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In this Issue...
Program Highlights
 

Businesses that have achieved certification:
       

Marabou, GOLD
BAP and Big Agnes, GOLD
Moots Cycles,
GOLD
J.K. Wall Designers,
GOLD
Pet Kare Clinic,
GOLD
Black Tie Ski Rentals,
GOLD
Smartwool,
GOLD
Moving Mountains Chalets, Inc., GOLD
Air Quality Systems,
GOLD
Kelly & Stone Architects, GOLD
Prudential Steamboat Realty,
GOLD
Fox Construction,
GOLD
Horizons,
GOLD
PostNet -
GOLD
Big House Burgers -
GOLD
Simply Steamboat Property Management - GOLD
City of Steamboat Springs - Centennial Hall - BRONZE              
City of Steamboat Springs - City Hall - SILVER
ResortQuest Steamboat -
GOLD
Central Park Management -
GOLD
Colorado Mountain College -
GOLD
Rex's American Grill - SILVER
Mazzola's Restaurant -
GOLD
The Ore House at the Pine Grove Restaurant -
GOLD
Alpine Bank -
GOLD
TouchMark Promotions -
GOLD
GO Alpine -
GOLD
Native Excavating - GOLD
The Steamboat Pilot & Today -
GOLD
Sheraton Steamboat Resort –
GOLD

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp – Administrative Offices - SILVER
Mountain Fire House - City of Steamboat Springs -
GOLD
Alpine Insurance -
GOLD
Landmark Consultants -
GOLD
Light Works of Steamboat -
GOLD
Catamount Lake Ranch & Club - Golf Clubhouse
GOLD
Steamboat Motors –
GOLD

Sweetwood Cattle Company – GOLD

Mountain Resorts - GOLD
 
Businesses on their way to achieving certification:

Drahota Construction Co.
Mountain West Environments
Steve Green Company
Catamount Ranch & Club - Lake House
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp - Food & Beverage Department
Lil' House Coffee & Biscuits

Steamboat Grand Resort

City of Steamboat Springs – Transit Center & Public Works

Wells Fargo Bank

Animal Healing Center

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST GOLD CERTIFIED BUSINESS:

MOUNTAIN RESORTS!

 
 Lyn's Lines

 

ANNOUNCING THE STEAMBOAT SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS CONSORTIUM!

 

There is a lot of news to be excited about as we go into 2012 our sixth year!  First, in case you have not heard, the Steamboat Sustainable Business Program now falls under a newly established organization, the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium (SSBC) and is positioned to become better and stronger than ever! 

 

With a new business plan and a huge outpouring of support by member businesses, the SSBC will be unveiling some new initiatives in the coming year.  Of course, you can expect the same high standard of service and successful components to continue such as those listed below:

 

CONTINUATION OF EXISTING programs:

 

Ø       Recognition of certified and participating businesses

Ø       Provide professional coaching/consulting services

Ø       Quarterly Networking Luncheons

Ø       Quarterly Newsletters

Ø       Sustainable Business Directory publications

Ø       Presentations/booths at events

Ø       Marrying local suppliers with consumers

Ø       Up-cycling among members

Ø       Local Sustainability projects

Ø       Certifications – Green, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum

Ø       Annual Awards.

 

There are also a number of new initiatives in the works to increase the value of participating in the SBP program and to help spread the word to the community and consumers.  The newly reconvened Steering Committee met in December and will help to guide the organization going forward.

 

NEW PROGRAMS IN THE WORKS:

 

               -Publish annually an expanded Sustainable Biz Directory;

-Embrace the power of the organization’s collective voice and broaden the influence;

-Expand participation and outreach with an enhanced membership drive;

-Provide scholarships to small businesses to become more sustainable;

-Add value and new services to the program through additional training, education
                  and
opportunities to get more involved in local sustainability projects;

-Position Steamboat Springs internationally as a green tourism destination;

-Expand the existing networking efforts to better communicate best practices;

-Publish successful business case studies to share ideas and lure new interest and  
                   membership;

-Establish an annual community program such as the successful fluorescent light 
                  bulb recycling drop
 off for local businesses that we did in 2011;

-New “Take the Challenge” Add-on – the second generation for already certified  
   businesses;

-Seek and promote sponsorships, donations and other funding sources to sustain the program over time.

