Mid-Missouri businesses strive to go green

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COLUMBIA - Some local businesses in Mid-Missouri are making sustainability a priority in the office. The Mid-Missouri Tourism Council sponsored an event Wednesday for business owners and managers to communicate ideas in how to decrease carbon offsets.

Barbara Buffaloe, sustainability manager for the City of Columbia, said the event helped companies learn tips in how to go paperless and proper ways to donate leftover food.

"We have businesses come in that want to know how they can go green for their meetings," said Buffaloe. "We help provide recycling bins at the meetings or refill water stations instead of bottled water."

Buffaloe said these changes really make a difference on both the enjoyment of the meeting as well as how much stuff goes into the landfill.

Norm Benedict, president of the Mid- Missouri Tourism Council, said this event is the first of its kind.

"People are talking about sustainability and being environmentally friendly," Benedict said. "We figured now is the time to sit down and talk about it. So in other words, if you own the business, what can you do to make it better."

The forum also provided the names of local companies that can lend a helping hand to those who want to go green.