Responsible green business practices are not just for CPA’s and Personnel departments. They should be intrinsically linked to a company or corporation’s environmental consciousness. As a business owner or CEO, being a decision maker, you are given the task of conscientious obligation, or “best practices” and are ultimately directly responsible for what you choose to do. We are all aware of the detrimental impact businesses have made on this planet, the consequences of which we are still sifting through in 2013. Through awareness, education and support, this generation can reverse the course of action from past mistakes and prevent future environmental dilemmas through green business practices.
Let’s look at green business problems and solutions. We all know that properly disposing of our trash is a literally growing problem. Converting waste into energy is an essential race for space. It is projected that the amount of solid waste in landfills is expected to increase by 70% globally by the year 2025. There is no place that this issue could be more critical than in a location with limited space like the Hawaiian Islands, which can be viewed as a giant opportunity for green business. The islands host over 7 million tourists (as of 2011) annually, but the fact remains that the tourists fly home and leave behind their trash. As recently as 2005, aggressive incentives including deposit fees for containers such as glass, plastic and aluminum and curbside pickup have been successful, yet may be too little, too late.
Currently each of the islands has its own landfill(s) and participates in the same recycling systems we do on the mainland. The island of Molokai has exhibited an eruption of community support around this dilemma, the issue of renewable energy, resource independence, as well as education on environmental stewardship, showcased recently at the Renewable Energy Festival in January 2013. In this particularly fragile environment, minimal impact and maximum benefit to the residents must be in balance. Green business A.R.E., Inc. (Aurora Renewable Energies, Inc.) presented a dynamic and direct solution to converting the islands trash into energy using the Syngas method, with minimal consequences to the environment, a stark contrast to the Big Wind Project.
Cameron McElroy, ROC’s Environmental Integration specialist (the guy that makes us a green business), represented A.R.E., Inc. at the Molokai Renewable Energy Festival and is actively facilitating support and fostering a partnership between ecoROC and positive green ventures that directly affect our Earth. As a part of our green business solution, proclaiming our support and commitment to environmental stewardship, the mission of ROC and ecoROC is not merely a slogan but requires concerted effort, education and most importantly action. Taking stewardship seriously is intrinsically linked with sustainability and green businesses. ROC realizes that no man is an island, but perhaps the islands are where it should start beginning with converting trash into treasure.