Spring 2018
Commercial Recycling Team
Chris Day
Commercial Recycling Supervisor
Angela Hernandez
Sr. Administrative Assistant

Commercial Recycling Coordinators

Andrea Allston

Vicki Darbonne

Kim Flynn
Michelle Long

Welcome Our Latest Green Businesses

Snappy Salads has done
it again! The new Plano location (Parkwood and S.H. 121) has followed in the footsteps of its original location by becoming Green Business Certified in January. Green initiatives at this Snappy Salads include LED lights, nontoxic VOC paint, paper straws and compostable take-out containers. Snappy Salads' vision of green goes beyond varieties of lettuce. This purveyor of unique salads and other healthy offerings touts reclaimed-wood tabletops and recycled-glass countertops. 

Snappy Salads is serious about its environmental commitment. Each location is a drop-off site for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and rechargeable batteries for recycling. That commitment extends further by offering an Electronic Waste Recycling Roundup twice a year at no cost to you. Snappy Salads makes it look easy to be green -- great food and environmental commitment -- for this restaurant, it's a snap!

TreeHouse has the honor
of being the world's first
energy-positive home improvement store. The store celebrated its grand opening mid-January and became Green Business Certified (GBC) in late February. The 35,000-square-foot store showcases innovative eco-friendly goods and services, ranging from energy-efficient windows and sustainable flooring to options for an environmentally-friendly designer kitchen remodel. This retailer practices what it sells -- sustainable green living. In addition to having 100% green power, the store uses all LED lighting, offers a courtyard of native plants and partners with  Whole Foods Market  next door to recycle its organic food and plant materials. 

Whether seeking indoor or exterior home upgrades, patrons can find high-performance, environmentally-sound alternatives for roofing, lighting, garden supplies and patio furniture to make their homes healthy, sustainable and beautiful.

Become Green Business Certified.

Volunteer April 14 for Plano's Great American Cleanup
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano's
2017 cleanup team
Plano's Great American Cleanup (GAC) is our largest annual citywide community cleanup event. Help keep Plano litter-free. Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, clubs and residents are invited to clean up their property or a City park, trail or creek.

Register by Sunday, April 8, and receive free volunteer t-shirts and cleanup supplies. Your t-shirt is your ticket to the GAC After Party, a family-friendly, beach-themed event celebrating the positive impact that community cleanups have on our waterways and community. After your cleanup, join us at the Chase Oaks Church - Legacy Campus parking lot for hamburgers/veggie burgers and beverages. Enjoy live music, face painting, educational booths, contests and more!

Citywide Cleanup | 9-11 a.m.
A fter Party @ Chase Oaks Church parking lot | 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Register now at plano.gov/GAC

Nominate a Business for the Environmental Awards
2017 Green Building Award Winner
Austin Commercial
April 1 is no joke -- it's the date the annual Environmental Star of Excellence Awards open for nominations. These awards recognize Plano business leaders who demonstrate outstanding environmental leadership and achievement in six categories: Environmental Stewardship, Corporate Campus, Green Construction, Small Business, Multi-family and Green Business Certified. Deadline for nomination is Monday, June 18 and an awards luncheon celebrating the winners is September 19 at The Hope Center. For more information, visit  plano.gov/eca or contact Angela Hernandez at 972-769-4393.

Celebrate Earth Day
Ea rth Day, the  world's largest  environmental moveme nt, is  Sunday, April 22. End Plastic Pollution is the 2018 theme for this worldwide celebration, which began in 1970. To learn more about Earth Day and perhaps be inspired to take action, visit earthday.org where you can create your own "act of green." Consider Earth Day a starting point for making positive environmental change to shape the future. 

If your business is celebrating Earth Day or has taken specific steps to End Plastic Pollution -- please share your mission and photos with us by sending an email to the editor at andreaa@plano.gov. Happy Earth Day!

Newsletter Changes Name -- New Look to Come
Y ou'll notice a name  change on  the next  issue. The SNAP e-News (Sustainable   News About Plano) is becoming The Business of Green. Our quarterly newsletter will continue to provide you with information on topics reflecting the environmental side of Plano's commercial sector. We'll share smart tips to help you change your carbon footprint in affordable ways that save your business money. Watch for a total new look to the newsletter in our Summer edition. As always, your input and suggestions are welcome. Send them to andreaa@plano.gov .