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Local Green Certificate

Local Green Certificate

Support Our Local Economy – Help Finance Local, Green Businesses! 

Alternatives is an experienced lender for environmentally-focused businesses and people that have supported land conservation efforts, renewable energy producers, retail stores that sell sustainable or locally-made products, restaurants that provide locally grown or raised food, energy efficient affordable housing communities, and building projects that meet green building standards.   

By investing in the Local Green Certificate, your funds help: 

  • Local businesses to thrive and make a difference in the community
  • The creation of jobs
  • Clean technologies such as solar, wind and biomass/biofuels

 A sample of previous green businesses we have loaned to: 

  • Stick & Stone Farm (CSA)
  • Home Green Home (retail store)
  • Ithaca CarShare (loans for car fleet)


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The Local Green Certificate is for
24, 36, or 60 months.
Call or visit Alternatives to set up the Local Green Certificate. 

Alternatives will send you an annual report on businesses supported through the Local Green Certificate.

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Rima Shamieh

My IDA [Individual Development Account] experience was just incredible. I saved a few bucks every week and after a year, I had a savings account with $3,000 in it! And I'm glad that the MoneyWise class was required, because it really helped me develop a healthier relationship with money. So many of the skills I learned in class seemed so obvious, but I never thought/knew how to do them until we went over them in class. For example, tracking my spending made a HUGE difference in how I now spend money. Also, the exercises in the beginning when we explored our relationships with money - I discovered I'm a carefree, spirited, impulsive spender. It helps to put a name on things.

After accruing thousands of dollars in debt from student loans from when I was an undergraduate, I was determined to do all I could to stay out of debt for when I continued my education. The IDA really helped. I feel so much better prepared to build equity and save for my future. Thanks, Alternatives!


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