Responsible Business Network

Norwalk River Watershed Association

Alexia Anglade of Ridgefield High School, who created the Green Business Award, as her Girl Scout Gold Award project. More info on her project here. 

Green Business Network Membership
Business Gold
               $5000 and above
Business Silver              $2500-$4999
Business Bronze           $1000-$2499
Business Guardian       $500-$999
Business Steward         $250-$499
Business Caretaker      $100-249

Green Business Award

Over 400 businesses with over 30,000 employees surround the Norwalk River, which parallels Route 7 from Danbury to Norwalk.

Local businesses along the river or anywhere in the watershed are now eligible to earn a Green Business Award to publicize and celebrate their eco-friendly practices.  The award is based on a point system.   Businesses that earn enough points can display this Green Award decal to alert customers of their green practices.  NRWA will list Green Business Award recipients on this website and on social media to recognize their achievement. 

Please Join this Effort and Apply!

Calculate Your Points 

Submit Your Green Business Award Application 

The Green Business Award was created by Ridgefield High School junior, Alexia Anglade.  Alexia worked with the Norwalk River Watershed Association to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest leadership award given to Girl Scouts. Alexia got the idea, she says, “because I really started to notice which businesses have eco-friendly practices such as eliminating styrofoam, allowing customers to bring their own reusable cup for coffee, or actively recycling.  I thought others may like to support businesses who have eco-friendly business practices.”

Alexia’s Green Business Award website,  contains details for businesses interested in applying as well as helpful tips and information for anyone interested in reducing waste and addressing climate change.  She is hoping towns around CT and beyond will adapt similar awards.


Green Business Network is a group of businesses that are committed to protecting the Norwalk River and  our community’s natural resources by landscaping responsibly and supporting local environmental protection initiatives.

As a Business Supporter of NRWA, your company will be recognized here, in the NRWA newsletter, and on the NRWA social media pages as a responsible business in the community.

The NRWA invites your business to …

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Local Businesses Who Support Norwalk River Watershed Association:

Business Community

  • Barcelona Restaurant
  • Crane Co.
  • Columbine, LLC, Norwalk Landscape Company
  • Environmental Design Association, P.C., Ridgefield
  • FactSet
  • Fairfield County Bank, Ridgefield
  • Kaiser-Battistone System Maintenance Co., Inc., Norwalk
  • Little Pub, Wilton
  • Native Nursery, Fairfield
  • Perennial Gardener
  • REI, Norwalk
  • Ridgefield Turnover Shop
  • Warby Parker
  • Wind River Environmental, LLC, Westport
  • Winston Preparatory School, Norwalk 

Other Key Supporters 

  • Anne Richardson Fund, Ridgefield
  • Lewisboro Garden Club
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • New Canaan Garden Club
  • New Canaan Land Trust
  • Redding Garden Club
  • Redding Land Trust
  • Ridgefield Garden Club
  • Ridgefield Rotary Club
  • Rivers Alliance of CT
  • Save the Sound
  • The Nature Conservancy’s Community Resilience-Building Program
  • Town of Ridgefield
  • Wilton Go Green
  • Wilton Garden Club
  • Wilton Land Conservation Trust
  • Woodcock Nature Center
Please click on the tabs below to see how your business can become a part of the Responsible Business Network.

We invite you to join us in our important work. Your contribution can go a long way toward making our programs and projects possible. NRWA works to improve the water quality and quality of life in the watershed where your business thrives and your customers and employees live. Thanks to the participation of our many friends and volunteers, and to pledges from responsible businesses, NRWA can initiate and sustain efforts in research, education, land protection, and recreational opportunities to improve the quality of life and water in the region.


Either mail your tax-deductible contribution along with RBN contributor form to NRWA, PO Box 7114, Wilton, CT 06897 or email us the form at and donate online through Paypal. If you would rather support NRWA through a regular membership, please use the Membership form.

Please consider completing the Company Environmental Pledge and emailing it to or printing it out and mailing it to NRWA, PO Box 7114, Wilton, CT 06897.

We are eager to showcase responsible businesses and are open to suggestions for cooperative efforts to improve the watershed. Depending on what works for your company and employees, we would be happy to plan volunteer river cleanups, invasive plant species removal projects, and/or riparian buffer planting projects.


NRWA also works with members to bring speakers who are experts on the Norwalk River and the surrounding watershed to business events. We have recently held talks on the water quality of the river, the migration cycle of the American Eel (which swims up the Norwalk River), the local owl population, and the history of Micah mining in the area. If you are interested in working together, e-mail us at or call us at 877-NRWA-INFO.

A grant from REI Norwalk allowed NRWA to plant nine native trees along
the Norwalk River Valley Trail at Union Park in Norwalk.