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Specializing in green spaces, places & issues.

GreenMark Media® - an eco-communications green PR firm - is dedicated exclusively to helping sustainable businesses grow and to increasing awareness about our natural resources, the environment and sustainable communities.

With a proven track record for our sustainably-driven clients, we deliver impactful, integrated communications solutions through message development using earned media, public relations, sponsor cultivation and marketing.

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An intense belief in teamwork, decades of professional experience and a commitment to building successful relationships that yield exceptional results: GreenMark develops strategic communications programs in partnership with you.

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Our programs are targeted to reach your audience and achieve maximum visibility for your organization, business or event. GreenMark works with you to help your business make its unique green mark.

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 Our green PR firm delivers impactful communications through message development, content creation, digital marketing, earned media, public relations and strategic social media.

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GreenMark Media has an intense belief in teamwork, decades of branding experience and a commitment to building successful business relationships that yield exceptional results. 

Why GreenMark

Customized services help our sustainable clients make their green mark by effectively reaching intended audiences, resulting in impactful communications in the marketplace. 

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Why GreenMark? Because "green" is all we do.

From the environment, resiliency and climate

change to green building, eco-tourism and outdoor living, strategic storytelling is GreenMark's specialty and caring for the Earth is our passion.  

 

GreenMark's clients represent the pillars of the sustainable industry. This provides networking and cross-promotable synergies that impacts their

bottom line and grows their business, while

elevating awareness of important sustainable issues. It all works together.

Through our proprietary Grow Your Message Workshop™, GreenMark Media helps businesses articulate their values and purpose in the marketplace.

 

Our workshop provides lasting and thorough internal and external communications, with every member of the team on the same page. This offers sustainable benefits and communications results direct to B2B and B2C targets. 

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Growing a successful, sustainable business requires
dedication, leadership, service and passion to make the world a more beautiful and healthful place to live.

Our client family includes leaders in the sustainable industry.

Including one of America's largest rooftop gardens, a game-changer at fostering a jobs-rich environment, a respected expert in resilient architectural design for health and wellness, a leader in growing beautiful plants for retail and a unique, urban garden shop.

GreenMark strategizes with clients large and small to define what sustainability means to their business - and then we help them tell their unique stories.

 

We are passionate about helping sustainable businesses succeed in their mission because we believe in their best-practice values - and because we share a passion for our industry, too. 

 

Our clients will tell you: GreenMark gets results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Representing the best-of-the-best in the sustainable industry. 

 

 

 

GreenMark's impressive client family is dedicated

to sustainability and Earth-friendly practices.

 

Our Client Family

  • Bertog Landscape Co.

  • CityEscape Garden Center & Design Studio

  • Lake County Fair Association

  • Loma Vista Nursery

  • Night Light Inc.

 

Our Extended Client Family

  • American Grown Flowers

  • Aquascape Construction

  • Aurora Firehouse Museum

  • Autumn Tree Care Experts

  • Buy The Farm LLC/Farmers’ Almanac TV

  • California Cut Flower Commission

  • Caplan Studios

  • Chalet - Landscape | Home | Garden

  • Chicago Flower & Garden Show

  • Chicago Gateway Green

  • Chicago’s Green City Market

  • Chicago Trees Initiative

  • Civil War Museum, Kenosha, Wis.

  • Clarke - EarthRight®

  • The Conservation Foundation

  • Delta Institute

  • Earthwise Environmental, Inc.

  • Farmers' Almanac

  • Farm Illinois Plan

  • Garden Clubs of America (Global Warming Summit)

  • Garden Design

  • Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

  • Get Out & Grow (William Moss, the Garden Boss)

  • Glenview Public Library

  • Global Explorers

  • Green Armitage

  • Green Bay Botanical Garden

  • GreenChoice Bank

  • GreenEvent App

  • Green Exchange

  • Greenspace

  • Growing Solutions Farm - Julie + Michael Tracy  Family Foundation

  • iScape App - Design Your Outdoor Living

  • Joy Media Self Publishing

  • Kipnis Architecture + Planning

  • Lurie Garden, Millennium Park

  • Lynfred Winery

  • Malcolite

  • Midwest Groundcovers LLC

  • Millennium Park Foundation

  • Naperville Park District

  • National Fire Protection Association

  • National Garden Bureau

  • Navy Pier 14th Annual Winter Wonderfest

  • NextHaus Alliance

  • Pagoda Red (Scholars’ Garden)

