In 2016, Recycle Utah initiated the Green Business Program providing free support to companies that are committed to undertaking specific sustainable operations actions. In 2022, they partnered with Park City Municipal, Summit County, and the Park City Chamber of Commerce enabling the program to become more rigorous with additional requirements, resources, and recognition for members. Currently 51 businesses participate and each has selected actions to undertake from 5 categories: energy efficiency, water conservation, materials management, transportation, and social equity. Depending on the number of actions businesses commit to, they move within the program from entry level green circle, to intermediate blue square, to the most aggressive black diamond level.
At January’s Green Drinks annual awards event, winning green businesses were recognized for their commitment to and success operating more sustainably. We can learn from their actions.
Park City Mountain Resort, performing at the highest black diamond level, is the 2023 Green Business of the Year. Perhaps the most noticeable of their sustainability initiatives is their waste diversion operation. Restaurant guests take their food trays to sorting stations and staff sort it into compostables, recyclables, soft plastic wraps and snack wrappers. This system keeps contamination from improper sorting to a minimum. There are trash, recycling, and snack wrapper cans for guests to use outside. Last year, Park City Mountain diverted a whopping 546 tons of waste from the landfill with 185 tons of it being food waste! To work, it takes our cooperation.
Abode Luxury Rentals won the Zest for Zero award which recognizes a company that has made fast progress entering the program. As they have done in their properties, their eco-friendly suggestions include reducing their heat to 55 degrees in unoccupied home; eliminating bottled water and liquid soap pump bottles; using timed aerated faucets; using dissolvable laundry detergent sheets; following local no-idling regulations; providing guests recycling bins and recycling guidelines; utilizing transit schedules and maps.
fulFILLed Lifestyle Co., another highest-level performer, won the People’s Choice Award. It is a zero waste and refill store located at the Outlets Park City. Their suggestions? Eliminate packaging by buying eco-friendly personal care and house cleaning products in containers you reuse and refill, and skip taking bags for your purchases!
By Bev Harrison