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Free Guide to Environmental Responsibility for Smaller Companies Published in Spanish

Washington, District of Columbia, Dec. 16 - /EWire/ -- Green Business Network, producer of, and ifPeople, which works to create value in businesses and institutions by incorporating sustainability, have produced a Spanish-language edition of a popular and comprehensive environmental resource guide for smaller businesses.

Mejorando el Impacto Ambiental de Su Empresa ("Greening Your Business: A Primer for Smaller Companies"), a free, downloadable 14-page guide, covers a full range of environmental issues encountered by smaller firms across all sectors. Major sections cover reducing waste, energy and water efficiency, toxics and hazardous substances reduction, meetings and travel, product life cycle, and green building design and construction.

Each section offers an overview of the topic, some basic tips, and links to additional resources.

The original guide was produced in English by Green Business Network, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that produces,, and other free inforomational Web sites. The guide was translated and adapted by ifPeople, which works with companies and organizations in the US and Argentina to implement responsible practices.

Both the English and Spanish editions may be downloaded by going to either or

"We believe the Spanish edition of "Greening Your Business" will bring valuable info to thousands of smaller companies that can benefit from the lower costs and improved effiiciencies that can come from voluntary environmental initiatives," said Joel Makower, founder of Green Business Network. "We are committed to extending our reach by bringing this type of hands-on information to new audiences."

"The Spanish-language adaptation of the "Greening Your Business" guide is an important step in providing practical tools that improve the environmental awareness and performance of small businesses throughout the Americas," said Christopher Johnson, director of If People. "By putting the guide in the hands of Latino business people, we are promoting access to knowledge and best practices that contribute to more sustainable communities."

Founded in 1999, Green Business Network provides information and training to companies of all sizes and sectors. It harnesses the Internet to bring authoritative, accurate, and balanced information and resources to the private sector. Its flagship site,, is visited by more than 1.5 million visitors a year. GBN is a project of The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation, created by an act of Congress in 1999 to advance environmental education in its many forms.

If People, Innovation for People, was founded to provide quality, effective services in a socially responsible and ecologically sustainable way. if People works with clients from diverse sectors and industries to identify and capitalize on opportunities for creating value with economic, ecological and social benefits. If People services provide Information for Innovation, Responsible Technology and Sustainability Consulting. The knowledge and experience gained is shared through its bilingual website

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