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 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.
Green Business Challenge Overview and Case Studies (link to presentation) 


Green Business Challenge Actions

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) Support local renewable power generation by subscribing to a solar or hydroelectric Community Distributed Generation project.

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

7) Other actions: Significantly reducing single use plastic and host of other actions that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, or otherwise addresses climate change are welcome.


Event Schedule:

To be announced


Campaign Contact Information

If you represent a business that wishes to participate in the Green Business Challenge, please complete this form: Green Business Challenge Inquiry 

If you wish to volunteer as an Ambassador for the campaign, please contact us at this email address: Green Business Challenge Email

Or call the Ulster County Department of the Environment at (845) 340-4298