SustainableBreck Businesses have reduced thousands of pounds of carbon emissions, kilowatt hours, pounds of trash, and toxins. Many of these businesses have streamlined operations and saved money while doing it.
Want to become a SustainableBreck certified business? The High Country Conservation Center is offering green coaching services to SustainableBreck Businesses, sponsored by the Town of Breckenridge. Participation in the program is free, but space is limited. Businesses in the program receive a free comprehensive energy and sustainability audit including an analysis of cost, energy savings and environmental impact. This year, businesses will receive a $100 to put towards a green project. Businesses that complete an energy related project will be eligible to receive a rebate for 50% of the cost of the project up to $400.
Questions? Contact Jess or call us at (970) 668-5703.
2012 and 2013 Certified SustainableBreck Businesses:
Hearthstone RestaurantHearthstone Restaurant composts three tons a month! Waste diversion efforts ensure that 90% of all waste is kept out of the landfill.
Hearthstone found that attic air sealing and insulation were the number one recommendation on the energy audit. The restaurant expects to save 20% on their energy bill in 2013.
Other improvements: Hearthstone has upgraded their industrial strength cleaners to a more environmentally and human-friendly version, reducing toxicity in the restaurant and in our aquatic systems. They are also working to reduce single-use bags (like plastic bags). How do they do it? Staff education is a big part of their environmental sustainability efforts. ‘Rack cards’ also include information about the SustainableBreck program and reducing single-use bags. Great job Hearthstone!
Mi Casa RestaurantMi Casa composts 10 tons a month, diverting 75% of its waste stream. As part of the SustainableBreck Business Program, Mi Casa purchased 43 11-Watt LED dimmable flood lights and 24 9-Watt LED light bulbs to replace 35 Watt and 65 Watt incandescent bulbs. These upgrades will result in 10,000 kWh annual savings and over 16,000 pounds of carbon reduced from our atmosphere.
Ski Village Resorts: Office and Blue Front BuildingAs a result of their energy audit, Ski Village Resorts caulked and repainted all windows at their office. Two inches of rigid blue foam insulation were added to the South side of the building, in additional to building wrap and air sealing. All lighting is in the process of being replaced with CFLs or LEDs. Energy usage is being tracked but is expected to be reduced by 10%. Other great news: Ski Village has their own cloth bags that they give out to guests in order to help reduce single-use bags in Breckenridge.
The Ski Village Resorts Blue Front Building is available for guest rental. Manager John Hendryson has created in-room recycling systems at each of 24 different properties.
Certified SustainableBreck Businesses
Abbett Placer Inn (Silver)
Alpine Bank (Silver)
Ambika Healing (Bronze)
Bella Event Design and Planning (Bronze)
Book Breck Vacation Homes (Bronze)
Breckenridge Dental (Gold)
Briar Rose (Bronze)
For Pet’s Sake Thrift Store (Bronze)
Grand Timber Lodge – Breckenridge Grand Vacations (Gold)
Grand Lodge on Peak 7 – Breckenridge Grand Vacations (Bronze)
Hearthstone Restaurant (Gold)
Interiors by Design (Silver)
LoLo Juice (Silver)
Mi Casa (Gold)
The North Face Store (Silver)
Peak A Boo Toys (Silver)
Petal and Bean (Certified)
Ski Butlers (Silver)
Ski Village Resorts (Blue Front)
Ski Village Resorts (Silver)
Summit Combined Housing Authority (Bronze)
Fourteen more businesses are in the process of receiving SustainableBreck certification! Read more about their accomplishments soon.
Beaver Run Resort
Blue Sky Resort
Breck Bike Guides
The Carriage House
Harmony Health Massage & Wellness Spa
Matthew Stais Architects
Summit Sustainable Building
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Timberline Learning Center