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Arizona's 'greenest' workplaces

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Southern Arizona is participating in a competition on which companyis the ‘greenest'.

"This unit hooks up in here," states Bill Osteen fromGolden Eagle Distributors as he hooks up to what looks like any other gas pump,but this one is different, it delivers compressed natural gas. 

"We are in the process of converting vehicles in other places,"said Osteen.  When Golden EagleDistributors made the switch to clean fuel, it actually saved them money.

Osteen stated, "It's about a 40 percent reduction in fuel costs soin just a few years you can recoup your investment." 

Golden Eagle won the first ever Mrs. Green's World's GreenestWorkplace challenge for adding energy saving lights and encouraging employeesto recycle.

(Gina Murphy-Darling/ Mrs. Green's World)

"Anybody that's committed to moving their business practicesand what they do with their carbon footprint in a greener direction we say comeon apply," said Gina Murphy-Darling, of Mrs. Green's World.

Murphy-Darling hosts an internet radio show about all thingsgreen.  She stated her annual businesscompetition is meant to inspire.

"The companies that get on board," stated Murphy-Darling. "Theywant to brag about what they're doing for the planet."

One local sports specialty retailer, Tri-Sports.com is taking themission of going green directly to its employees by encouraging them to ride towork.

"We have an extensive commuter program where we pay our employeesten cents per mile," stated Debbie Claggett from Tri-Sports.com.

The employees have gone a step further and made it a competition.  Tri-Sports.com also won the Green WorkplaceChallenge for its reuse of shipping boxes, in addition to solar panels and awater harvesting system. 

Every business in Southern Arizona can make small changes to ‘gogreen', one of the first steps is to start with recycling.

"It's not hard to get a blue bin and put it next to the trashcan in your break room, at each person's desk and really start encouraging that,"said Claggett.

Nominations for the ‘Greenest Workplace Challenge' are due byFriday.  For more information go onlineto http://www.mrsgreensworld.com/azs-greenest-workplace-challenge/

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