August 18, 2011

USHCC Foundation Green Builds Business Program Recognized by the State of Texas

- Irving business owners benefit from environmental sustainability education program -

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCCF) is proud to announce the winners of its Green Builds Business program in Irving, TX. Green Builds Business is a national initiative, launched earlier this year by the USHCC Foundation and funded by a $500,000 grant from Walmart, designed to educate Hispanic business entrepreneurs on environmental sustainability and guide them on how to formulate and implement green business plans that hold the potential of creating jobs, growing profits and reducing emissions this year.

Over 20 businesses in Irving participated in the two-day workshop which began on July 27, 2011, which was officially named "USHCC Green Builds Business Day" by Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. The proclamation was presented by City Councilman Roy Santoscoy. The USHCC Foundation also received a resolution from the State of Texas on July 28, 2011, presented by State Representative Linda Harper Brown (District 105), commending the USHCC for its leadership in creating the Green Builds Business program.

"To have the Green Builds Business program recognized in this way by the State of Texas is such a great honor for the USHCC Foundation and Walmart," says Nina Vaca-Humrichouse, Chairman of the USHCC and CEO of Dallas-based Pinnacle Technical Resources. "We hope to see this program create an impact for businesses in this manner in every city we reach."

The winners of the Green Builds Business program in Irving include the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for its business plan dedicated to the creation of a Bilingual recycling center and program for the City of Irving and aspiring business owner, Angie Franco, for her concept of a green, organic bakery in south Irving. The winners will receive a total of 18 hours of one-on-one green coaching from Bill Roth, founder of Earth 2017 and coach of the Green Builds Business program.

"It has become increasingly important for businesses in both the public and private sectors to incorporate green sustainability into their business models," says Vaca-Humrichouse. "'Going Green' is not just for individuals to practice but extends to businesses as well - it is indeed a sign of the times. We are thrilled with the level enthusiasm and involvement we've seen from those who participate in Green Builds Business."

The next Green Builds Business Program will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 25 & 26, 2011. For more information on how to participate in the Green Builds Business program, please visit or contact USHCC Foundation Director Jennifer Tarazon at (202) 715-0493 or [email protected].

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate nearly $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

SOURCE United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce