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Oct 10, 2012 11:10 AM by Ryan Haarer

Businesses enter "Arizona's Greenest Workplace Challenge"

TUCSON- Going green is becoming a trend among Arizona businesses. This month a little competition encourages them to take its earth friendly practices to the next level.

Mrsgreensworld.com sponsors the statewide "Arizona's Greenest Workplace Challenge." Green living advocate, Gina Murphy-Darling, also known as Mrs. Green says the contest not only highlights those businesses reducing their carbon footprint but also shows others how economical going green can be.

"If you are cutting down on electricity, cutting down on water use, cutting down on the paper you use, all of a sudden it is showing up in your bottom line, said Mrs. Green."

Last year's winner was TriSports.com. The online triathlon store also has a major storefront location in Tucson. The warehouse has gone completely green. It's a path owners Debbie and Seton Claggett decided to take when they started TriSports 12 years ago.

"We have our solar that produces 95-100 percent of our power. We have our water catchment system. We can save from 100-110 thousand gallons of water every year," said Debbie.

But their move towards a more sustainable environment doesn't stop at a parking lot covered by solar panels. TriSports recycles just about everything in their store. They offer recycled boxes to their customers, collect used biking shoes and recycle used bike parts. They even offer employees incentives to bike to work.

To submit your company moving in a green direction visit www.mrsgreensworld.com and click the contest link. Registration ends October 19.

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