Greening Sarasota Business
Sarasota offers an exceptional quality of life that includes many environmental amenities: nature areas, green buildings, and celebratory events around the sustainability agenda. Our community is replete with powerhouse environmental nonprofits. However, many of the region's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have yet to embrace and benefit from commercial strategies and successes in the sustainability space.
The mission of Reith Energy is to help leaders of local businesses and institutions play a bigger role in our community's green economy, adopting leaner practices and deploying updated technologies for energy management, water efficiency, and waste recycling. Reith Energy helps business owners green their product offerings and create green-collar jobs.
Reith Energy has been greening business communities and enterprises since 1985, first as Sustainable Systems, Inc. and more recently as Reith Energy. Supported by family and professional colleagues, Reith Energy has advanced sustainability in 14 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the US. Our clients have been industrial facilities, mines, universities, and governments, including ministries, states, and municipalities. Our focus has been forever sharp: leveraging business to green the environment.
And now our focus is sharply local. Reith Energy is working with stakeholders in Sarasota's government, nonprofits, and businesses community to implement sustainable systems for facilities, operations, products, and services.
Sarasota Green Business Initiative
Principal Consultant Charles Reith is working with the Bay Chapter of Rotary International and the Florida House Institute to engage local environmental interests and businesses into a process that will promote sustainability in our region's commercial community. The objective of the Green Business Initiative (GBI) is to craft a locally pertinent standard of environ-mental performance that aligns with the City's and County's objectives relative to renewable energy, climate stewardship, water management, waste reduction, and preservation of natural habitat and resources. The GBI builds upon the County's Green Business Partnership Program, which fostered early action in the sustainability space but which now requires greater community participation and ownership by both environmental advocacy groups and business owners.