The Sustany Foundation & Downtown Partnership Recognize Sustainable Businesses
Tampa, Florida (April 1, 2014) – Local businesses are saving some green as they go green. As ten downtown Tampa businesses implement sustainability plans, they have discovered sustainability goes hand in hand with business profitability. Under Sustany’s guidance, University of Tampa and University of South Florida student sustainability specialists worked with businesses to evaluate their current operational practices.
The student specialists researched and identified opportunities for businesses to reduce waste, improve efficiency in energy and water usage, and become better connected with community resources. The participating businesses have begun implementing some of these new found practices, and already finding financial benefits. Practices range from the traditional recycling efforts and tinted windows, to more cutting edge ideas of reuse of oyster shells, vertical gardening, and employee education on alternative transportation options.
“We want to have a positive environmental impact and source locally but the program also stressed cost-savings which is important to us because we do not want to pass costs onto the consumer,” – Sing Xuan Hurt, Anise Global Gastrobar
On Earth Day, the Sustany Foundation, in collaboration with Tampa Downtown Partnership, will recognize businesses with green business certification from the City of Tampa.
Participating Downtown Tampa Businesses:
Bamboozle Café and Bamboozle Tea Lounge
Anise Global Gastrobar
Duckweed Urban Market
Renaissance Planning Group
City Bike Tampa
Malio’s Prime Steakhouse
Two events to celebrate and spotlight participating businesses:
Sustany Sustainable Business Program (SSBP) Recognition Ceremony
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
(ceremony open to the public)
Tampa City Council Chambers
315 East Kennedy Boulevard
City Hall, 3rd Floor
The business case for sustainability is well-proven. Long term growth strategies are inseparable from social, economic, and natural resource concerns. Benefits include:
Cost reduction and operational efficiencies
Improved employee morale
Greater community engagement
Sustainable Restaurant Walking Tour
Tuesday April 22, 2014, 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Tour starting at Duckweed Urban Market and proceeds to Bamboozle Café, Malio’s Prime Steakhouse, and Anise Global Gastrobar.
Showcasing some of the participating businesses. Tickets are $10 and include small plates, a guided walking route, and door prizes from Sustainable Business Program merchants. Purchase tickets at http://sustany.org.
The mission of the Sustany Foundation is to enhance the quality of life of the Tampa Bay community by promoting sustainability. Founded in 2007, Sustany supports sustainability through education and programs that advance economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. The Sustany Foundation leads local initiatives such as the Sustainable Business Program, Comm[YOU]nity volunteer connection, and the annual Sustainable Buzz. By collaborating with individuals and organizations, Sustany is a catalyst for innovative community projects that improve life in Tampa Bay now and into the future. For more information, visit Sustany.org.
About the Tampa Downtown Partnership
The Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c)6 comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, the TDP administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the TDP serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, planning and beautification. For more information, visit www.tampasdowntown.com.