CERTIFIED GREEN BUSINESSES
Ah Haa School for the Arts is a community center of learning and culture that offers a wide variety of programs and seeks to inspire individuals of all ages to explore, develop and celebrate their creativity. Located inside of a turn-of-the-century train depot, a beautiful building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ah Haa's goal is to keep this historic building looking and functioning at its best, while also minimizing its carbon footprint. In addition to basic reduce, reuse, and recycle measures taken throughout the building, Ahh Haa has been focused on winterizing the space by maximizing furnace efficiency and sealing all drafty doors and windows. They also received a grant to help replace and upgrade all lighting in the building with energy efficient bulbs, tracks and fixtures.
Alpine Bank is committed to the needs of their customers, employees, shareholders and communities. They believe that their long-term health and success is directly linked to the health and quality of the natural environment. Alpine Bank endeavors to continuously improve the environmental performance, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and prevent pollution by adopting and promoting renewable resources; resource efficient products, services, practices. Through their actions, they aim to influence and improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. Alpine Bank communicates their environmental policy and actions with their communities and they welcome their participation.
Alternative Power Enterprises offers solar system design to the Western Slope of Colorado. APE specializes in battery based and off-grid systems, and has installed over 400 photo-voltaic systems in Western Colorado since 1992. Our passion is helping people achieve their solar goals and helping to decrease our carbon footprint. We would love to bring our expertise to your project and supply a long lasting reliable power system to you.
Bootdoctors and Paragon Outdoors is a family-owned and operated outdoor retailer. They offer top quality skis and bikes for rental and sale, plus demos, boots, boot-fitting, and the best brands of outdoor clothing and accessories. Boot doctors strives to be a sustainable business, which for them means making mindful decisions about the impacts of their business on the planet and people. Some of their decisions have included product sourcing, waste stream identification, plant management, employee engagement, and community involvement.
Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge. Escape to leisure and adventure amid the magnificent San Juan Mountains of Telluride, Colorado. The Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge, located in the heart of Mountain Village, offers much more than a Telluride ski resort experience - it provides luxury living in the heart of one of the world's most sought-after destinations. At their private residence club featuring two and three bedroom homes, you can enjoy exceptional comfort and luxury that only the Fairmont can provide.
Guide Garage is a locally-grown, Alpine Touring and Tuning Center in the heart of Southwest, Colorado. At home here in Ouray where the backcountry is our backyard, we live to get out and play in the stunning San Juan Mountains. Our shop is about providing the essentials for incredible days in the alpine.
Hotel Madeline is committed to promoting sustainable tourism throughout the Southwest Colorado region, through various socially responsible practices. Their dedication extends even further by educating guests and staff on eco-friendly practices to ultimately reduce our ecological footprint on the local environment. Their enrichment philosophy extends to the natural world. Ecology experts can take you on explorations of the local flora and fauna, interaction with their partner farmers and ranchers, photography tours with local wildlife, even historic walking tours which highlight the local commitment to the regions rich heritage and history.
Inn at Lost Creek, Telluride is a truly magical place where our natural environment is awe-inspiring. The Inn at Lost Creek is committed to sustaining the environment. Their Eco-Travel program has many facets, from the basic towel/linen saving program in our guest rooms, to the company program at Talay Grille, the Inn at Lost Creek is focused on improving their footprint. Awards include, the "Green Leaders Gold Level" Trip Advisor award.
Jagged Edge is a specialty outdoor retail shop in Telluride, CO. They feel a responsibility to take care of the environment that enables their business to succeed, to do what they can with their business to make it as non-impactful as possible. Jagged Edge has solar panels on their roof and a wind energy offset program in place. They recycle and reuse everything they can, use energy efficient lighting whenever possible, work to reduce packaging waste of our products for sale, and clean with Eco cleaning substances, for the health of customers and employees. They encourage social responsibility in all aspects of their business and seek out products to sell that are less harmful, made locally, made from sustainable materials and are built to last.
