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Green Plus and Local-Ventures launch partnership

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A Triangle company and nonprofit agency have joined forces to support and promote businesses that participate in a two-year program centered on sustainability initiatives.

The Green Plus Certification program provides education, networking opportunities and recognition for small to mid-sized business that seek to improve their bottom line through sustainability initiatives. The program is a product of the Durham-based Institute for Sustainable Development, a partnership of universities, chambers of commerce and business leaders that seeks to educate and cultivate leaders in the sustainability field. The organization has members in 18 states.

Local-Ventures is a Chapel Hill-based company that focuses on local sourcing. The Local-Ventures website enables businesses in the Triangle to find, assess, and purchase from vetted local vendors.

Under the new partnership, Local-Ventures will be considering Green Plus member companies to be included in their network of vetted local vendors.

“Because Green Plus businesses have already been through a rigorous certification process, we are confident they will fare well in the Local-Ventures vetting process,” said Chris Carmody, executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Development.

Local-Ventures and the institute also plan to host some local events together and share information with their respective business networks, said Ann Johnson, chief executive officer at Local-Ventures.

More information about the institute and Green Plus can be found here.

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