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.
Your gift to Alternatives Impact helps our community!
In the spring of 2014, we learned that our minivan needed repairs in excess of it's value. We'd already been cutting back on our auto use, and were trying to walk and bike more. We'd been talking with friends and reading about cargo bikes as a car alternative. Around the same time, a new business, "Boxy Bikes" opened in Ithaca, which specializes in electric and cargo bikes. We found a model we were interested in, and approached alternatives seeking financing. Alternatives set us up with a signature loan, and a "green loan" discount on our rate. Thanks to Alternatives, we are now the happy owners of a "Yuba Mundo" Electric Cargo bike. We can get anywhere we need to go, using no gas, and creating no emissions. I can carry two passengers, or a weeks worth of groceries. The loan will be paid off in two years, and the bike could last for many more, at a fraction of the cost of an automobile.
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