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The EarthE Honors Credit can be either a monetary or non-monetary reward (or perk) that participating businesses give to customers (or employees) to honor them for taking environmental actions.

Businesses offer an EarthE Credit to customers in exchange for ::

1/  A *Love letter to the Earth* that a customer has written about an eco action(s) they have taken in the last month. These may be brought into a business, posted on a businesse's Facebook page and/or on the businesse's blog - depending on the business.

2/  An XOEarth Award/ Money that the customer has received from a friend or employer for an eco action(s) they have taken in the last month.

3/ Taking specific eco actions described by the business, such as riding their bike to the store or bringing their own reusable shopping bag or reusable drink container.

Or, a non-monetary credit can be given to customers ::
For example, *ringing the bell* is a way to show customers that you appreciate an eco action they have taken. All it takes is a little bell, a chime, a drinking glass and spoon, a cow bell or something else for the checkout clerk to *ring* when a customer does something good for the planet. Customer actions might include bringing their own bag, bringing reusable containers, biking to the store or donating to a eco charity box at the checkstand.

Letting the clerks say or even call out a cheer -- or just saying "EarthE on" -- when someone takes an eco action is another non-monetary reward to give eco customers. Checkout EarthE.org/ArtWord for more non-$$ rewards.

Businesses that want to offset the carbon footprint of customer purchases are also invited to check out GreenBeanz -- an EarthE Honors Credit sister project. >>

Invitation to Eco Conscious Businesses ::
To offer an EarthE Honors Credit at your business, simply print, fill-out and post the EarthE Honors sign at your business. You can print these little 4.25" x 5.5" signs at EarthE Honors Credit sign or, contact us if you want a pdf version.

EarthE Awards/ Money Availability ::
EarthE Awards/ Money can be printed for free at EarthE.org

Custom EarthE Money ::
We will design some EarthE Awards/ Money that has your business's name on it if you want. Environmental coordinators and environmental incentive programs are invited.

Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!

You will then be able to print-out and give EarthE Awards/ Money with your business's name on it to your customers. It will say, "Sponsor: Your Business Name" on the bottom of your custom EarthE Money.

Fake EarthEs ::
The great news is that we have only heard of one customer in 18 months that has tried to abuse the EarthE Credit! However, because the EarthE Honors Credit program is an honor system, it is possible that someone will forge their own EarthE Awards/ Money. That's why businesses might want to add "UP TO" in front of their discount % offered. Then, if someone appears to be abusing the Credit, the clerk or manager can limit the Credit being given to that person.

Opting Out ::
To stop giving EarthE Credits, simply remove your EarthE Honors Credit signs at your business location. Then contact us and we will remove your name from the EARTHE BUSINESS DIRECTORY

Marketing and Press ::
When we contact local media we ask them to talk about the specific businesses that are offering the EarthE Credit. We will confirm with you before we announce your name in any press coverage.

Consider teaming up with other EarthE Credit businesses in your advertising. Ads may include a *Love letter to the Earth* example, blank *eco love letter stationary*, an EarthE Awards/ Money note and/or the names of participating businesses.

Contact us if you want help or customized materials.

For The Life, Stele Ely
3454 Stanford Ave.
Boulder, Co 80305

XOEarth.org
greentopia(et)yahoo(dat)com
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:: Print the EarthE Honors Credit sign.
:: To print an 8.5" x 11" sign, right click on the sign below, then save image and print.
:: Contact us if you want a pdf version to print.


Stele

About Stele

Earth Lovers, Write enviro songs, make art and media with me to inspire peeps to join us in taking eco actions that help save our imperiled Earth and slow down the climate change monsters. Peas, love and flaxseed butter, Stele

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