What is Green Tote?
Green Tote is a community website for finding eco-friendly
local businesses and sharing other information to help you live a green
What is the goal of Green Tote?
Our only goal is to help you share and find information. What you do with that information is up to you.
What types of listings does Green Tote have?
We list businesses & other organizations such as
restaurants, shops, dry cleaners, grocery stores, CSA programs, home services,
building contractors, energy providers, etc., where the business or the
products it sells may have various environmental impacts, as well as programs
such as energy audits, carbon offsets, etc., which may help you in living a
How can I help?
You can help by:
- Reviewing & rating businesses you frequent
- Adding business & other listings you know of
- Contributing ideas & suggestions in our Ideas Forum about how to
improve this site, including ideas about how to increase the accuracy
of green scores
What are green scores?
Green scores, represented by between one and five trees, are
an indicator of the eco-friendliness of a business. A score of one tree
represents a business using conventional practices without any particular
concern for the environment, while a score of five trees represents a best in
class business employing all of the best practices available for its industry.
How are green scores calculated?
Green scores are based on a number objective criteria and a
scoring model, both of which vary based on the category of the
scores are also dependent on the amount on information we have on a
business -- the more information we have, the more accurate it will be.
For more information on how a particular category is scored, see the
listing page for that category.
Where do you get the data?
When you write a review or edit a listing, you will have the
chance to select values for the objective criteria used in calculating
scores for a particular business. We aggregate these selections through
voting mechanism to calculate the final criteria values and green
scores. Thus, green scores are determined by data entered by our
when we enter a new region, we research and enter data for many
to get things started, however our vote counts exactly the same as
I have a suggestion for how to improve the green score model
Good, we'd like to hear it! because developing scoring
models for the many categories we support requires subject matter knowledge in
a vast amount of areas, we are unable to do this all on our own. Please post
and discuss your ideas in our Ideas Forum.
What types of things can be reviewed?
Any type of listing (business, non-profit, community
program, etc.) which belongs to a category listed on the website may be added
and reviewed. If there is a listing you would like to add which doesn't seem
to fit any existing categories, please suggest a new category in our Ideas
What makes a great review?
Great reviews are often written in a highly personal way,
and relate both the eco-oriented and general aspects of a listing. Write
reviews in whichever way suits your personality & smart, funny, colorful, etc.
Go beyond the green questions we allow you to vote on, and describe what makes
this business an eco-star, or how pathetic their attempt at greenwashing was.
May I review a business I am connected to?
You are free to review any business you wish, however if a
potential conflict of interest exists, you must be fully transparent and
disclose this in your review. For example, if you are the business owner,
friend/family of the business owner, employee of the business, etc., you must
disclose this in your review.
Do you pay people to write reviews?
No, we never pay people to write reviews.