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The Greater Waco Chamber is a business organization dedicated to enhancing Greater Waco as a center of excellence and community of choice for businesses and residents. Located in growing Central Texas along the Brazos and Bosque Rivers, Greater Waco is keenly aware of the balance of economy and environment. Greater Waco Chamber recently built America’s First Green Chamber of Commerce building with more green facilities under construction in the market. Greater Waco Chamber developed the Waco Green Business Network, a program to highlight the green efforts of local business. It is one of the first local efforts in the country to educate, identify, recognize and promote businesses that engage in sustainable practices. Help Greater Waco to be recognized as Texas' Green, Livable City."

Waco Green Business Network

Ambit Energy Marathon Norco
Baylor University Mars Snackfood US
Brazos Higher Education Service Corporation McLennan Community College
Capstone Mechanical Mr. Electric
Caterpillar Work Tools Planned Parenthood of Central Texas
Green Cleaning Waco Rapoport Academy Public School
Greater Waco Chamber Texas State Technical College
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Trane
I.M. Life Coaching Wal-Mart #1254
Johnson Roofing Inc  
Magnolia Homes  

How to add your company's name to this list:

Five steps to sustainability

Step One - A business sustainability checklist was developed to help companies get started. Businesses may consider incorporating 78 activities into their day-to-day activities. The majority are both good for the environment and cost-saving measures.
Step Two - Greater Waco businesses are engaged in great things in sustainability. Tell us what your company is doing by completing the Green Business Survey. It follows the checklist in areas of waste prevention, recycling, purchasing, energy and water conservation, involving stakeholders, transportation and operations.

Step Three – The Greater Waco Chamber will recognize companies that participate in the Green Business Survey and demonstrate green efforts in all categories. Businesses in the network will be highlighted in the Chamber publications (print and online), articles placed locally and out of market and a window sticker and electronic logo.

Step Four – Waco Green Business Network companies will be invited to join, a business networking Web site to share ideas. It is a great way for business owners and sustainability coordinators to discuss "How did you do that in Waco?"

Step Five - Waco Green Business Network companies will be listed on Gen Green Life national online directory. Cutsomers are looking for green businesses. The directory provides awareness for companies in the Waco Green Business Network.

The Greater Waco Chamber recognizes that sustainability is good for the environment AND good for business.

Breakthrough Initiative Win recognition as a green, livable city.

The Greater Waco Chamber is an advocate for green business practices and outstanding efforts to promote environmental standards for living, working and playing.

The Go Green Committee is charged with:

  • developing and maintaining an active inventory of green practices in Greater Waco;
  • gaining national recognition for Greater Waco as a Green community;
  • engaging the Greater Waco business communit in sustainable efforts in their businesses and in the community at large;
  • increase programs, guidelines and incentives for sustainability throughout Greater Waco.
  Waco We D.I.G.
Green is good business. That’s not a contradiction. Sustainable practices are becoming more common in the workplace. Companies are focusing on reducing the impacts of their processes and employees on the environment. Greater Waco is front and center in this tide of change. MORE
First green Chamber building in America
The Chamber's new headquarters at 101 S. Third St. is Waco's first green building. The building is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The designation emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
100% Renewable Energy
The Greater Waco Chamber building uses energy from 100% renewable sources through Green Mountain Energy. About 6.5 percent of the building's energy use is offset by 48 photovoltaic panels on the roof. This has an annual impact of
• 326,000 pounds of CO2 avoided
• Not driving 323,000 miles
• Taking 29 cars off the road
• Sequestration of 19,600 trees.
Flip the Switch
Student's from Waco ISD's Sul Ross Elementary joined Chamber and city officials celebrate the building's new solar array with a "Flip the Switch" event. These panels convert sunlight into electricity, producing 9.6 kilowatts of clean energy. The solar array is nearly 720 square feet. The solar panels were installed by Texas-based
Standard Renewable Energy.

Waco's first living roof
The 1,750-square-foot living roof is planted with varieties of sedum that require little water and maintenance. The design concept is Walk Along the River. The “river” plant is Sedum Reflexum Gray Creeper, and the “bank” is Sedum Sexangulare interspersed with Sedum Palmerii, Sedum Spectabile “Brilliant” and Sedum Kamschaticum. A design project by the Texas State Technical College Waco Landscape Design Technician Program in Waco identified the use of sedum varietals both for low maintenance and design purposes. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center also provided input.

The living roof reduces the urban heat island, absorbs air pollution, collects airborne pollutants and stores carbon. It also provides extra insluation that reduces the amount of heating and air conditioning needed inside the building. Rainwater that would otherwise run off the site irrigates the plants. Excess rainwater is retained in a cistern, and a solar-powered pump returns the water to the roof during dry periods.

Green business attraction
The Chamber is promoting Greater Waco as eco-friendly and business-friendly. Targeting industries that produce products for green industries and use new technologies is a priority. We recognize member businesses that practice exceptional green efforts. The Summer 08 issue of the Waco Chamber & Business Quarterly for more details.

The Green Standard
Waco is on its way to becoming known as Texas' green, livable city.
What does this mean as communities are competing for jobs and businesses are vying for customers? It means the gap between being green and making green is closing, and businesses and communities can gain an advantage by the way they manufacture goods, construct buildings and operate on a daily basis. MORE
Green Thinking, Green Working...
So much focus today is directed to the "green movement" in businss. This is not a fad or a passing phenomenon - it is a lifestyle change. It is better for the environment, smarter for our future and in the long run, better for business. MORE
Green Kudos
Keep Waco Beautiful Awards

Keep Waco Beautiful recognized the efforts made by individuals, groups, schools, organizations and businesses to enhance their community and protect the environment in an annual Partners in Pride Award Reception in May.
For some, grease is the word in combatting high fuel prices / Waco Tribune-Herald

The Chamber joined forces with the City of Waco, McLennan County and the Texas Clean Air Coalition to fight the building of 11 coal-fired generating plants in Central Texas. Keeping Greater Waco in non-attainment status is of particular concern to community leaders.

Water Quality
The Chamber's Water Quality Committee demonstrates the business community's commitment to quality water and become better-equipped to make informed recommendations for the protection of the North Bosque River, Lake Waco and their source watershed. For more information on water quality in Waco, click here.