Green Link Newsletter November 2010



    Sustainable Business Program E-Newsletter

November 2010


In this Issue...

Sustainable Business Program Highlights

Program News-Lyn's Lines

Sustainable Business Theme of the Month: What’s Next After LEED

About the Program


Program Highlights


 Making a Difference - One Business at a Time!
The Steamboat Sustainable Business Program, in its fourth year, has had 78 participating businesses.    Currently, the following are enrolled in the program:
Businesses that have achieved certification:
Businesses that have achieved certification:
BAP and Big Agnes, GOLD
Moots Cycles,
J.K. Wall Designers,
Pet Kare Clinic,
Black Tie Ski Rentals,
Moving Mountains Chalets, Inc., GOLD
Letson Enterprises,
Air Quality Systems,
Kelly & Stone Architects, GOLD
Prudential Steamboat Realty,
Fox Construction,
PostNet -
Big House Burgers -
Simply Steamboat Property Management - GOLD
City of Steamboat Springs - Centennial Hall - BRONZE              
City of Steamboat Springs - City Hall - SILVER
ResortQuest Steamboat -
Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association - BRONZE
Central Park Management -
Colorado Mountain College -
Mountain Valley Bank - BRONZE
Rex's American Grill - SILVER
Mazzola's Restaurant -
The Ore House at the Pine Grove Restaurant -
Alpine Bank -
TouchMark Promotions -
GO Alpine -
Native Excavating - GOLD
The Steamboat Pilot & Today -
Sheraton Steamboat Resort –

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp – Administrative Offices - SILVER
Mountain Fire House - City of Steamboat Springs -
Alpine Insurance -
Landmark Consultants -
Light Works of Steamboat -
Catamount Lake Ranch & Club - Golf Clubhouse
Steamboat Motors -
Businesses on their way to achieving certification:
Drahota Construction Co.
Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace
Irene Nelson Interiors
Lowell Whiteman School
Mountain West Environments
Vertical Arts
Steve Green Company
Catamount Ranch & Club - Lake House
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp - Food & Beverage Department
Feldman and Nagel Attorneys at Law
Lil' House Coffee & Biscuits

Steamboat Grand Resort

Yampa Valley Medical Center

Sweetwood Cattle Company

City of Steamboat Springs – Transit Center & Public Works

Steamboat Grand Resort

           - Yampa Valley Medical Center

           - Sweetwood Cattle Company

           - City of Steamboat Springs – Transit Center & Public Works

Cents For Steamboat Program Participants:
Black Tie Ski Rentals
Central Park Management
The Steamboat Pilot & Today
Light Works of Steamboat
Steamboat Motors
Native Excavating




Lyn's Lines



 The 4th Sustainable Business of the Year award was announced at the recent Chamber luncheon on October 29th.  Out of this year’s very deserving nominees – Sheraton Steamboat Resort,
Moving Mountains, The Ore House at Pine Grove Restaurant, Go Alpine and Steamboat Pilot & Today, the award went to Go Alpine.

Previously Alpine Taxi, the Go Alpine team was chosen for their efforts in meeting the challenges to ameliorate a potentially large carbon footprint that results from the nature of the service they provide.  Some of the highlights include:

                -water conservation – recycling vehicle wash water

-reducing emissions - recently purchased a second hybrid vehicle

                -offer emission offsets to customers that support the Colorado Carbon Fund ($3,000 collected to


                -energy reduction components at their new location

                -overcoming recycling challenges, especially in the shop (antifreeze, batteries, oil, etc.)

                -choosing environmentally friendly products wherever possible

                -community support via donations and volunteerism.             GREAT JOB!

Previous winners were Marabou (2007), Smartwool (2008) and Black Tie Ski Rentals (2009).

