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Sustainable businesses are well connected and interact with the business community. To support businesses, SAGE facilitates and encourages relationships between businesses that foster “best practice” sharing, collaboration and learning opportunities.

SAGE offers learning opportunities and brings together sustainable business leaders with environmental trainings, best practice workshops and experiential activities that focus on the following: 

  • Opportunities to learn about best practices that benefit businesses’ triple-bottom line
  • Educational events and experiences to learn and implement sustainable practices, strategies and techniques
  • The sharing of experience and best practices to advance businesses knowledge and application of sustainability
  • Cultivating knowledge and understanding of practices that advance the sustainable growth of the Westminster economy and businesses.

                                                                   

Zero Waste Webinars:

  • NEXT SESSION: Sourcing Tips and Best Practices
    Thursday, October 28th, 11 AM-12 PM MST:
    Join the zoom here (Webinar ID: 890 8893 5873 and Passcode: 784871)
  • How to Form a Green Team: Access the recording and resources

  • Bin Audit and DIY Toolkit: Recording available soon. 

The City of Westminster in partnership with Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Business program is hosting a webinar on how to inspire your employees and customers to correctly sort and dispose of waste. You’ll learn waste sorting, signage, and communication best-practices.

Join 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. and has an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation. 

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in: 

  • analyzing your waste stream
  • reducing costs on materials and resources 
  • educating and inspiring employees and customers to correctly dispose of waste

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89088935873?pwd=Y0dhTDJEUEhySXZ4dldIekFtRGgzdz09 Passcode: 784871

This is part of a monthly series, click here to register for the entire four month series. 

EV Charging For Your Business Or Commercial Property: Oct 5, 2021 11:00 AM 
REGISTER ON ZOOM 

Is your business or commercial property ready to install electric vehicle charging for customers, employees, fleets, residents, or the general public?

Electric Vehicles are growing in popularity. Businesses and commercial property owners play a key role in meeting the demand for EV charging, but how do you get started with installing charging equipment and what incentives are available to your organization? Join representatives from the State of Colorado, plus electric vehicle and charging equipment experts, to learn the basics and hear about programs available to support your project.

EV Trends and Projections - Nigel Zeid - EV Transformation
Equipment and Installation Basics - RJ Harrington - National Car Charging
ChargeAhead Colorado Grants - Matt Mines - Colorado Energy Office
Xcel Energy Programs and Support for Businesses - Brandyn Bicknese - Xcel Energy

Presented by Boulder County Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE).

Green Your Bottom Line in Food and Beverage Businesses:

The Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CREE) is hosting a webinar series: "Green Your Bottom Line" which is an initiative to support food and beverage businesses in making improvements to their facilities and processes, which will benefit both their economic bottom-line and the environment. Workshops include case studies and lessons learned, technical topics, and opportunities to learn from peers.

  • Reduce Food Waste: Recording 
  • Water Efficiency: August, 20 - Register
  • Review & Communicating Your Successes: September 17 - Register

Taking Action to Reduce Food Waste by 50%: ReFED Webinar Series

Register for Series: October 20, November 17

A webinar series to help you make the most of ReFED’s Insights Engine and Roadmap to 2030: Reducing U.S. Food Waste by 50%. Each installment will dig deep into one of the seven key action areas of the Roadmap to 2030, exploring what’s happening on the ground, what challenges to reducing food waste remain, which solutions can make an impact, and how solution providers are already bringing them to life. Hear from experts across the food system from food businesses to funders, innovators to policymakers, and more.

Attend this series if you’re: 

  • interested in food waste reduction
  • in the food service or restaurant industry
  • in the farming and food production industry

Register for any or all seven installments below. Not sure you’ll be able to attend? Register anyway to receive recordings of each installment.

  • October 20 – “Strengthen Food Rescue”
  • November 17 – “Recycle Anything Remaining”  

Ongoing training opportunities:

  • Westminster Economic Development Business Trainings: See here for a calendar of upcoming trainings 

  • ENERGYSTAR and EPA Best-Practices: See here for a calendar of upcoming trainings. Westminster Economic Development Business Trainings: See here for a calendar of upcoming trainings. 

