2018 Ulster County Green Business Challenge


The Goal: With the help of volunteer GBC Ambassadors and local experts, 100 Ulster County businesses, organizations, or municipalities will complete an energy retrofit, install solar or other renewable energy, or implement another action that will both save money and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

The purpose of the Ulster County Green Business Challenge is to help Ulster County businesses, organizations and municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emission to mitigate climate change, and, in most cases, reap considerable savings doing so. We also want to support our local green building contractors, renewable energy providers and other businesses that implement sustainability practices.

The 2018 Green Business Challenge Campaign is led by the Ulster County Climate Smart Committee and supported by the Ulster County Department of the Environment and the Office of Economic Development.


Here is list of actions that businesses can take to become an Ulster County Green Business Leader:

1) Energy Audit: Undertaking an energy audit is usually the first step because that will help GBC participants to understand and prioritize the most effective actions to take, however the audit must be followed by one or more of the following actions:

2) Energy Retrofit: Undertake an energy retrofit, which can include: Air-sealing and insulation; Installing ground-source (geothermal) or air-source heat pump for heating and cooling; switching to LED lighting: interior, exterior or municipal street lighting

3) Install a solar array or other renewable energy system to generate your own power: Wind or small, low-impact hydroelectric would also qualify.

4) Purchase 100% renewable energy from a LOCAL source of renewable energy, such as a Community Solar Project or hydroelectric facility.

5) Purchase an electric vehicle or install one or more electric vehicle charging stations. Switching to EV fleets is a great way to improve transportation, especially if combined with renewable energy generation

6) Restaurants and other food waste generators implement food waste reuse with Food Bank of the Hudson Valley and/or composting via local haulers who will take it to the UCRRA or other composting facilities.

7) In addition, a business can apply to undertake Drawdown solutions or other energy saving initiatives by demonstrating how much energy and greenhouse gas emissions the action will save.


Event Schedule:

May 24th:             Green Business Challenge Volunteer Training,

  SUNY Ulster Kingston Center, Room 104, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Date TBD June:     Business Breakfast, Vendor Fair & Green Business Challenge Launch

                              Location to be confirmed


Campaign Links:

Invitation for Free Volunteer Training for Green Business Challenge Ambassadors

Sign up here: Green Business Challenge Training Sign-Up