Area businesses will be recognized for environmentally responsible business practices during Ivy Tech Community College’s Earth Day Forum on April 22

LAFAYETTE – The Clear-Blue-Green Business Certification Program will present the first certifications to local businesses during Ivy Tech Community College’s Earth Day Forum on April 22, at 6:30 p.m. The voluntary certification program recognizes businesses that are committed and engaged in environmentally responsible operations and practices. The program is a partnership between the Go Greener Commission, Greater Lafayette Commerce, the City of Lafayette, and the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation.

Area businesses receiving certification are: Cartridge World, Clearly Organized, Green Goose Homes, Hannum Wagle & Cline Engineering, Henry Poor Lumber & Homeworks, Huth Thompson, K Dees Coffee, Lafayette Savings Bank, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Roeing Corporation, State Farm, Stormfront Productions, The National Group, SIA, The Sunspot Natural Market, WISER, and Zojila.

Any business within Tippecanoe County is eligible for certification. Businesses must submit an application and application fee to a review board that awards certification. Application forms are available from Greater Lafayette Commerce (www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com). A Clear-Blue-Green business conserves resources and prevents pollution, protects environmental and public health and wellness, strengthens its bottom line through operating efficiencies, creates a healthy workplace, and is recognized as a business and environmental leader in the community.

Ivy Tech’s Earth Day Forum will be held April 22 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Ivy Hall on the Lafayette campus. The event is free and open to the public. The special Earth Day celebration includes presentations and demonstrations by industry experts in alternative fuels, renewable energy and sustainable living. The public forum begins at 6:30 p.m. in the NCHS Auditorium. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers from industry experts.

The event is sponsored by Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology and Sustainable Energy Programs. Ivy Tech offers associate of applied science degrees and technical certificates in Alternative Fuel Technician, Wind Turbine Technology, Renewable Energy Systems Technology, and Home Technology Integration. The Automotive Technology Program is a member of the National Alternative Fuel Consortium.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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