Best of Green: Business and Politics

Best Small Business: Brighter Planet

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It's not an easy thing coming up with a single standout when it comes to small green business. There are just too many differing intents, criteria, and business segments to make choosing a single best a definitive process. But in weighing all these, we had a little help from reader submissions reminding us of the innovative efforts of Middlebury, Vermont-based Brighter Planet. Offering credit and debit cards and carbon offsets, funding several small-scale renewable energy projects such as methane digesters and farmer-owned wind turbines, and also doing some interesting carbon reporting--most recently one on the carbon footprint of food which clarified some important aspects of the impact of food miles--Brighter Planet's products, projects and services stood out this year.

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