Leader Spotlight: River-Sea Chocolates
As a Leader in the Green Business Partners program, the Chantilly-based River-Sea Chocolates’ commitment to sustainability extends to sourcing its cacao beans from indigenous farmers and shipping them by sail vessels driven only by wind. Learn more about River-Sea Chocolates and how companies in the Green Business Partners Program are supporting climate-friendly, sustainable practices in Fairfax County in our latest video.
GREEN BUSINESS PARTNERS PROGRAM
Are you a Fairfax County business interested in or already taking actions to adopt climate-friendly, sustainable business practices? Then the Green Business Partners program is for you—join today!
- Get Recognition - Green Business Partners will be listed in the county's directory, receive a certificate and window decal, and have use of program logo, which can strengthen your reputation with employees, customers and the community.
- Enhance Your Sustainability Efforts - Network with other Fairfax County businesses to share success stories and learn from each other through webinars and peer exchanges.
- Save Money and Time - Discover ways to finance clean energy, emissions reduction and sustainability efforts through tax credits, incentives and other financing options.
Review the information below if you are interested in learning more.
Fairfax County’s Green Business Partners program brings together local business leaders with a variety of networking, educational, promotional, and employee engagement benefits to support energy and climate-focused business development. The program also honors and celebrates current leaders in this field, teaches how green business practices can reduce costs, shares resources like grants or other incentives, and gives a platform for learning through peer exchange.
The Green Business Partners Program has two different levels of participation:
Participation in the Green Business Partners program is free! You will have access to a variety of networking, educational, promotional, and employee engagement benefits to support energy and climate-focused business development. Your business will also be recognized as part of a county-wide sustainability effort.
Members and Leaders will:
- Set themselves apart from other businesses with a Member or Leader GBP logo, window decal, and a certificate of program membership.
- Gain recognition and be featured on social media and Fairfax County’s website.
- Receive educational materials to support implementation of sustainable business practices.
- Network with other Fairfax County business to share success stories and learn from each other through webinars and other events.
Leaders will also:
- Receive future recognition through video profiles and mentions on Fairfax Government Channel 16, Fairfax County’s website, and social media.
To be eligible to join the Green Business Partners program, all participants must have:
- A physical location in Fairfax County; and
- A current Virginia business license.
- Have implemented, or will implement at least three sustainability practices within one year of membership;
- Sign a pledge that the business has implemented or will implement at least three sustainable business practices within one year of membership; and
- Demonstrate adoption of at least three sustainable business practices after one year of membership through an annual renewal process.
- Certification through a third-party organization or current participation/recognition from a nationally or locally-recognized sustainability program (e.g., ENERGY STAR®, ISO 14001, LEED Certification, EPA’s Green Power Partnership, etc.),
- Recognized by a third-party organization for their sustainable business leadership and can demonstrate they have integrated sustainability into their business model.
Participation in the Green Business Partners program is free! To join the program, follow the steps below:
- Select your partner type and review the eligibility requirements above.
- Complete and submit a participation agreement.
|Freddie Mac||8250 Jones Branch Drive, McLean||Banking & Financial Services||Leader|
|General Dynamics Information Technology||3150 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church||Consulting Services||Leader|
|Inova Health System||8095 Innovation Park Dr,
|Hospital & Health Services||Leader|
|River-Sea Chocolates||4520 Daly Drive,
|Food & Beverage||Leader|
2828 Mary Street,
|My Green Mother LLC||Fairfax||Other||Member|
|NearStar Fusion||13935 Willard Road, Chantilly||Green Power Community||Member|
|Nothing in Between Studio||6410C Arlington Blvd, Falls Church||Other||Member|
|Nothing in Between Studio||1590 Capital One Drive, McLean||Other||Member|
|Pioneer LLC||1901 Anderson Road, Falls Church||Consulting Services||Member|
|Saitama Securities Group LLC||4160 Red Mulberry Drive, Fairfax||Green Power Community||
11911 Freedom Drive,
- Current Green Business Partners Allies (webpage)
- Industry Sector Definitions (webpage)
- List of Sustainable Business Practices (webpage)
- Alternative Fuels Data Center: Workplace Charging for Electric Vehicles (webpage)
- Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency Program (C-Pace) (webpage)
- Green Meetings Information and Resources (webpage)
- Who can participate in the Green Business Partners program?
All businesses no matter the sector (retail, healthcare, information technology, finance, etc.) or the size (micros, small, corporate) are welcome to participate. Those applying must have a valid Fairfax County business license.
- What if my business doesn’t have a BPOL number?
While a business must be registered with Fairfax County to join the program, we understand that some businesses are exempt from BPOL or are just getting established. If you are a Fairfax County business in but don't have a BPOL number, please note the reason why in the application field where the BPOL number is requested.
- Do Green Business Partners have to be in Fairfax County?
Yes, participants must be located within Fairfax County. However, we encourage all businesses to make sustainable choices in their operations.
- What commitments do Green Business Partners make?
Businesses accepted into the Member level need to commit to and demonstrate implementation of at least 3 sustainable practices within one year of membership.
Green Business Partners program staff are here to help! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can connect you to information and resources that may assist your company in its efforts to be more sustainable.
- How long is membership valid?
Membership to the GBP will remain valid as long as Members and Leaders provide information to support an annual review process that will occur at the start of each calendar year (January 1 - February 28). The annual review process will begin in 2025.
- Is there a cost to participate?
No! Participation in the program is FREE for Fairfax County businesses.
- Are non-profit organizations eligible for membership?
Only Fairfax County businesses with a valid business license are eligible for the Membership or Leader level. However, the program is interested in partnering with any organization interested in promoting climate action and sustainability practices. Non-profit organizations, trade groups or other organizations that don’t meet the membership criteria can still be recognized as an “Ally” of the program. Learn more about the Green Business Partners Allies.
If you have questions about eligibility, please email us at email@example.com.
- Is there technical assistance to help businesses meet third-party certifications (LEED, ENERGY STAR, ISO 14001, etc.)?
Currently, the program does not provide technical assistance. However, the program does offer other related benefits such as general information and resources, networking, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to help businesses grow in their sustainability efforts.
GREEN BUSINESS PARTNERS EVENTS
The Green Business Partners Program hosts events, including educational webinars. Use the dropdowns below to explore recent Green Business Partners events.
On June 22, 2023, the Green Business Partners team worked with Department of Transportation to host a joint webinar showcasing how businesses can benefit from the services and resources offered by the Best Workplaces for Commuters and Green Business Partners programs. During the webinar, attendees learned about the benefits of both programs and how they can opt-in to the Green Business Partners program as part of their Best Workplaces for Commuters application. Watch the webinar recording here.
On March 31, 2023, the Green Business Partners team, in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives and Smart City Works, hosted the Fairfax County Green Business Partners Forum.
The Forum showcased energy- and climate-success stories and provided opportunities to network with green business leaders throughout Fairfax County. It also promoted peer-to-peer learning on how green business practices can lower operational costs, reduce waste, and contribute to a healthier and more resilient Fairfax County community. To learn more, see the video recapping the event at the top of this page.