This Friday’s monthly Art Up Art Walk will have a twist. Six local businesses will use 25 percent of their profits from that day for their energy retrofit projects, as part of the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce’s Agent Green program.
Agent Green is an organized culture mob that works to bring Seattle residents into the neighborhood to use their collective purchasing power to support neighborhood businesses that promise to dedicate 25% of their sales from the day towards energy and water efficiency retrofitting.
This event honors six pilot businesses in particular, the first to participate in the chamber’s Green Smart Sustainable Business Program. This new program is designed to help neighborhood businesses reduce their carbon footprint and improve their overall sustainability.
Shop local, give back and build your community. The monthly art walk offers friends and neighbors an evening where they can shop works from local Northwest artists, explore great food in the Greenwood-Phinney community and support community giving throughout the year.
In February, your purchasing power, combined with the Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities’ cash rebates for energy efficient upgrades, will create the capital and inertia needed to aid the businesses in drastically reducing their energy use.
The Green Smart Sustainable Business Program’s pilot businesses are:
- Greenwood Sip and Ship – 8560 Greenwood Ave. N.
- TerraBella Flowers – 8417 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Steven Cole Salon – 8408 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Avanti Art & Design – 7317 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café – 6412 Phinney Ave. N. (closes at 2 p.m.) Special offer: Join Mae’s Café E-Club for chance to win one of three gift certificates for Breakfast for Two ($35 value)
- Gainsbourg Lounge – 8550 Greenwood Ave. N.
Gainsbourg will be the “headquarters” for Agent Green on Friday. Stop by from 6-10 p.m. and learn more about the program, and enjoy live music and food and drink specials.
The Green Smart Sustainable Business Program, powered by the Chamber’s Sustainability Committee, helps small businesses in our neighborhood reduce their carbon footprint and improve their overall sustainability. The program’s goals include:
- Assist businesses to perform a carbon footprint analysis and lower operating costs through increased energy efficiency and waste reduction strategies
- Connect businesses with available City of Seattle resources such as rebates and funding and with local, green contractors to perform retrofits
- Provide marketing for participating businesses
- Provide workshops and educational materials on small business sustainability
(Disclosure: Agent Green is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)