The aim of the program is to get area businesses to commit to making their buildings and offices greener and more sustainable by reducing energy, water and waste, minimizing environmental impacts and reducing their carbon footprint, the story stated.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said: "The challenge for business is to make sustainability part of its strategic design, not as an add-on, in order to make a greener Philadelphia, a greener Pennsylvania and indeed a greener America and world."
All businesses signing the commitment are required to meet seven mandatory measures and at least 20 additional elective measures within six months of signing, the story noted.
According to the story, some of those measures are: Adopting recycling programs; installing energy-efficient lighting; utilizing tankless hot water heaters; buying low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints; encouraging mass transit or employee car pooling; conserving water by plantings; and other sustainable practices.
Rohm and Haas put in place a recycling program in 1994 that served as one of the models for the City of Philadelphia
''s recycling efforts; many of Rohm and Hass'' efforts serve as a benchmark for other companies trying to be more sustainable, the story added.