Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Green Business Spotlight: Vancouver Spinal Care

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Located in downtown Vancouver, Vancouver Spinal Care offers chiropractic care, massage therapy, and care for accidents and injuries. This 5-person office proves that it's possible to go green by setting a goal, changing habits and making small, incremental changes to reduce energy consumption and waste. 

Vancouver Spinal Care launched their greening efforts with a goal to reduce energy use. They evaluated lighting and removed bulbs that weren't needed. They further improved their lighting efficiency by installing occupancy sensors in rooms that aren't constantly used during business hours.

Next, an office shut down procedure was incorporated into their energy conservation strategy. When it's time to go home for the evening, employees make sure to twist the blinds closed, and computers, mice, the printer, and lights are all turned off.

To reduce paper use, Vancouver Spinal Care created a new patient form for their website that can be completed electronically, and they use linens on massage headrests instead disposable paper covers. Rather than reach for a paper cup, employees are expected to have their own reusable mug for day-to-day use.

When Kevin, the leader of Vancouver Spinal Care's environmental efforts, was asked if he had tips to share with others interested in greening their own workplace, he said that breaking old habits is possible but sometimes difficult, so it's important to pay attention to the small things and use reminders. Even little details such making sure there are signs on the recycling bins can make a difference.

Learn more about Vancouver Spinal Care on their website.

If you'd like to conserve resources at your workplace, but aren't sure where to start, the Green Business Program can help! Contact info@clarkgreenbiz.com to learn more about our services. You could also learn more about what other businesses are doing to be more environmentally friendly by attending a Green Business Morning Blend event.

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