The Blue Book Building & Construction Network® celebrated official Westchester Green Business Certification in a ceremony that took place at their Jefferson Valley headquarters on October 3rd, 2017. Representatives from Westchester Green Business, the Westchester County Executive’s office, and The Business Council of Westchester were in attendance to celebrate this accomplishment.
“The Blue Book Network® is striving to incorporate this ongoing initiative into our culture,” explains Robb Kalmer, Manager of Facilities and Corporate Services for the Jefferson Valley company. We have formed a Green Team, created a Green Mission and are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting environmental stewardship at all levels of our organization. Our goal is to minimize our impact and maximize future generations’ ability to live, work, and play in our shared natural environment, with equal access to clean air, clean water, and natural resources,” he added.
The Blue Book Network®, a 104-year-old company that became employee-owned in 2012, is one of the larger employers in Northern Westchester. With 250 employees in their headquarter buildings and another 250 located nationwide, the once family-owned company has grown significantly, serving the commercial construction industry since 1913 and consequently recognizes the importance of sustainability.
“We are delighted to be celebrating this remarkable achievement with The Blue Book Network® team, said Westchester Green Business Program Director Dani Glaser. “The Blue Book was one of the first companies to join our program and has shown incredible leadership throughout the entire certification process. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with The Blue Book team in the years ahead.”
“Congratulations to the entire team at The Blue Book Network® that worked so hard to achieve this prestigious certification,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “The Blue Book is a shining example of what can be accomplished when employees at every level work together to minimize their environmental impact while increasing efficiency and improving the bottom line.”
About The Blue Book Building and Construction Network®
The Blue Book Network®, an employee-owned enterprise, is the largest, most active construction network in The United States. For over 100 years, the commercial construction industry has depended on us for accurate, complete and up-to-date information on the people and products required for their projects. The Blue Book Network® maintains a nationwide construction search-engine at http://www.thebluebook.com and provides a complete suite of information, workflow and marketing resources. Our mission is to empower the construction community to connect, collaborate and grow by telling their unique stories and building profitable relationships. We provide the resources and opportunities that the industry needs to succeed.
About Westchester Green Business
Established in 2009, Westchester Green Business (WGB) is a Business Council of Westchester in partnership with Westchester County. Business owners who aspire to a more sustainable organization make a commitment to become a certified “Westchester Green Business” and are provided with a comprehensive toolkit to measurably decrease their company’s environmental impact. These organizations work closely with WGB staff to learn exactly where resources are wasted, identify opportunities to increase efficiency and save money, and implement the necessary changes to gain certification. The WGB program has been recognized by New York State (NYSERDA) as a replicable model and is now available to all NYS businesses.