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It pays to go green-dollars and sense!

Going green is more than just an earth-friendly decision for C-U area businesses. It is an investment in the future of the ecosphere and business practice. Plus, while it may seem costly for businesses to go green, especially at first, when newer green supplies and equipment are purchased, the end result is in big saving in water, electric and gas bills.

There are many reasons to go green, other than the obvious earth-friendly reason. The first is there are tax incentives for companies to go green. Also, banks and other lending institutions are more apt to view green businesses as a sound investment. Another reason, and one of high importance to business owners, is that the perception and reputation of a green business is good for the image, and therefore the bottom line for the green business.

Businesses that have gone green in the local area are: BLDD Architects, Body n' Sole Sports, Busey, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Gorski Reifsteck Architects, Ippatsu Salon, Intermezzo Café - Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, M2 on Neil LLC, Progressive Asset Management, RATIO Architects, Rogards Office Plus, Shatterglass Studios, Accuraty Solutions, Taylor Studios, That's Rentertainment, and Urbana Business Association. Go to: www.istc.illinois.edu/zerowaste for more information on waste assessments, zero waste events and scheduling a site visit.

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