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Going Green

A Sustainable BusinessGold Award from the Steamboat Chamber Sustainable Business Program

Moving Mountains has recycled and taken steps to reduce energy consumption for many years. This year under a new sustainable business program developed by the Steamboat Springs Chamber we have reviewed current practices and recommendations provided by a sustainable business coordinator and taken this to the next level. For our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint we are delighted to have received the top level Gold Award.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber launched the Steamboat Springs Sustainable Business Program in February 2007 as part of its 2007 Centennial Celebration.

What does Sustainability mean?

Sustainability might be thought of in its most simplistic form as harmonizing human activities with natural systems while keeping longevity in mind. Sustainable business practices encompass the inter-relationship of three key components,
1) financial success,
2) social responsibility, and
3) proactive environmental management, attempting to maximize the short and long term well being of each.

Let's preserve what we have while we can...

What is the Sustainable Steamboat Business Program?

The objective of this new program is really an educational one. The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association with assistance from their consultant, Environmental Solutions Unlimited, will be providing educational resources, tools, and personalized assistance for businesses in the Yampa Valley to learn about common sense business practices that help attain sustainability. The program is strictly voluntary, there are no regulatory components. Through the Chamber's Sustainable Steamboat Business Program, member businesses can enroll, for a small fee, in a certification program which offers community-wide recognition as well as access to resources to help them implement, measure, and continually improve their environmentally sustainable practices such as:

  • Adopting or committing to sustainability in the business mission statement
  • Encouraging managers and employees to support the program
  • Helping spread the word by networking with other businesses relative to sustainability
  • Physical Plant - Facilities: Energy Conservation Utilization of "Built Green" materials or concepts in building construction
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Recycling/Reuse of materials
  • Elimination or reduction of discharges
  • Water conservation practices
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduction

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