  • Purple Cow Organics

  • Quintessential Barrington

  • ReadyScape Products

  • Rebuilding Exchange

  • Reflections Water Gardens

  • ROC Exhibitions

  • Teen Mother Choices International

  • The Nature Conservancy of Illinois

  • The Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves

  • The Trotter Project

  • Tu Bloom Designs®

  • Valcucine Chicago

  • Vert Couture (Conscious Living TV)

  • Viva Lundin Productions ("Jens Jensen Harmonious World")

  • Vocal Trash

Our Exclusive Collaborators for Video Production

 

Our Friends

  • Caplan Studios Photography

  • Debi Lilly A Perfect Event

  • Elizabeth Lyons (Country Music Artist)

  • Kohl Children's Museum

  • Rolling Hills Nursery, Murray, Ky.

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Sustainable communications services cultivate your brand. 

 

An integrated eco-communications and green PR firm, GreenMark’s specialty is strategic storytelling for sustainable businesses. Our woman-owned business exclusively represents companies, non-profits and individuals whose goal is to protect the Earth through their work. We provide strategies, planning and tools to ensure comprehensive, seamless and effective communications. Messaging is consistent, budgets are on track and new opportunities emerge when our green PR firm truly partners with our sustainably-focused clients.

 

Our Full Suite of Services

  • ​Brand Review & Development

  • Broadcast Segment Management

  • Communications Support (On-Site or Remote)

  • Content Creation 

  • Digital Marketing

  • Earned Media Communications

  • Event Support & Marketing

  • Executive Counsel, Team & Project Leadership

  • Grow Your Message Workshop™

  • Photography for Social Media & Marketing

  • Presentation Development

  • Reputation Management

  • Social Media Marketing & Analysis

  • Spokesperson Training & Services

  • Strategic Communications Planning & Execution

  • Video Production

  • Website Mapping & Copywriting

Our Service Tiers*

  • Full Suite

  • Pick Three

  • Pick Two

  • Pick One

*Pricing effective Jan. 1, 2022. We work on retainer, project basis or à la carte. Initial business discovery and consultation is free, up to 30 minutes via Zoom. Business proposals are $500 and $100 per revision. À la carte services are not included in the Pick One, Pick Two or Pick Three service tiers and are priced separately. Pricing is flat rate per month. "Full Suite" is defined as four or more services. Values are $10,000 (Full Suite), $8,000 (Pick Three), $5,000 (Pick Two), $3,000 (Pick One). Photography and videography rates vary and will be proposed separately. Consideration is given to qualifying non-profit companies.

Our Services À la carte

  • Communications Support (On-Site or Remote) - We provide communications support and interim representation for brands short on staff or experiencing time-sensitive parameters. Value varies depending on need.

  • Events Promotion, Marketing, Communications & Staffing - From one-off influencer events to destination marketing and trade industry and consumer shows, we have the experience and contacts to help you develop branded content, source expert participants, manage on-site media and promote the event to your intended targets. Value varies depending on scope of event.

  • Executive Counsel - Based on her key learnings spanning a career of more than 30 years, our green PR firm's owner Susan Markgraf provides one-on-one strategic business counsel to new entrepreneurs, those thinking about a refresh and others just needing a fresh perspective. Value = $275 per hour. 

  • Grow Your Message Workshop™ - Gain clear concepts to strengthen your company's brand presence and grow your business. Following initial discovery with client, the planned session is researched, presented and facilitated in two, four-hour sessions. Leadership and employees who have a stake in the brand's communications are encouraged to attend. Value = $12,500

  • Non-Profit Brands - Your non-profit brand matters and so does your budget. Based on your brand's specific communications needs, we offer thoughtful monthly project and retainer rates.

 

Why GreenMark?

  • We are green ambassadors. We work in the sustainable industry with you, which means we share a dedication to its overall advancement and understanding.

  • We are a woman-owned PR firm and virtual. We have focused workflow, low overhead, time-saving technologies and high sensitivity to waste. That means lower costs comparably and better results literally.

