Written by Stephen Fielder
Proselytizing to the masses on ‘going green’ dominated discussion at the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Green Business Council’s (GBC) meeting at Glory House in downtown Irving on Sept. 20.
More specifically, the council discussed the Chamber’s ‘green’ themed annual meeting on Oct. 29, which presents a major opportunity for the GBC to spread the word and to gather participation and support for its environmental stewardship mission.
The council is dedicated to the proposition that environmental initiatives such as energy and water conservation, recycling, waste efficiency and environmentally sensitive purchasing practices are smarter and more sustainable for residents and businesses in the community.
The GBC plans to attend the October meeting in force. They will have a booth at the annual meeting to spread the word and offer assistance and information, and guests should have no trouble spotting them on account of their loud, green clothing.
The meeting also reported on their assistance to Our Children’s House. With the help of the Council, Our Children’s House is getting a number of environmentally friendly upgrades. Energy efficient fixtures, light sensors and thermostats have already been donated, and the charity is also getting a washer and dryer. It’s all part of a plan to help reduce Our Children’s House’s expenses, allowing their resources to go to treating more children.
“‘Going Green’ is more efficient and, therefore, smarter and more effective,” said Jo Ann Goin, owner of Glory House and co-chair of the Green Business Council.
The Green Business Council also discussed a number of other projects, plans and initiatives that are either ongoing or in the works.