We all know recycling makes for an eco-friendly business. But what about a no idling policy in the parking lot to reduce emissions? Or recording how much waste your company creates in a week?
Revamping policies and investing in energy-saving equipment can help your business go green. Depending on where you’re located, it may also earn recognition from local agencies.
Just ask Amy Andrle, co-owner of L’Eagle Services. Last September, the Denver dispensary received the Certifiably Green Denver distinction. It was the first cannabis store to receive the distinction, she said. “I think that from our standpoint it’s advantageous to have this certification because it certainly helps substantiate the claims that we make about how we run our business.”
The City and County of Denver’s Department of Environmental Health runs the certification program, which is designed to help businesses “find opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability while minimizing environmental liability through pollution prevention,” the agency’s website reported.
Andrle stressed that the Certifiably Green Denver designation doesn’t certify the dispensary’s products. Rather, it certifies its business practices and business management.
Certifiably Green Denver evaluates businesses in five main areas:
A look at that list shows reveals L’Eagle has its bases well-covered.
Signs gently remind guests that the business has a no-idling policy in the parking lot. However, for customers who brought their pets along for the ride, a dog parking area allows them to secure their animals in a safe, shaded area equipped with fresh water, she said.
Still, the work isn’t finished at L’Eagle. “Every year we’ll have to look at adding a handful of new systems, new practices to maintain that certification,” Andrle said.
The dispensary had to quantify its weekly waste production as part of the application process. “We hope to minimize that amount year-over-year by introducing new policies or systems we use in-house,” she said.
Andrle offered several suggestions for other dispensaries looking to become more environmentally conscious.
It may seem like a lot. But Andrle said she believed companies who resolved to go green would find the effort “well worth the investment.”
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