The SAGE Sustainable Business Program makes it easy for your business to:

  • SAVE money and resourcesSAGE Long Logo

  • ACT responsibly and sustainably 

  • GROW your business and connections

  • EARN community recognition and credit 

SAGE approaches sustainability through a business-first lens that connects your business to financial resources, technical assistance, and expertise to increase your business value through cost reduction, increased community recognition, conservation of resources, and improved competitive advantage over time. 

SAGE services are FREE, confidential, and voluntary and available to all business owners, landlords, tenants, managers, nonprofits and institutions located in the city.

Register your business 
Email sage@cityofwestminster.us or call 303-658-2662 to set up an advising session and for any questions and comments.

New Green Business Tracker Interface

Check out this tutorial to learn how to navigate the updated platform! and learn about New Survey Updates to GBT (January, 2023)

Up to $250,000 in tax credits for commuting programs 

New for tax years 2023 and 2024, the State of Colorado will provide a tax credit of up to 50% to employers to provide eco-friendly commuting options to employees. Eligible uses include:

  • Carpools, vanpools, and shuttles
  • Transit passes
  • Bike-share programs
  • Anything other than driving alone!

Email SAGE to talk more about your commuting needs and to be paired with a commuting specialist


Is your building 50,000 sq.ft. of more? If so, you need to report your annual energy use to the Colorado Energy Office 

Owners of large commercial, multifamily, and public buildings 50,000 square feet or more to report their annual energy use to the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free energy management tool used to track and assess energy and water consumption. By measuring and tracking energy use in buildings, also known as benchmarking, building owners and tenants can better understand how their building’s energy performance compares to similar buildings and identify opportunities to cut energy waste. In 2024, the State will establish building performance standards with which buildings will have to comply. 

Learn more, Register, and Report  


Carry Out Bag Fee:

What stores are affected by the state law?
A retail store IS affected if either of the following apply*:

  • The store has more than three (3) retail locations
  • The store is part of a franchise, corporation, or partnership that has physical store locations outside of Colorado

*Food service and restaurant establishments are ALL exempt (not affected) no matter the type. Grocery stores and convenience stores are not considered food service under the definitions in the law, so grocery stores and convenience stores are affected based on the rules above.

Examples:

  • A grocery store with more than three locations across Colorado would be affected, a grocery store with three or fewer locations would not.
  • A chain fast food restaurant would not be affected, because it is food service (and is not a grocery store or convenience store).
  • Any local restaurant or café would not be affected.
  • A local retail store with one location in Westminster would not be affected.
  • A retail souvenir shop that is part of a larger franchise with a location in Utah would be affected.

Learn more about the fee and compliance here

Save on Utility Bills with a FREE Energy Assessment and EXTRA Bonus Rebates! 

Take the guesswork out of efficiency opportunities for your business and save on your operating expenses. Sign-up for an energy assessment!!   

  1. Sign-Up! Xcel Energy offers a suite of low or no-cost building energy assessments to fit your specific needs. Fill out an interest form or call sign-up at 877-287-2250!

  2. Complete Your Building Energy Assessment: An energy advisor will identify low to no-cost energy savings opportunities, as well as top energy saving projects specific to your business. Following the assessment, the advisor can help connect you to financing options, rebates, and contractors.

  3. Receive Supplemental Rebates: The City of Westminster will provide a $1,500 max in rebates and fund projects up to 75% of total cost (Xcel Energy + City rebates combined) for each business. Reach out with a copy of your building energy assessment to receive these bonus funds. Rebates are first come, first served, so contact the City ASAP!

Questions? Contact SAGE@cityofwestminster.us or See Details Here!

BONUS REBATES: For a limited time, you can receive an additional 25-50% bonus rebate discounts on LED lighting from Xcel Energy and up to $1,500 in additional rebates from SAGE.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA): Guide to Small Business Resources

In August 2022, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to fight the climate crisis, grow domestic clean energy production, lower prescription drug costs, expand access to affordable health care coverage, and raise taxes on high-earning corporations—all to rebuild the US middle class for families, workers and businesses. Within this massive bill come numerous opportunities for small businesses—from accessing solar energy to electric vehicles and more.

Learn how the IRA can benefit your business here! 

Install an Electric Vehicle Charging station for up to 80% off! 

The Charge Ahead Colorado Grant provides funding for the purchase and installation of Level 2 and Level 3 charging stations.

