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Ann Arbor’s Bold New Green Business Challenge

May 2, 2024 Press Releases

The City of Ann Arbor, in partnership with Ann Arbor SPARK, is proud to unveil the Ann Arbor Green Business Challenge (A2 GBC), an exciting initiative set to revolutionize sustainability efforts in the local business community.

Designed to celebrate and champion businesses committed to eco-friendly practices, the A2 GBC is more than just a certification program—it’s a movement to create a greener, more sustainable future. By participating in the challenge, businesses have the opportunity to showcase their dedication to environmental responsibility while earning recognition and rewards.

On Tuesday, May 7, a Launch event will be held to share information with interested businesses. Speakers will include Rodger Bowser of Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Yahang Zhang of RRS, and Heidi Poscher of 4th Purpose Energy. Breakfast treats from Zingerman’s will be served. Registration is available here.

How It Works:
Businesses participating in the A2 GBC will create sustainability across seven key categories: energy, circular economy, water, resilience, supply chain, education, and mobility. Participants earn points that correspond to different certification levels, from reducing energy consumption to promoting upcycling; every step towards sustainability counts.

Recognition and Rewards:
The A2 GBC doesn’t stop at acknowledgment—it rewards excellence. At the end of the 4.5-month challenge period, all participating businesses will be recognized. Top performers receive rewards for their outstanding achievements and innovative sustainability initiatives.

Help build a greener, more sustainable tomorrow with the Ann Arbor Green Business Challenge. Register here.

About A2 GBC:
The Ann Arbor Green Business Challenge is a joint effort between Ann Arbor’s Office of Sustainability and Innovations (OSI) and Ann Arbor SPARK. This program recognizes, supports, and celebrates local businesses working to advance sustainability in the community. It also contributes to the City’s A2ZERO goal of achieving community-wide carbon neutrality by 2030. For more information and to join the movement, visit the A2 Green Business Challenge.