Multiple organizations and businesses took part in the Cass County Green Business Project. Representatives gathered for this photo to discuss accomplishments. Front row from left, Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce Director Cindy Cruse, Plattsmouth Main Street Association Director Charles Jones, Keep Cass County Beautiful Director Linda Behrns; second row, Cass County Historical Society Curator Margo Prentiss and Nebraska Business Development Center student worker Jay Harmon; third row, John's Appliance Sales and Service owner John Baroni, Cass County Bank Mortgage Loan Officer Dennis Brown and Herban Coffee Lab owner Angela Mueller; fourth row, Plattsmouth State Bank Vice President Scott Frazier, Southeast Community College Plattsmouth Learning Center Coordinator Lyn Belitz and Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council Director Jennifer Serkiz; fifth row, Main Street Jewelers co-owner Russ Kathol and Rick Yoder, project facilitator and director of the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center; not pictured, Lissa Nelson of Plattsmouth Animal Hospital.
The project was funded in part by a recent USDA Rural Business Development Grant awarded to Keep Cass County Beautiful. The purpose of the grant was to encourage local businesses to conserve natural resources, protect the environment and prevent pollution. Keep Cass County Beautiful and Richard Yoder, director of the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC), joined forces to lead the project. Businesses that participated in the project were encouraged to look for opportunities to reduce waste and incorporate Energy Star Portfolio Manager into their operations to track energy and water consumption – allowing them to find areas for reducing their environmental footprint as well as operational savings. Several workshops, on-site training and resources were offered to help businesses develop an action plan for improvement and capitalize on the advantages of green branding.
Other partners were UNO’s Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), the Plattsmouth Main Street Association and the Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council (CCNEDC). Keep Cass County Beautiful plans to invest more time into the Green Business Program after initial grant funding so that Cass County businesses can continue to be local environmental leaders and encourage more businesses to adopt green practices.
Businesses completing the program include the Cass County Bank, Cass County Historical Society Museum, Herban Coffee Lab, John’s Appliance, Main Street Jewelers, Plattsmouth State Bank, Southeast Community College Learning Center at Plattsmouth and the Plattsmouth Animal Hospital.