What can you do to protect
the environment, save money, save energy, and attract customers
that are looking for green businesses? The Vermont Business
Environmental Partnership Program with its new Vermont
Clean Marinas program has an answer to this question. (Click here
for current partners)
The Vermont Clean Marinas Program is a sector program of the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership (VBEP). All VBEP programs are FREE, voluntary, environmental assistance and business recognition programs offered by the Environmental Assistance Office (EAO) of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VTSBDC). The goals of the Partnership are to improve environmental and economic performance and to promote public recognition of environmental excellence for businesses. The Program has three sector specific programs: Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State, Green Restaurants in the Green Mountain State, and Vermont Clean Marinas.
The Vermont Clean Marina designation will recognize the Environmental Leaders in the marina business. Marinas must achieve the set of eight environmental standards required of all members. All Environmental Leaders must satisfy both tiers of the 'General Business' requirements, which includes satisfactory completion of the VBEP Marina Achievement Form and the VBEP Environmental Action Plan. Any marina can still join as an Environmental Partner in the 'General Businesses' program, however they will not be recognized in any Vermont Clean Marina publicity. If you are interested in joining VBEP at the Partner level, review the "How to Join" basics for the VBEP program. You will follow this procedure to be approved for the first tier, the Partner level. On that page you will
also find links to other pages for the general VBEP program.
How to Join
Contact the program representatives to schedule a site visit. The program representative will visit your facility and assess your site for ongoing enironmental best management practices and new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts plus be a resource as you complete the VBEP Marina Achievement Form and the VBEP Environmental Action Plan. When the forms are approved and other environmental management requirements are satisfied, the business is designated as a Vermont Clean Marina. Technical assistance is available during this process and as long as the designation is maintained by completing the VBEP Annual Survey and any other requirements. Once membership is achieved, you will receive a certificate, and an electronic version of program logo to use in your marketing materials, as well as a listing on on the home page of the VBEP as a new partner, and permanent listing on the VBEP Members web page.