Better Business Challenge Award Winners Set "Green" Example

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Winners of this year’s Better Business Challenge awards are now acting as leaders in the Charlottesville community when it comes to going green - and one business has gone above and beyond to save the environment.

Harvest Moon Catering won the Better Business Green Leader Award this year for its efforts to go green.

"It’s just one thing, you don't have to get caught up in ‘I'm going to reduce my footprint by 100%.’ It’s reducing your footprint by a small quantitative amount that works for you,” said Mark Hahn, owner of Harvest Moon.

"So basically we just tried to find whatever stream of waste for whatever item we were using, where it was going. We did the research, we simplified it, and created a packet,” said Chelsea Wilkes, Harvest Moon green team leader.

Harvest Moon has efficient lighting and composts. Paper towels from hand-washing are compostable, and they're recycling the plastic bags they use to cover their linens.

“Once you take one step, the other additions come a little bit more simply,” said Hahn.

"A lot of the businesses at the awards ceremony were saying, ‘We're ready for the next challenge,’” said Teri Kent, commercial outreach coordinator of LEAP.

The people at Harvest Moon recognizes their influence and role in pushing the green movement forward. They're reflecting on what they've managed to already do, and how to move forward.

"It creates these networks and connections that enable you to really do more without even realizing it...without it becoming this daunting thing or kind of label,” said Hahn.

If you want to start thinking about ways you or your business can go green, click here.

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