Summer 2018
Welcome Our New Green Businesses
My Possibilities

The new 20-acre My Possibilities Campus for Higher Learning is the first college campus in Texas designed specifically for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) such as autism and Down and Asperger syndromes. The Campus’ environmental attributes include daylighting, motion sensor lights, LED lighting, native adaptive landscaping and bike racks. My Possibilities anticipates serving more than 700 HIPsters (Hugely Important People) weekly. The HIPsters green team assists with single-stream recycling—proving it’s HIP to be green!

 Crave Popcorn Co.

Carol Davis, owner of Crave Popcorn Co. says “We’re proud to take the necessary steps to reduce waste through recycling, repurposing and reducing.” Crave Popcorn’s green attributes include LED lighting, reclaimed furniture and use of non-toxic cleaning supplies. Their gourmet popcorn is made on site in small batches using natural ingredients such as fresh cheese and real butter. Popcorn is available in many sweet, savory and signature flavors as well as a variety of other old-fashioned sweets and soda pop.

 The Orchard School 

The Orchard School (formerly The Grove School) provides early childhood education and is dedicated to instilling environmental principles in the next generation. Inventive teaching and sustainable surroundings encompass the young students who actively participate in single-stream recycling, on-site composting and gardening. The facility offers low-VOC paint throughout, water-efficient restrooms, natural lighting, and sustainable building and playground materials.

Interested in becoming Green Business Certified? Go to or contact Angela Hernandez with questions.
Have You Seen Plano's Certified Green Businesses About Town?
Maria Mott of Signs By Tomorrow and Cameron Johnson of DRIVE Auto Appearance  hosted the quarterly GBC Roundtable at Toyota Motor National Headquarters on July 13. Attendees enjoyed networking and lunch while they were treated with a tour of Toyota’s LEED Platinum building. Sustainable attributes highlighted included lighting, solar panels, cisterns and landscaping. Employee conveniences such as a gym, medical center and pharmacy were on tour as well.
Harley Davidson Financial Services ’ green team engaged and inspired their team associates with an encompassing Earth Day celebration. Associates vied for prizes in guessing the number of plastic bags which "Bagman Monster"—green team member Brandon Ballantyne wore. Educational exhibits, a book exchange and textile collection were offered for additional prizes and fun.  
For Arbor Day, Cambria hotels and suites and Harley Davidson Financial Services (HDFS) participated in the Texas Tree Foundation tree planting in Bob Woodruff Park. Both HDFS and Cambria hotel’s teams dug holes and planted trees. Cambria posted and did a live feed on its Facebook site.
Sadie Nelson of Custer McDermott Animal Hospital hosted a booth at the City of Plano’s first annual Bark in the Park event on June 9 at the Dog Park at Jack Carter Park. The free event, held in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day, provided fun, music, demonstrations, raffle prizes and education. Pet owners learned about pet resources, pet insurance, training and safety tips while their furry friends enjoyed great treats and giveaways.  
The Villas at Chase Oaks staff organized and planned a pilot textile recycling project with Simple Recycling with terrific results. Property Manager Tina Paysinger communicated the textile collection in conjunction with a swim party to residents several weeks before the collection event by clipping notices on each resident’s door and placing posters in common areas. The event culminated on July 23 with the textile collection and swim party featuring BBQ and fixin’s, music and prizes. The grand prize was a $100 Visa gift card for the resident who collected the most bags and drawings for gift cards and prizes for residents in attendance. A total of 113 bags weighing 1,052 pounds were collected. This successful pilot will serve as a template for engaging other multi-family communities in hosting a textile collection to divert items from the landfill. 
Will You Be at the Environmental Community Awards?
Nominations are closed for the annual Environmental Star of Excellence (ESOE) business awards. Interviews are underway to determine the 2018 winners in six categories: 
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Corporate Campus
  • Green Construction
  • Small Business
  • Multi-family
  • Green Business. 

The Environmental Community Awards luncheon is Sept. 19 at The Hope Center. Along with the business awards, the City will honor outstanding environmental leadership and achievement by schools, nonprofits, organizations and individuals.