Diamond Properties recently celebrated its designation as Westchester Green Business-Certified as part of the Westchester Green Business Challenge (WGBC) at Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco.
CEO Jim Diamond was presented with two proclamations. The first, from County Executive Rob Astorino’s office was presented by William Mooney III, director of Economic Development, Westchester County; Peter Harkham, Majority Leader of the Board of Legislators, District 2; and George Oros, Chief of Staff for the County Executive’s Office.
David Buchwald, State Assemblyman, District 93 presented another proclamation from the state assembly.
Mount Kisco Mayor J. Michael Cindrich of was also in attendance as Diamond was given a green business certificate from WBGC.
“Personally, and as a company, we care about sustainability,” said Jim Diamond, CEO of the Mount Kisco-based Diamond Properties. “It makes sense economically and it makes sense for the environment.”
The Westchester Green Business Challenge (WGBC) is designed to improve environmental sustainability for businesses throughout the county. It is a public-private partnership between Westchester County government and The Business Council of Westchester, the county’s largest business membership association.
“The Business Council has been a partner from the beginning of the program in 2009,” said Sara James, director of Membership for The Business Council of Westchester. “Our mission is to support sustainable economic growth throughout the region.”
The WGBC has 275 Westchester-based members, including 18 businesses that signed on to the pilot of Westchester Green Business-Certified earlier this year.
To date three of those businesses including Diamond Properties, The Blue Pig and Reckson a division of SL Green, have met the criteria to be Westchester Green Business-Certified.
“The Westchester Green Business Challenge and Certified programs provide businesses with the tools, expertise and encouragement that they need to successfully integrate sustainable business practices into company operations,” said Dani Glaser, founder and CEO of Green Team Spirit (GTS), an organization that helps businesses achieve sustainability goals.
Diamond Properties’ implementation of green business practices started two years ago with a few solar panels on GPNY’s roof. To date, 25 percent of GPNY’s three-acre roof is covered with solar panels; the rest will be completed over the next nine months.
“Diamond Properties made an investment to help offset our carbon footprint by selling power back it its tenants,” said Nat Mundy, vice president of Marketing for GPNY.
“The tenants buy the power generated by the solar panels at a lower rate. They’re saving money every month.”
Mundy said the whole solar roof project will include 14 acres of solar panels divided amongst six Diamond properties that have signed on to go green.