Green 2009

"The mere fact that we exist is how we're green," said Keith Heming, director of operations. Heming said by taking in the items that are sorted and then sold or recycled, the Samaritan Center keeps 200 to 400 tons of clothing, accessories, toys and electronics out of the landfill each year.

Eco-friendly soap and beauty products that are made with natural ingredients and packaged in recycled materials.

Rick Strickland, owner of Preferred Cleaners, said the eco-friendly Rynex solvent he uses is non-carcinogenic, biodegradable and has a low toxicity, unlike traditional solvents long used in the industry. In addition to the solvents being easy on the Earth, a special machine is able to reclaim 99 percent of the solvent used.

Environmentally friendly architecture and interior design firm that helps clients choose energy saving options for building.

* What: Shaw Green Edge platform — an eco-friendly initiative the business has undertaken that encompasses its companywide sustainability efforts, which include 150 to 200 projects, products and processes.

Owner Larry Hopper said it’s not just about going into an industry that is environmentally friendly, but by making an environmentally friendly product to go along with the industry. All stair towers are made from 100 percent recyclable aluminum or steel.

Chattanooga and Tennessee may be on the front edge of the plug-in electric car movement, but are we ready?

Last year was the second warmest on record for the planet, and this year is now on par to be the planet’s hottest, according to climatologists.

What: A recreational vehicle dealer in Hixson has begun selling “green” Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels, which officials say are lighter and have less of an impact on the environment during the manufacturing process than comparable “nongreen” trailers.

Before the city’s Brownfield Job Training program, Dee Craig made $7.25 an hour stacking cardboard cutouts for a local poster company.

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