The city of Edina’s Energy & Environment Commission launched a new business recognition program in May 2019 to celebrate green and sustainable actions promoted by local businesses.

Since its launch, six Edina businesses have earned the Green Business Recognition in gold, silver and bronze levels. Businesses earn points for taking green actions in the areas of solid waste, recycling, purchasing, energy use, landscaping and water conservation, transportation and more. Businesses can earn recognition as a gold, silver or bronze Green Business and will be able to post their recognition level publicly for shoppers.

Businesses must earn 25 points to receive bronze recognition, 40 for silver and 55 for gold recognition. To maintain their recognition level, businesses are required to resubmit their application annually.

Second Quarter, 2019 Gold Recognized Businesses:

• Wooden Hill Brewing Company, 7421 Bush Lake Road

• Lunds & Byerlys (France Avenue store), 7171 France Ave.

• Western National Insurance Group, 4700 W. 77th St.

Second Quarter, 2019 Silver Recognized Businesses:

• Gateway Bank, 4530 France Ave. S., Suite 200

• Grandview Tire & Auto, 5415 W. 70th St.

Second Quarter, 2019 Bronze Recognized Businesses:

• Ellingson & Ellingson, Ltd., 5101 Vernon Ave. S., Suite 501

“Businesses are taking steps to be more sustainable and green,” said Edina Energy & Environment Commissioner Michelle Horan. “This program is highlighting those efforts. Many businesses already qualify for Green Business recognition; they just need to complete the form to be acknowledged. For other businesses, it’s a matter of making a few small changes to processes and we hope this recognition program is the catalyst for making those changes.”

Businesses of all types are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply online at EdinaMN.gov/Sustainable. For more information, contact City Management Fellow Casey Casella at ccasella@EdinaMN.gov

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