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Kudzu.com Introduces Green Credentials Feature
Kudzu.com makes it easy to find environmentally-friendly businesses ATLANTA, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers who have moved away from tree-consuming phonebooks and use Kudzu.com to find local professionals online can now easily choose to use green-friendly businesses. This is made possible by Kudzu.com's new Green Credentials feature on merchant listings. Beginning today, businesses on Kudzu.com can report green initiatives on their profiles with the Green Credentials feature. After the Green Credentials form is filled out, users will see the information posted on the merchants' public profiles, designated by a green leaf icon. With this new feature, consumers can make more informed decisions about the businesses they choose. "We're excited to help consumers find the right businesses based on their specific needs, whether it's price, convenience, or in many cases, green initiatives," said Tom Bates, vice president of Cox Search Inc. and general manager, Kudzu. "Everyone wants to do their part in sustainability today. Here's a great way to help users and businesses make better choices when it comes to the environment." The Green Credentials feature will allow businesses to share information including any environmentally-focused, third-party-rated certifications they have received. Companies also can report other ecologically-based efforts such as paperless record keeping/billing, the use of non-toxic products, recycling, and green vehicles used for company transportation, among others. Companies that provide green services also will be able to report their environmentally-preferable product and service offerings on the Green Credentials feature, including: -- Increasing home energy efficiency -- Reducing water consumption and chemical use -- Improving air quality -- Providing environmentally-preferable products such as hybrid vehicles, biodegradable body care and pet care products, recycled carpeting, and sustainably-harvested wood -- Reducing waste -- Recycling old materials when replacing with new materials The Hoots Group, who tout themselves as Atlanta's Green Contractor on Kudzu.com, is among the first to use this new feature. In their Green Credentials report, they write: "All Hoots Homes are designed and built using energy-efficient, environmentally responsible building techniques. All are built to EarthCraft House, LEED for Homes, and/or Energy Star standards. We offer Green architectural and green design services as part of our design green build green approach. Green services include but not limited to: Whole house air sealing and draft stopping, insulation upgrades to reduce your energy bills, Installment of Solar Thermal." More and more, businesses are moving towards environmentally-friendly practices and trying to reduce their carbon footprint. Kudzu is embracing this change and providing their users with the power to choose those businesses. Kudzu.com is part of Cox Enterprises and participates in Cox Conserves, the company's national sustainability program. Cox Conserves seeks to conserve resources, embrace renewable forms of energy, raise environmental awareness and reduce Cox's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2017. About Kudzu Kudzu.com provides consumers with trusted information about local providers for home, health and other life service needs - and gives small businesses the tools to drive "word of mouth" online. Launched in 2005, the website features consumer reviews and profiles built by local service businesses. Kudzu is owned and operated by Cox Search Inc., a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company. Cox's businesses include Cox Communications, Manheim, AutoTrader.com, Travel Channel, Adify and other prominent newspapers, TV and radio companies. About Hoots Group The Hoots Group's mission is to enhance lives by creating homes unparalleled in comfort and luxury. The Hoots Group takes a unique approach to the design and construction of custom homes. All Hoots Homes are designed and built using energy-efficient, environmentally responsible building techniques. SOURCE Kudzu.com Lianna Shen for Kudzu.com, +1-678-645-4581, firstname.lastname@example.org