FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts: Martha James Johnson, High Country Conservation Center, (970) 668-5703
Kerstin Anderson, Town of Dillon, (970) 262-3403
NEW SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PROGRAM IN DILLON
Dillon, Colorado – February 10, 2016 – The Town of Dillon launched its Energy Smart Dillon Sustainable Business Program this year, aimed at recognizing and supporting businesses that make environmentally responsible choices. Five Dillon businesses are on track to be certified in the first year of the program. County-wide, over 95 businesses have been certified in the Towns of Frisco, Breckenridge, and Silverthorne sustainable business programs. The first business program began in 2011 in the Town of Frisco when HC3 and Frisco officials realized local businesses wanted to become more environmentally friendly but weren’t sure how. HC3 created a program that offers businesses free resources and incentives. In the last few years, the program expanded to Breckenridge, Silverthorne, and now Dillon.
Dillon Town officials are pleased with the high level of interest in the program, which was created through the joint efforts of the Town of Dillon and the High Country Conservation Center (HC3). The program is free for participating businesses. The first step is to contact the staff at HC3 to schedule the free sustainability and energy assessments which include a comprehensive overview of a businesses’ energy and water usage, waste diversion, purchasing policies, and transportation practices. At no cost to the business, the assessments provide measurable actions that have cost saving benefits.
Each business receives a baseline score based on their current environmental initiatives. Participating Energy Smart Dillon businesses commit to completing at least one recommended improvement to become certified. As an incentive for the improvement, each business can receive up to $400 to put towards the project. Businesses already certified can continue to improve their score and receive bronze, silver and gold certification levels.
“We have found that in our other business programs, the economic benefit is substantial, not only for the businesses but also for local contractors doing the upgrades. Lighting and energy costs are always something that business leaders want to reduce and we have found that these types of upgrades often provide a payback in less than 3 years. Of course, businesses are also looking to reduce the ecological footprint of purchasing policies, especially for things like paper products and cleaners. We help them take a comprehensive look at the whole supply chain,” said Martha James Johnson, Energy Programs Coordinator at the High Country Conservation Center.
Town Planner of Dillon, Ned West reports, “We’re really pleased with the strong interest in our Dillon Energy Smart business certification. The early success of this program demonstrates our communities’ commitment to sustainability.”
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