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

There's a new user interface for the Green Business Tracker! Check out this tutorial to learn how to navigate the updated platform! 

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

It's always a good time to explore your opportunities for a lighting and energy efficiency upgrade and now, 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. To find how much money LED lighting upgrades can save your business, sign-up for an assessment today!  

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 to 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!

LEARN MORE  AND SCHEDULE YOUR ASSESSMENT

Since April 2021, SAGE has achieved

175+ Businesses Assisted

 

50+ Business Actions and Projects Completed

 

10 Businesses SAGE Certified 

 

$40,000 in financial incentives provided 

 

Learn about SAGE's impact in its first year here

Protect Your Ash Trees! 

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is the most destructive and costly tree pest in North American history, and is responsible for killing millions of ash trees. Its presence was confirmed in the City of Westminster in 2019. All ash trees within Westminster are susceptible to EAB, and if untreated, they will be killed by this invasive pest.  Preventative treatments are very effective and encouraged, as the cost of protecting trees is much less than removing and replacing them.  If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to please contact a tree care company to discuss treatment options with an arborist.

One in seven (14%) of all trees in Westminster is an ash, with some locations having a much higher percentage.  It is estimated that Westminster has 69,000 ash trees within city limits, the vast majority of which are located on private property!

Learm more about EAB and see what you can do to protect your trees
 

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. 

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.

Learn more about Vestar's sustainable practices 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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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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CONTACT SAGE: 

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