  • Applications are accepted January 17th through February 17th at 5:00 PM MST
  • Eligible applicants are business owners, commercial and multi-family housing property owners and manager.
  • For more information contact Matt Mines, Colorado Energy Office, at matt.mines@state.co.us or 303.866.2128.

Learn more and apply here 


Considering New Fleet/Machinery Equipment? Grant Funds are Available for Electric Options! 

The Colorado Clean Diesel Program helps businesses offset the cost of replacing certain diesel equipment. The Program is currently providing grants for:

  • Electric and hybrid/plug-in transportation refrigeration units (TRUs)
  • Electric and hybrid-electric bucket trucks
  • Electric construction equipment, including material handlers, mini-excavators, and backhoes
  • Hybrid-electric snow groomers
  • Electric lawn mowers
  • Electric terminal tractors
  • Electric farm tractors
  • Associated electrical infrastructure
  • Idle-reduction technologies

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Sustainable Business of the Year Award-2022: GQue BBQ

GQue received the 2022 "Sustainable Business of the Year Award" because they’re equally dedicated to serving up amazing tasting food, providing a great place to work, and to benefitting the local community. They stood out among the business community in the following ways: 

  • GQue became SAGE Certified by completing over 30 sustainable business best-practices
  • Participated in Xcel Energy’s Small Business Energy Solutions program to identify high-impact energy saving opportunities for their building
  • Recycles and/or sells their used cooking oil.
  • Provide compostable plates and service-ware in their catering services.
  • Supports the local community through donations and sponsorships to over 35 different organizations ranging from schools to sports teams to humane societies.

Practices like these that not only highlight how GQue not only serves up one tasty pulled pork sandwich, but does so in a way that benefit their business, the community, and the environment. Thank you GQUE BBQ for your leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices!

Congratulations to our SAGE Certified Businesses! 

The following businesses have gone above and beyond to promote sustainability within their organization 

Join these businesses by becoming SAGE Certified: Learn about certification here!   

 

About SAGE:

The SAGE Sustainable Business Program makes it easy for your business to be sustainableSAGE provides tailored assessments, resources, and assistance to businesses seeking a structured approach to implementing sustainability initiatives and measuring results. Expert advisers will work with you to create a personalized plan for your business and help you implement it at your own pace to reach your sustainability goals

If you choose to go further, SAGE recognizes businesses for environmental excellence through verification of sustainable business practices. Complete a check-list of best practices in energy, water, waste, transportation, and community and we will certify and promote you as a SAGE Certified Business. 

SAGE businesses demonstrate that profit and environmental benefit go hand-in-hand and can improve employee morale, increase operational efficiency and promote a positive public image.

Learn more through the program flyer

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POLICY UPDATE:

House Bill 21-1286, “Energy Performance for Buildings,”—will require:

  • owners of large commercial, multifamily, and public buildings 50,000 square feet or more to report their annual energy use to the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free energy management tool used to track and assess energy and water consumption.

  • By measuring and tracking energy use in buildings, also known as benchmarking, building owners and tenants can better understand how their building’s energy performance compares to similar buildings and identify opportunities to cut energy waste. The law also establishes building performance standards with which buildings will have to comply. 

  • Learn more, register, and report here

  • The first benchmarking reporting deadline for building owners is December 1, 2022, for calendar year 2021 energy use data. 

House Bill 21-1162 — the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act — will institute:

  • A ban on polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) take-out food and beverage containers. This goes into effect on July 1, 2023

  • A ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags and a fee on paper bags to encourage reusable bags. Small businesses would be exempt from the ban on single-use plastic bags, but the ban would still apply to large grocery and retail stores. This goes into effect on and after September 1, 2022. 

  • View the factsheet on how it may apply to your business. 

House Bill 22-1026—the Alternative Transportation Options Tax Credit

This bill will help employers support employees that commute to work using an energy-efficient mode such as transit, a bicycle, or a vanpool. The credit is available for two years and covers 50% of the cost of providing clean transportation options. To receive the tax credit, employers must offer clean transportation options to all employees, including part-time and contract workers, which will ensure the benefits are available to all workers including those who don’t have the option to work from home. 

CONTACT SAGE: 

Email SAGE@cityofwestminster.us or call 303-658-2662 to set up an advising session and for any questions and comments.