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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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