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The goal of the Charleston Green Business Challenge is to improve the environmental performance and sustainability of our businesses. Save Money and Resource, Support Environmental Stewardship, and Get Recognized as a Sustainable Business Leader.

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Provide leadership and practical solutions to ensure a prosperous community that will sustain healthy lives for our citizens and a healthy earth.

Work to inspire individuals and organizations – both within and outside City government – to take actions and implement polices that help make Charleston a model of health and ecologically sustainable living.

Work with City government, business groups, nonprofit organizations, and other partners to protect and enhance Charleston’s distinctive environmental quality and livability.

Green Committee Charge

• Review and utilize Charleston’s greenhouse gas inventory to provide policy recommendations to exceed the City’s target goal of reducing the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 7% from its 1990 levels by the year 2012 with a goal based upon specific emission targets to be aligned with the Charleston Green Committee’s proposed Plan for Climate Protection and Sustainability.

• Create the Plan for Climate Protection and Sustainability for Charleston

• Oversee the implementation of the plan.

• Evaluate Charleston’s Progress for the year 2010 in 2011.

• Present ongoing recommendations to City Council that will ultimately be incorporated into the comprehensive Plan for Climate Protection and Sustainability for Charleston.

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