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The Gresham Resource Efficiency Assistance To (GREAT) Businesses touts its sustainability efforts.

FILE PHOTO - Shaunna Sutcliffe from the city of Gresham and Mark Haley talk sustainability. The Gresham Resource Efficiency Assistance To (GREAT) Businesses program met for its final coffee hour of the year Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, at Gresham City Hall — sharing the accomplishments the group had achieved the past year, recognizing the sustainability efforts of local businesses and prompting all who attended to make a 2018 "Green Resolution."

In the past year 17 businesses joined or were recertified, 314 sustainability resources were delivered and 59 businesses began composting. In addition, 225 people, representing 72 local businesses, had attended the monthly coffee hours.

"This is an ongoing process, we are continuing to scale up the work we are doing," said Gregg Hayward, GREAT program coordinator.

The GREAT Businesses program is a complementary service that helps businesses find better strategies for material use and disposal. During site visits, GREAT representatives help identify energy and money-saving opportunities, recommend ways to be more efficient with resources, create tailored environmental strategies and provide water saving devices, recycling boxes and education materials.

"We break down barriers," Hayward said. "We are here to help you find ways around roadblocks and become more sustainable."

The businesses and organizations that hosted coffee hours this past year were thanked and recognized. They included Mt. Hood Community College, Moda Center, Rockwood Rising and the Sunrise Center, Rob Hendrickson State Farm Insurance, Gresham's Waste Water Treatment Plant, Origins Café, Habitat for Humanity Gresham ReStore, and Ambleside Meals on Wheels. There was also a downtown walking tour which visited Sunny Hans, All About Automotive, Accent on Attitude, Hoppy Brewer, Benevolence Arts Healing, and Springwater Jewelers.

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