Luminosity is an architectural lighting design firm focused on lighting for the interior and exterior environment. Their design approach aims to enrich the architectural form and positively impact the visual environment. As lighting technology rapidly progresses, this studio utilizes these advances to provide significant energy reductions for each project. Luminosity uses sustainable design and is LEED Accredited with 5 LEED projects nationally and abroad. They have partnered with Habitat for Humanity, The Mountain Volunteer, where they were able to complete two projects in Nepal that focused on providing daylight in classrooms and electric light for adult night classes. Luminosity has taken their sustainable commitment one step further and purchases carbon offsets for all their work related travel.
MountainFilm is describes how the theme "The New Normal" galvanized staff to look closely at MountainFilm's operations, "MountainFilm is dedicated to reducing carbon in Telluride, and we feel our first responsibility is to start within our own organization. We hope to set an example and inspire other local businesses to pursue their green certification as well." - Sage Martin, Executive Director.
Picaya has diverse offerings that include a wide array of furniture, home accessories, textiles, jewelry and beads. Discover a tasteful collection of international and local treasures that blend modern concepts with antique traditions at Picaya. They specialize in locally made, fair-trade, eco-friendly and recycled products. All of their gift bags, boxes and office supplies are made of recycled paper. Picaya strongly believes in reusing all packing materials and encourages all of their customers to do the same. Picaya is the ideal environment to furnish your home or find the perfect gift for any occasion.
RIGS Adventure CO is one of the finest Fly Shops and Guide Services in the Southwest Colorado region. They offer a variety of trips to encourage everyone to get outside. From Walk-Wade, Float Fishing, Whitewater River Rafting Trips, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, River Tubing, Rentals and River Expeditions, we strive to provide safe and fun outdoor experiences for people of all ages. RIGS is conveniently located in the picturesque Uncompahgre River Valley, minutes away from Ouray and Ridgway State Park, nested below the majestic San Juan Mountain in Ridgway, Colorado - between Telluride, Ouray, Montrose and Silverton.
San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) is the region's member-owned, locally controlled electric power cooperative providing safe, reliable and responsible electric service to approximately 10,000 members with 13,500 meters covering a region of approximately 3,600 square miles in Western Colorado. As a cooperative, SMPA strives to support the quality of life in our communities through our core business of electric service as well as innovative ideas and programs surrounding economic development and environmental forward thinking. SMPA is proud to join the growing list of certified green businesses in our region with the certification of our Ridgway facility. Efforts are underway to also certify SMPA's Nucla, CO office.
Telluride Historical Museum was established in 1965 and has operated within one of Telluride's first public buildings, the 1896 historic landmark miner's hospital building. The mission of the Telluride Historical Museum is to preserve the rich, colorful, and diverse history of the region and to bring history of life through exhibits, programs, and education. In order to retain a sense of community in the face of the area's unprecedented growth, the Museum now appeals to culturally and economically diverse audiences to examine the events, artifacts and personal accounts of Telluride's heritage.
Telluride Naturals, from jewelry to candles and to local artwork and clothing, Telluride Naturals is the BEST place for local and regional gifts. All of the products we sell are made in Colorado, and by selling local, we keep small businesses thriving. Visit our location in Mountain Village to find your little piece of Telluride.
Telluride Realty & Investment, John Janus operates his business from his green, off-grid home on Hastings Mesa that was featured in EcoAction Partner's Green Home Tour a few years ago. His business focus is on marketing energy efficient, sustainable homes in the region and promoting smart eco-friendly lifestyles. He is excited to work in partnership with EcoAction Partners to encourage sustainable living practices in our community.
Wilkinson Public Library, its staff and trustees have made a strong commitment to sustainability. Their role as a strong community leader drives them not only to implement green initiatives on site, but to provide education to the community that supports home, business, nonprofit, and local government efforts to reduce negative impacts on the environment. At the library, the staff participates on a Green Team that monitors utility use and brainstorms ways to "green up" library operations. They have implemented many changes that have greatly reduced our carbon footprint including the installation of a 10,000 Watt photovoltaic solar electric system that provides 6% of the library's electricity.