Small Business Programs (S4S)

Solutions 4 Sustainability (S4S) Accelerating Your Small Business Programs

Solutions 4 Sustainability (S4S) is a suite of innovative and easy-to-use resources and educational programs designed to help you unlock long-term energy and cost savings for small businesses in your community.

Traditional energy efficiency programming has focused on audits, rebates and incentives—without adequate attention to implementation resources and no-cost behavior change measures. S4S closes this gap by providing tools,resources and educational programs that drive implementation of low and no-cost efficiency measures, taking away some of the greatest barriers small businesses face in pursuing energy efficiency.

Based on national best practices and proven programs developed by Natural Capitalism Solutions, S4S makes deep, long-lasting energy and resource savings practical and cost-effective for your community.

Who is it 4?
S4S is a program for Cities, Counties, Utilities, Small Business Development Centers, non-profits, and other organizations that seek to reduce energy and resource usage in small businesses in their communities while enhancing profitability.

S4S has offerings for small business outreach—from those just launching an initiative, to those with well-established programs.

Our Approach

S4S is a ‘train the trainer’ program. NCS provides training, tools, and resources for your staff so that you are able to run effective small business sustainability and efficiency programming for your local area. This train-the-trainer structure is uniquely effective because it develops local capacity while providing all the tools and resources needed to scale the program. Once you have invested in S4S, your small business sustainability programs are replicable without continually hiring NCS staff or other outside consultants. While NCS is available to support the launch of your programs, provide you with on-going training and up-to-date resources, it is your local staff or consultants that will be trained to run your program on an ongoing basis.

Benefits of partnering with S4S:

Work with L. Hunter Lovins and the international sustainability experts at Natural Capitalism Solutions.

Leverage your staff time and resources by adopting ‘road tested’ programs and tools.

Provide training and tools to your local staff and develop capacity to effective small business sustainability programs in your area.

Create long-lasting energy, waste, water, and greenhouse gas reductions by driving both no-cost behavior change and low-cost building upgrades in your local small businesses.

Access national best practices from your peers around the country.

Increase implementation of efficiency measures with pragmatic, time saving tools for small businesses.

Create jobs and spur economic development in your community.

S4S Offerings

Choose the program that is right for you:

Turnkey program for
organizations just beginning
small business
sustainability outreach

Customized programs
for organizations with
existing small business
sustainability or efficiency
outreach efforts

Tools and resources
for established
programs to enhance
current offerings

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NCS Efficiency Advisor: Solutions @ the Speed of Business
S4S uses our interactive online sustainability manual for small busineses. It is a simpler way to implement efficiency measures, including resources, step-by-step instructions, and practical tools. (Click here for more about this tool.)


NCS' Philosophy: "NCS is a non-profit. We work with organizations that are authentic in their pursuit of sustainability as a way of fulfilling our mission. This doesn’t mean altruism – businesses should pursue sustainability because it increases profitability and manages risks. It does mean that we choose clients because they are committed to implementing sustainability and not just talking about it."
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