This Gallup poll indicates that small busines owners are eschewing environmental innovations because of the tight economy. What isn’t mentioned – and is of utmost importance – is the fact that businesses can save money by implementing sustainable practices, such as cutting energy and water consumption and reducing waste. Start now, business and homeowners: it must might help pull us out of this miserable economic slump!
One in three owners say economic conditions have impacted their plans to go green
by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist
PRINCETON, NJ — One in three small-business owners say the economy has impacted their plans to become more “green,” and fewer think their customers would be willing to pay more for environmentally friendly goods and services today (27%) than thought that was the case about two years ago (43%).
…it seems as though Congress and the administration may have an opportunity to simultaneously boost the U.S. economy and improve the environment by helping America’s small businesses become more “green.” Whether it is tax cuts or credits, a special grant program, or something else, finding a way to help small businesses become increasingly “green” would seem likely to create jobs, stimulate the economy, and improve the environment without the controversy surrounding the “cap-and-trade” plan to tax and limit carbon emissions.