  • We know strategic storytelling for business. Our team includes influencers, reporters, editors, producers, videographers and photographers with decades of experience and long-term communications industry relationships.

  • We get results - consistently. Just like our clients, GreenMarkers are the best in the business – with experience, understanding, passion and dedication to do what it takes and do it exceptionally.

 

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See what GreenMark can grow for your business.

Click image to view this client segment on the WGN website. (With reporter Marcella Raymond and camera work by Maria Commerford.)

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Entrepreneurial mindset. Visionary leadership.

Meet Susan Markgraf

GreenMark Media's Founder & President

An award-winning reporter, editor, field producer

and media relations practitioner, Susan has more than

30 years in media and corporate, non-profit and

agency communications, specific to the horticulture, environment and agriculture industries.

 

She has been described by a client as a "visionary"

at brand ideation and development, and she excels at strategic planning, team leadership, issues and

reputation management, and integrated marketing communications. 

Because green is all GreenMark does, Susan's passion

for her for work and the sustainable industry forges

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alliances among the firm’s clients that yield above-and-beyond results, including in industry leadership capacities, higher-profile visibility and reputation enhancement. She is on the cutting edge of new media, guiding the firm’s direction for clients in social media and digital marketing that are on top of traditional strategies. With her team, success yields brand-elevating results through public and media relations, digital marketing communications, social media development and analytics, and influencer enhancement. These successes directly impact the brand and success of the firm's clients.

 

Prior to founding GreenMark as a woman-owned green PR firm in 2006, Susan led the award-winning public relations team at the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). She created and managed proactive, full-scale communications and reputation management programs, from launching CBG's science education programs and the Gardens of the Great Basin/Evening Island to elevating its presence nationally and internationally. Her work delivered millions of consumer impressions that increased visibility, drove attendance and provided tangible results that contributed to a successful rebrand initiative and one of the most successful capital campaigns in CBG's history. Under her direction, coverage of the garden and its work in science, education and leadership grew from minimal to international in just five years. Susan's background includes agency experience with the Chicago office of Fleishman-Hillard. For many years Susan represented agriculture, representing the dairy industry as news editor of Dairy Foods Magazine, executive editor of Dairy Field Magazine and corporate communications director with Dairy Management, Inc. for the American Dairy Association, Dairy Farmers of America and National Dairy Council.

 

As a media relations professional, Susan's work includes broadcast in front of and behind the camera as segment coordinator, field producer, field director and spokesperson. A lifelong journalist, Susan worked for more than a decade as a newspaper reporter and editor with Lerner Newspapers in Chicago. She continues to write articles for leading newspapers, digital outlets and national consumer and trade magazines. She has contributed to a best-selling author's book and has guest-taught editing and writing to teens and adults. With one foot also in the professional development side of media relations, Susan is a past president of the Publicity Club of Chicago - the nation's largest public relations membership organization. A graduate of Mundelein College Chicago with a degree in both journalism and public relations, Susan's continuing education includes Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers and numerous agriculture, horticulture, and public and media relations presentations, webinars and workshops. She is a public speaker on marketing sustainable businesses and presents at industry events, including AmericanHort and The Western (The Western Nursery & Landscape Association). To reach her directly, call 847-917-9654 or send an email to smarkgraf@greenmarkpr.com.

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GreenMark provides quality, value, commitment and service

 to its green-collar clients. But don't just take our word for it.

Read what our extended client family has to say.

“GreenMark Media brought a new depth and public engagement to Lurie Garden through their thoughtful, stepwise approach of building on the Garden's key public-facing features. The GreenMark team involved the entire Garden staff in identifying important messaging points, trained staff in preparation for appearances on local and national media, and served as an advocate for the Garden's interests within the local and national media sectors. This work resulted in strong reputation and recognition building for the Garden among the public, those specifically interested in gardening-related topics, and local media personalities. GreenMark's efforts positioned the Garden as one of the top sustainable urban green spaces in the United States and among the leading public gardens of the world." - Scott Stewart, Millennium Park Foundation

“Sue understands what makes my business unique

in the sustainable field and concentrates on how to

leverage that for our business development. Her

connections and knowledge in the media industry

have produced excellent results for us."

