The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce launched an educational program for member businesses in 2008 called Gatlinburg Goes Green. This voluntary educational initiative recognizes businesses that have made a commitment to continuously improve their operations in order to reduce their environmental impact. Self evaluation checklists allow businesses to examine their operations, set goals and take specific actions towards environmental, social and economic sustainability.
The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce was recognized as the 2011 Green Plus™ Chamber of the Year for Leadership in Member Sustainability for the Gatlinburg Goes Green program. Today, there are more than 100 active member businesses enrolled in this initiative, and that number gets higher all the time. Visit www.GatlinburgGoesGreen.com for more information about the Gatlinburg Goes Green initiative.
How to Participate
Any Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Member in good standing may participate. Members wishing to participate must complete the Program Participation Agreement, either online or on paper, and then complete a comprehensive Checklist to be evaluated in order to attain one of four levels: Entry Level, Bronze Level, Silver Level or Gold Level. There are five different checklists for businesses depending on the daily operations of that business: Accommodations, Amusements, Professional Services, Retail and Schools.
The checklist provides nine fields in which the participating evaluates current efforts that the business has taken to improve its impact on the environment. Points are awarded in each and will be used by the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce to recognize Member businesses that are making a difference. Should a business make improvements during the year they are welcome to submit an updated checklist.
Fields where Green Points can be obtained are Communication and Education; Waste Reduction, Reuse, and Recycle; Energy Efficiency, Conservation and Management; Water Conservation and Wastewater Management; Air Quality; Wildlife and Landscape Conservation and Management; Transportation; Purchasing; and Local Community Benefits.
Dates and Times
Gatlinburg Goes Green hosts events throughout the year, and Chamber Member businesses and business partners can join anytime! We work together with Sevier Solid Waste Inc and Keep Sevier Beautiful on education and events as well. If your business or organization would like to join the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce or learn more about Gatlinburg Goes Green, call us at (865) 436-4178.