Green Economy

Green Business Initiative


The Green Economy is a diverse collection of businesses that cuts across traditional sectors. Some green businesses directly provide environmental services – such as green construction, clean energy, energy efficiency, water quality management, landscaping, and green design. Others provide a wide variety of goods and services – bakeries and breweries, real estate and insurance companies, media and software developers, manufacturers – doing what they do in the most sustainable way possible.

The Ulster County Green Economy Engagement Network (UGREEN) will bring green economy businesses, investors, and individuals together with our Office for Economic Development and our other business development partners to learn about green business needs and build the systems and supports to encourage expansion of this sector.

Go green, grow green – Join the Green Economy Network

Quarterly gatherings will combine informative and inspiring presentations with opportunities for networking. They will also be an opportunity to promote Green Careers training offerings and job openings and to celebrate new Green Business Champions. Smaller, facilitated peer networks within green subsectors will provide opportunities for information sharing, problem-solving, and sector-building. The Office of Economic Development will use all this information to target business support to growth areas and leverage points within our green economy. By 2025, our target is that UGREEN is networking and supporting 500 green businesses, or more than 10 percent of all businesses in the county.