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In 2020, the inaugural Sustainable Business Award was given to Premier Members Credit Union! 
Watch their recognition videohere

Last year, Premier Members Credit Union was selected due to their outstanding sustainability achievements, including: 

  • Conduction of a comprehensive sustainability assessment that included gathering energy, waste, natural gas, paper, and water use baseline data and setting 2020 and 2021 reduction goals and achievement strategies.
  • Responsible purchasing practices, notably using copy paper made of 100% recycled-content and printing 100% of their marketing materials on uncoated, 30% post-consumer recycled paper with soy or corn-based inks.
  • Sourcing renewable energy across their branches through a solar electric system that offsets 14 tons of CO2 pollution each year. This is equivalent to planting 1,078 total trees or to reducing 30,500 miles of auto travel per year.
  • Educating consumers on ways to integrate sustainability into their finances, home, lifestyle and community activities.

Training Library:

Below are videos and slides on trainings and educational opportunities 

  • Financing Energy Efficiency Projects: Learn best practices and tips on what to know before you sign. Access slides here
  • ENERGYSTAR Trainings: Access ENERGYSTAR videos, slides, and information on Portfolio Manager, ENERGYSTAR Certification, and how to use their tools
  • COVID-19, Ventilation, and Energy Efficiency for Building Owners and Managers:  A webinar focused on the latest science of covid-19 in indoor air, dos and don’ts of modifying your ventilation system, and how to maintain energy efficiency. Commercial building owners and managers learned what changes to their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems will best reduce risk for their occupants, common limits of HVAC, and how to preserve energy efficiency while making modifications.
  • Brewery Energy Efficiency (Treasure Hunt): Learn about ENERGY STAR's "Energy Treasure Hunt" process for brewers to uncover opportunities to maximize efforts in reducing energy costs. Energy costs can be 5-10% of cost of goods sold in breweries. As the brewing industry continues to grow, start questioning why things are the way they are and how to reduce your bottom line
  • Employee Producer Responsibility: Check out this recording on Extended ProducerResponsibility with Kate Bailey and Rachel Setzke was incredibly informativeand a great look at what we can be doing to further zero waste solutions andsustainability in Colorado. 
  • EPA's reducing wasted food & packaging toolkit: a step-by-step guide for conducting a wasted food assessment.  
  • Food Waste Insights Engine: Learn new best practices and insights around food waste reduction and prevention! The ReFED Insights Engine is a data and solutions hub for food loss and waste, designed to provide anyone interested in food waste reduction with the information and insights they need to take meaningful action to address the problem. Download the slides here and access the Insights Engine here

Water Conservation:

  • Reducing Water Use at Breweries: Learn about how breweries can implement simple water conservation techniques that not only use natural resources more efficiently, but also make sense for the bottom line.

Climate Action:

  • Restore Colorado: Restore Colorado is a voluntary program that gives participating restaurants the opportunity to fight climate change and support local agriculture. restaurants that choose to participate can add an optional 1% surcharge to the customer receipt. this surcharge revenue will be used to support carbon farming on regional farmland. visit Zero Foodprint's Website for more information about the program.

Additional Recognition Opportunities 

  • Environmental Leadership Program:DEHS_MainELPLogo637509330796933547
    our statewide environmental recognition and reward program which offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement. There are three levels: gold, silver and bronze. Check out the ELP Brochure for details. 
  • B Corp: BCorp_Logo
    B-Corp Certification measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance, evaluates how your company’s operations and business model impact your workers, community, environment, and customers. From your supply chain and input materials to your charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves your business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.
  • Best for Colorado:BestForColorado
    Best for Colorado program serves as the hub for corporate social responsibility for Colorado businesses. It allows companies to measure and improve their social and environmental impact, regardless of where they are on their corporate social responsibility journey.

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Email SAGE@cityofwestminster.us or call 303-658-2662 to set up an advising session, get your questions answered, and to provide comments.