- Nathan Kipnis, Kipnis Architecture + Planning

“Sue has been at our planning table numerous times,

providing counsel and expertise that brings visibility

to Lake County's No. 1 events destination and has

helped position the Fair Association as a leader in our business industry, and our county fair as one of the best in Illinois." - Jon Brodzik, Lake County Fair Association 

“When we needed a quick turnaround for a major media announcement, GreenMark never flinched, delivering full TV, radio, print and social media coverage, synthesizing our message into an artfully crafted script and a dazzling visual presentation.” - Donna LaPietra, Millennium Park Foundation

“GreenMark provides us tremendous PR support and excellent service. Their efforts impact our bottom line- it’s that simple.” - Tony Fulmer, Chalet - Landscaping | Nursery | Garden Center

"GreenMark's experienced team secured radio, print, TV and trade media coverage for our unique, sustainable program in mosquito control. From message development to story creation to marketing to reputation management, GreenMark's counsel and creative efforts raised our profile in ways that are important to our business success." - Pat Hallahan, Clarke

“GreenMark has done an excellent job of securing media coverage that has helped elevate The Nature Conservancy’s profile in Chicago. They are a skilled group of professionals who think creatively about ways to tell our stories in a compelling way. Beyond their value as partners of our marketing team, we’ve appreciated the GreenMark staff’s willingness to help us make key connections with like-minded organizations." - Tom Eisenhart, The Nature Conservancy

“GreenMark is a wonderful partner. They understand the unique mission of Delta Institute to build a regional economy that is environmentally sustainable, job rich and inclusive. They work hard for us every single day to get the message out and I am delighted with the results!” - Jean Pogge, Delta Institute

“The Naperville Park District has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with GreenMark Public Relations on its Nike Sports Complex Expansion Project. With an already stretched communications staff at the Park District, GreenMark was brought on to develop and execute a comprehensive community engagement and communications plan. Their professionalism in working on the project from conception to implementation was appreciated, and its responsiveness to project team members and stakeholders went above and beyond expectations. It was evident from the very beginning of the project that GreenMark was knowledgeable about public engagement processes and we had total confidence in its ability to work behind the scenes on the Nike initiative while the District’s communications staff attended to other projects. GreenMark became a great extension of our Marketing and Communications Department and delivered an end product that not only was in line with our expectations, but our stakeholders’ expectations as well.” - Sameera Luthman, Naperville Park District

“As the only public relations firm in Illinois to focus on the environment, GreenMark Public Relations is uniquely qualified to creatively meet and exceed the marketing needs of The Conservation Foundation. From the development of customized media lists directly targeted to our service area, to ongoing outreach to media representatives with whom they have developed strong business relationships, GreenMark PR has made a significant contribution to increasing our awareness among our constituents.” - Laura Glaza, The Conservation Foundation

“We needed a public relations firm that had solid non-profit

experience and knowledge in our specialized field - that of a

cultural organization with a living, green collection. We

selected GreenMark Public Relations to promote the

Conservatory’s 2008 Centennial Year, and look forward

to working with them on a variety of projects and events.”

- Eunita Rushing, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

“GreenMark PR did a solid job promoting our nonprofit

organization’s Leading the Way programs for blind and

sighted students. We received good coverage in regional

and national outlets as a result of the work that they

conducted. They were professional, passionate

and timely in the delivery of their services.”

- David Shurna, Global Explorers

“Your team is absolutely top notch and I have been very impressed by the quality of work and follow through. We’re glad to have GreenMark PR as our extended marketing team!” - Jason Howard, Malcolite

“Thanks to GreenMark Public Relations for bringing wonderful attention to the opening of our Winnetka scholar’s garden. It is our hidden gem. They embraced it with sincere passion and worked diligently to make it an exciting discovery for others. Thanks to GreenMark PR!” - Betsy Nathan, Pagoda Red

“GreenMark PR is both professional and compassionate. They really ‘get’ where you’re coming from. Empathy with your situation gets client and firm on the same page from the start. This creates a dynamic that any business would love to tap into.” - Dan Billings, ReadyScape products

“We have faith in GreenMark Public Relations’ ‘partnership’ business style. This is a professional, proactive team that looks out for our best interests, allowing us to concentrate on serving our own clients.” - Kristen Haley, ROC Exhibitions

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