This year’s Cents for Steamboat community program focused on the benefits of growing and consuming food locally.  We secured a community garden plot on
Oak Street and planted a vegetable garden in June. Central Park Management, a gold certified sustainable business, stepped up to help manage the project and the Lowell Whiteman School, also a SBP member, played an integral part.
Throughout the summer, members of the
SBP program volunteered to maintain the garden plot, painstakingly watering, weeding and harvesting the crops.  The Lowell Whiteman School K-8 students also participated to learn why growing our own food is good for us, for the local economy, and for sustainability.

The harvest included broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, dill, thyme, and rosemary. 



For photos visit the website at




Bike to Work Month Results


 In partnership with Smartwool and the Routt County Riders, the SBP helped kick off the first annual Bike to Work Commuter Challenge this summer.   Who would have thought that so many companies participated, with total bike miles ridden during the month of June tallying at 14,203 miles.  27 teams and 39 solo riders competed for the bragging rights and all told,  CO2 emissions were reduced to the tune of  13,647 pounds!  Plans are already underway for next years’ event.



What's Coming Up?

Friday, November 12, 2010, 11:30am
Don't miss the upcoming tenth Quarterly Sustainable Business Networking Luncheon hosted by Sweetwater Grill.

Featured Speaker: Julie Hagenbugh, Owner/President -  JK Wall Designers, GOLD level

Julie will discuss ways to save energy with cost effective window treatments and more.


Lunch will be provided for $5 for businesses enrolled in the Sustainable Business program and $15 for non-members.  All are welcome!  Space is limited.  RSVP  at 875.7000 or   We hope to see you there! A HUGE thanks to the Sweetwater Grill for hosting the event!



Sustainable Business Theme of the Month

Green Building – What’s Next After LEED


The next level of green building is underway – the living building, inspired by and designed after nature.  Putting the holistic concept of deriving all of its energy from renewable resources, capturing and treating its own water/wastewater, providing a quality indoor environment, utilizing green building materials, and existing in concert with the site, living buildings have the potential to totally transform the built environment.


By now, everyone has heard of LEED, a series of green building codes administered through the US Green Building Council.  LEED has become widely utilized in both the public and private sector.  Now, forward thinkers have developed an even higher level of green building, one which is performance-based and ultimately is carbon neutral and has net zero waste and wastewater - essentially a self sufficient, stand alone structure comparable to a living tree.  The sixteen prerequisites for achieving living building status as developed by Cascadia Region Green Building Council in Oregon even include an element for human delight.


Impossible you may say? Apparently not, according to EcoStructure Magazine’s October issue three projects, two commercial and one residential, have completed the first set of third party audits for the Living Building Challenge issued by the International Living Building Institute. 


Where will this journey lead?  Elevated thinking and inspired interdisciplinary design and construction teams will be needed to address the multitude of regional ecological and climatic variances and challenges.  Innovations that result in reasonably priced technology to achieve the desired outcome will also be a necessary.  Clearly there will be a need to revisit regulations and codes at all levels – City, County, State – in order to make this type of initiative possible on a broader level. 


Perhaps what is most encouraging is the notion that more and more people have become willing to recognize that our relationship with nature and the natural ecosystem are integral to our well being and sustenance.  A healthy and vibrant human community must embrace and co-exist with the natural environment.



About the Program

To date, 78 businesses have participated in the Sustainable Business Program, one of the most accredited, diverse and encompassing programs of its kind in Colorado. Established in March of 2007 as a collaborative effort between the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and local consulting firm Environmental Solutions Unltd, the Sustainable Business Program has been changing the nature of business in the Yampa Valley.  The program focuses on sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line - a new way to define business success. The Triple Bottom Line includes: financial success, social responsibility, proactive environmental management, and the inter-relationships between them. Our goal is to leave our planet in as good or better shape for future generations.
As part of the program, Environmental Solutions Unltd provides professional sustainable business coaching as well as a format for networking, sharing of ideas and practices, and for channeling collective energies amongst the business community that further the goal of achieving sustainability and a vibrant, economically sound community.  

Green Link is published by the Steamboat Springs Chamber quarterly.
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