to take more sustainable actions throughout the work day, as well as at home.

As part of their continual to commitment to practicing sustainability, BCL’s Dallas office recently earned the City of Dallas bronze level Green Business Certification for actions such as staff education and training, providing reusable dishware and mugs, and promoting green policies, such as a telecommuting and a green purchasing policy.

Cruz Correa, BCL’s Community Loan Center Program Manager and Green Team Lead, said, “It was really great to have the City of Dallas come out and present to us. They had a wealth of information and brought us several different booklets of information that we can take home — everything from natural cleaning products to pesticide alternatives for the garden.” The BCL staff appreciated the passion of the presenters, and how the City staff could speak to their own experience implementing these practices at their own homes and offices. 

BCL CEO Rosa Ríos Valdez, who has championed sustainability and energy efficient practices for her entire career says, “Organizations should lead by example, and we’re happy to help lead the way!”

About BCL of Texas:

BCL of Texas is the most diverse statewide Community Development Financial Institution in Texas, offering consumer, mortgage, business, and community facility loans. In 27 years, BCL has added over $600 million to the local tax base and has helped over 2,000 businesses with expansion support. BCL has helped to create 6,000 new jobs, assisted over 5,000 families to become homebuyers, helped over 4,000 consumers to build their net worth and not fall prey to payday lenders.

Since 1990, Business and Community Lenders (BCL) of Texas has made a commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability one of their core company values. The board of directors has committed to green business practices, such as energy and water conservation, waste diversion, and recycling. BCL has a Green Team that holds monthly strategic meetings, and a Green Operations Plan to guide them along the way.

OEQ would love to help small business with green office tips and educational resources.  We offer free presentations to Dallas area businesses to show you and your employees how sustainable actions can help the planet and your pocketbook.  Contact us through our event and speaker request page at http://greendallas.net/event-request/  

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