License the Strive Towards Sustainability (STS) Assessment
& Eco Seal Program
A revolutionary tool for small- to mid-sized membership organizations, consulting firms and other groups dedicated to local living economies and the triple bottom line.
The perfect segue from "Buy Local" campaigns to "Buy Sustainable" efforts, the STS program helps businesses identify and transition to practices that increase organizational sustainability. The program also provides a guided standard about businesses’ behavior in nine categories of sustainability for increasingly eco-conscious consumers. The STS assessment and Eco-Seal program is a tangible response to questions about green-washing and helps a company to attain true market differentiation.
Help your members adopt new green business practices and legitimize their marketing by administering the STS workshops and follow-up process.
STS program participants develop sustainability skills by:
• Attending training workshops and lectures
• Receiving research assistance from your organization’s staff and/or interns
• Reading STS educational publications, and
• Networking with like-minded managers/owners
The STS program helps educate consumers by:
• Recognizing business achievements with an Eco-Seal level [see discussion on Greenpoints and seals below]
• Providing a quick reference about businesses’ activities by awarding badges among nine sustainability categories
• Describing specific accomplishments, in detail, on the member organization's website with a web summary of self-reported accomplishments
• Creating widespread awareness of sustainability through the use of the above marketing tools in the community
Please contact us using the form below to learn more about the program licensing costs.
Read responses to our most frequently asked questions here (PDF)
STS Achievement Levels
demonstrate genuine commitment and progress toward embracing and implementing environmental/social sustainability practices. The striver level is the entry level recognition and is earned by accruing five Greenpoints, at least two badges, and sending one stakeholder to the Greening Your Business workshop.
demonstrate significant integration of environmental and social sustainability practices throughout the organization. The gold level is earned by accruing ten Greenpoints and at least four badges.
demonstrate comprehensive integration and cultural adoption of sustainable best practices throughout the organization. The green level is reserved for market-leading organizations that have accrued 15 Greenpoints and 7 or more badges. This achievement level recognizes companies that have demonstrated best practices among their peer organizations and market sector.
“Discussing and hearing ideas with others was very helpful. Also, Lisa and Susan did a great job showing the
applicability of ideas to all of the different business types.” Steven Phillips PM Tax Services
“ I also appreciated hearing from other business owners and how they need/want to commit to being more sustainable.” Anonymous
“Great Workshop, I feel more confident that my business is impacting the community in a positive way.” Souta Calling Last, Healthy Hummingbird Massage & Art Center
“The assessment tool was very well put together & helpful. I can't wait to get it back & have our
Green Team start working on it.” Erin Foster West, Ecology Project International
“A good networking opportunity.” Youth Homes (4 participants)
"Brainstorming and thinking creatively about going beyond low hanging fruit was very useful." Ryan Shaffer, Attorney, Shaffer Law Office
“Very useful & moved quick & informative…I appreciate this purpose to be bigger than just business.
I feel it will enhance the lifestyle of future generations.” Bob Burke, Quality Supply
“Make us actually realize how much we are already doing sustainably in our business without really realizing it.” Anonymous
“It was laid out well and informative.” Ryan Weisser, Axiom IT Solution
“I enjoyed everything in this workshop I feel like it was a great first step…The teachers did a great job with the class.
I would be interested in attending more workshops.” Lindsey Maplethorpe, Safeguard Business Systems
“Good program for all levels of knowledge about sustainability.” Anonymous
“Most Useful: The feed back and support from the other businesses and groups within the same issues we are facing.” MFCU (5 participants)