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 

Prepare for Winter: Save on Utility Bills with a FREE Energy Assessment and Bonus Rebates! 

With winter and darker times coming, now is an especially good time to explore your opportunities for a lighting efficiency upgrade. Take advantage of free LED light bulbs too—this means both the assessment and the equipment upgrade would come at no cost. You can also receive bonus rebates up to $1,5000 on cost-saving energy equipment! 

Follow the steps below to take the guesswork out of efficiency opportunities for your small business and save on your operating expenses.

Register 

  1. Sign-Up! 
    Xcel Energy offers a suite of low or no-cost building energy assessments to fit your specific needs. Reach out today to find out which assessment is right for you: Call 877-287-2250 or register at: xcelenergy.com/SBES

  2. Complete Your Building Energy Assessment   
    During your 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!

LEARN MORE  AND SCHEDULE YOUR ASSESSMENT

2021 Sustainable Business of the Year Award:
Vestar: The Orchard Town Center

Congratulations to Vestar: The Orchard Town Center for being named the 2021 SAGE Sustainable Business of the Year! Vestar is a nationally recognized leader in the acquisition, management, leasing and development of retail real estate. In Westminster, Vestar manages the Orchard Town Center. Vestar is  a champion of sustainability internally and within the community, their actions include:

  • Becoming SAGE Certified through completing over 30 sustainable business best-practices
  • Partnering with the City and Drive Clean Colorado to put on and promote an Electric Vehicle show-case at the summer farmers market
  • Promoting and partnering with the City and Xcel Energy to encourage business tenants to participate in the Small Business Energy Solutions campaign.
  • Maintaining and promoting the use of two on-site EV charging stations
  • Planning to retrofit their parking lots with LED lightings
  • Utilizing water efficient landscaping throughout the property
  • Being a dedicated community member and neighbor through community donations and sponsorship to A Precious Child, Mark Junior Fund, and Food for Hope.

CHARGE AHEAD COLORADO GRANT WORKSHOP 

The winter round of the Charge Ahead Colorado EV charging infrastructure grant program will be open from January 24 to February 7, 2022 at 5:00 PM MST. 

Public and private entities interested in installing Level 2 or Level 3 charging stations are encouraged to apply. Applications for stations at workplaces, multi-family housing and tourist destinations are of particular interest. Would you like help with your proposal? Drive Clean Colorado offers free coaching. Please contact us today! 

Join Drive Clean Colorado for a workshop on January 25 - Noon to 1 pm to learn more about the Charge Ahead Colorado application process from our coaches and past successful awardees. 
Register here

Zero-Waste Toolkit and Resources: 

SAGE teamed up with Kate Christian, the Corporate Sustainability Manager at Eco-Cycle, one of the oldest and largest non-profit recyclers and Zero Waste organizations in the U.S. to host a series of workshops on zero waste specific strategies, resources, and opportunities for Westminster businesses.​​

Looking for one-on-one waste consultations? Ask our Eco-Cycle waste guru questions during office hours
Register here

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!   

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POLICY UPDATE: House Bill 21-1162 — the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act — once signed, 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. 

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CONTACT SAGE:

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

 

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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