Yoga Landing on East Broad Street, a boutique yoga studio welcoming all walks of life and supporting many paths of yoga, has received its green|light certification. green|light focuses on locally-owned small to large organizations throughout Chattanooga and the surrounding area who are interested in improving their social and environmental impacts. The program is an independently-verified business certification, helping businesses with employee attraction and retention, a stronger public image, cost savings and environmental stewardship.
“Yoga Landing pursued green|light certification because our Yoga Community is striving to be stewards for the environment,” said Jessica Jollie, owner of Yoga Landing. “We believe that all of the requirements of this certification make a difference. The Yoga Landing Collective is proud to be part of the progressive movement in our great city!”
Yoga Landing began their sustainability journey through green|light in 2018, completing certification in November 2019. They excelled in the green|light criteria, meeting almost every possible sustainability initiative possible, said officials. Through their Green Team, made up of Maggie Sparks, Della Wheeler and Jessica Jollie, their team audited and adapted strategies in energy and water efficiency, transportation, green cleaning, waste reduction, community outreach, materials purchasing and employee engagement.
“Yoga Landing truly is a healthy and consciously-minded businesses practicing what they preach,” said Kelley Cureton, green|light program director. “They approached the green|light certification with enthusiasm and determination to make their space the best it can be. It was a pleasure working with Jessica, Della and Maggie and Yogis can feel confident that when practicing at Yoga Landing, they are supporting a business that supports our environment and our community, while providing them a healthy place to relax and restore.”
Below are some of the highlights of their certification:
In 2018, when the current Yoga Landing home was built, eco-conscious practices and long-term solutions were at the forefront of planning including south facing windows, all LED lights, programmable thermostat to quickly heat and cool off spaces for yoga class, and minimalist, natural woods.
The studio promotes wellness in all ways, including non-toxic yoga flooring and recycled yoga mats,, filtered water stations to reduce single-bottle use, biodegradable, organic, and recycled products and use green cleaning soaps, detergents, and sprays to eliminate toxic additives.
The studio converted to all paper-free bill-pay and ceased the use of paper receipts.
Also, Yoga Landing offers free mat rental and towel rentals for arriving via alternative transportation - carpooling, biking, and bus.
As community stewards, Yoga Landing donates thousands of dollars worth of yoga classes to local nonprofits, as well as donating used towels to the Humane Educational Society and hosting community events such as Saucha in the City.
Total businesses certified or in-progress for green|light since inception - 50
Over the past two years (since 2017) there’s been a 64 percent growth in participants (32 new)
Companies tracking their impacts through BLabs Impact Assessment - 33 percent growth
First green|light Conference with Placemaking Week involving energy offsets, composting, conscious disposables and local food sourcing
Partnership with EPB to host an Accelerator in 2020 for select businesses - so far Chattanooga State Community College, Tennessee Aquarium and The Bright School have confirmed
First Sustainability Partner Award awarded to green|light Certified The Crash Pad at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting
5/7 of the businesses honored at the Annual Meeting were green|light Certified businesses
green|light continued education launched Dec. 2 with the green|leader Certificate through UTC’s Center for Professional Education
Businesses currently pursuing green|light:
Niedlov’s Breadworks, City of Chattanooga, Crabtree Farms, Reflection Riding Nature Center and Arboretum, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Humanaut, Elea Blake Cosmetics, Calamansi Cafe, Wildflower Tea and Apothecary, Hummingbird Pastaria, Vibrant Meals, Feed Table and Tavern, Parkway Pourhouse, 1885 Grill, Tremont Tavern, Southern Adventist University, Frothy Monkey, Chattanooga State Community College, Tennessee Aquarium, The Bright School, Oakleaf Cottage, Green’s Design and Supply,
green|light certified businesses:
Compass Commissioning and Design, EPB, REV Centre for Optimal Living, AEED, Chambliss, Chattanooga Zoo, Crash Pad, Flying Squirrel, Center for Mindful Living, Kelly Subaru, Lupi’s Pizza, Office Furniture Warehouse, Real Estate Partners, River City Company, Ruby Falls, Sportsbarn, Strand Salon, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Whiteboard, SPOT Venue, Bridge Financial Planning, Yoga Landing, The Mad Priest