 

As always, if you have ideas or if you would like to be more involved or become a program sponsor, please let me know!

 
What's Coming Up?
 

Don't miss our 14th Quarterly Sustainable Business Networking Event coming up in January (date TBD).

 

Featured Speaker:  Zuff Zuffelato – The Very Latest in Recycling in Steamboat Springs

Location:  Field Trip/Tour of the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Waste Management on Downhill Drive

Announcement of the date will be emailed out soon.  

 
 
SUSTAINBLE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDED!

 

The 2011 Sustainable Business of the Year was awarded in November to local lighting supplier and consultant Light Works of Steamboat.  LightWorks’ owner Nancy Swanke, proudly accepted the award and joins a dignified list of past recipients – Marabou (2007), Smartwool (2008), Black Tie Ski Rentals (2009), and Go Alpine (2010).     

 

Light Works of Steamboat may be a small company but it is making a large impact on the community.  A SBP member since 2009 and Gold level certified, Lightworks strives to continually improve its sustainability efforts both within the business operation and the products and services they provide. 

 

The owner, Nancy Schwanke, recently led a successful initiative at the Loggers Lane business center to institute an on-site recycling collection center and pick up service that is now utilized by all of the businesses.  Her creativity has resulted in the company offering a multitude of state-of-the-art lighting fixtures at the retail store.  Nancy also works toward educating consumers toward energy efficiency and sustainable product purchases.  To complete the circle, her husband is a licensed electrician and provides expert guidance for energy efficient lighting installations.

 

Another outstanding effort by the Lightworks team is their commitment to community service and raising the sustainable business bar.  They continue to volunteer numerous hours toward community service projects and were instrumental in the fluorescent bulb recycling event held by the Sustainable Business Program in 2011 which offered local businesses free drop off and recycled over 3,500 bulbs.  We are fortunate to have a business such as Lightworks of Steamboat in our community.

 

Other high achievers that were nominated this year were Sweetwood Cattle Company, Catamount Ranch & Club, Colorado Mountain College, and Central Park Management.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL!

    
 Local SSBC members Sweetwood Cattle Company and GoAlpine were also recognized for their sustainability achievements


 
 

Sustainable Business TIP This Month

LIGHT BULB CHANGES BEGIN TO GO INTO EFFECT THIS MONTH

 

Starting with 100 watt incandescent light bulbs, the phasing out of inefficient bulbs begins this month nationwide.  Other bulbs will be phased out over the next three years.  Bulb manufacturers/distributors will be required to produce the new more efficient models as well as meet new package labeling requirements.  The new bulbs will be required to produce the same amount of lumens for less wattage and have a minimum rated lifetime of 1,000 hours.  Lumen (brightness), energy cost, life expectancy, light appearance, wattage and mercury content will be required to be printed on the label.

 
About the Program 
To date, 82 businesses have participated in the Sustainable Business Program, one of the most accredited, diverse and encompassing programs of its kind in Colorado. Established in March of 2007 , the Sustainable Business Program has been changing the nature of business in the Yampa Valley.  The program focuses on sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line - a new way to define business success. The Triple Bottom Line includes: financial success, social responsibility, proactive environmental management, and the inter-relationships between them. Our goal is to leave our planet in as good or better shape for future generations.
 
As part of the program, Environmental Solutions Unltd provides professional sustainable business coaching as well as a format for networking, sharing of ideas and practices, and for channeling collective energies amongst the business community that further the goal of achieving sustainability and a vibrant, economically sound community.  

Green Link is published quarterly.
Prepared by Lyn Halliday, CEO and President of the SSBC and local environmental consultancy
 
 

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