The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

1945 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota
FL 34236

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

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The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce exists to provide the leadership to achieve a diverse balanced economy that enhances the quality of living and working in Sarasota County. The Chamber's vision is to create the best business climate in the United States. Our vision is not about having more. It is about having better. Our view of the ideal business climate is a balance between quality of living and quality of working. It is a community abundant with talent, embracing of technology, and encouraging of diversity. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce exists to maximize our members' success, the community's competitiveness, and the area's economic strength.

As a Green Business Partner, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce became one of the first Chambers in the southwest Florida region to take advantage of producing its own power, utilizing solar. Blue Sky SolarGroup, a division of Green Business Partner Blue Sky Construction Management, installed a 10,000 watt (10 kW) solar roof and awning mounted installation that supplies the Chamber building with over 10% of its power needs; reducing its carbon footprint. Solar panels are just one of the steps the Chamber has taken to become a certified Green Business Partner. The Chamber conserves energy by using lighting controls such as occupancy sensors, setting energy-saving and stand-by settings to the minimum time intervals on electronics, and instituted a policy that all electronic devices and lighting be turned off in unoccupied rooms and offices. The Chamber also exceeds the program standards in paper waste reduction.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce became a Sarasota County Green Business Partner in 2012. The Green Business Partnership (GBP) encourages environmental stewardship in the commercial sector, and recognizes businesses that make an extra effort to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. This collaborative effort includes businesses, business organizations and local governments. The GBP was initiated through a grant awarded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to Sarasota County. For more information about the Green Business Partnership visit: www.scgov.net/greenbusiness

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