The Be Green Program is a new initiative by the New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) to encourage homeowners and businesses to adopt organic lawn care practices. According to the NYSDEC, “more and more, customers are asking their landscapers and lawn and tree maintenance businesses about organic options. Signing up to be a Be Green Organic Yards NY business is one way you can demonstrate your commitment to organic practices. Be Green businesses sign an agreement with NYSDEC for the right to use the Be Green service mark (logo). In return, businesses agree that, when they provide Be Green services, they will avoid the synthetic pesticides and other materials prohibited by the organic conditions in the agreement.”
For a business to qualify, the business must:
Successfully complete qualifying training and agree to specific conditions, including prohibitions on specific pest management materials that cannot be used. The training includes taking a 20 question exam and passing it by answering at least 75% of the questions correctly.
Sign a License Agreement with the NYSDEC. Entering such an Agreement means the business is licensed to use NYSDEC’s Be Green service mark (logo) under the conditions in the Agreement.
Please examine the Be Green website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/65071.html