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Paying Tribute to the Organizations Planting Seeds for a Greener Future

Heather Stewart, Di Lewis, Sarah Ryther Francom

November 1, 2011

WRE’s production process creates both biodiesel, which is sold to local fuel distributors, and glycerin, which is further refined and sold for use in other products. Powell says Washakie Renewable Energy takes pride in its product and maintains a commitment to cleaner air, the local green industry, local jobs and the health of future Utahns.

CBRE

In 2007, CBRE made a commitment to become carbon neutral. The company reached its goal in July 2011 by implementing green leasing standards and sustainable operation protocols, among other green initiatives. During 2010, the company offset more than 50,000 metric tons of carbons emissions.

“We recognize that commercial real estate consumes a significant amount of our natural resources and that CBRE can make a material difference in the efficient utilization of those resources,” says Gary L. Coker, CBRE managing director. “CBRE believes that we have an ethical responsibility to our clients, employees, shareholders, communities and society at large, and we are committed to maintaining our environmental sustainability leadership position.”

The company recently relocated to a Gold LEED-certified office building and built its space to the LEED Silver standard. “From the perspective of corporate responsibility, the value of going green and reducing your carbon footprint relates to our obligation as stewards of our environment,” says Coker.

Utah Orthopaedics

Utah Orthopaedics’ green practices extend from its Platinum LEED-certified building to its internal culture. “It’s our philosophy to ‘do no harm’ in our profession and within our environment,” says Dr. Dann C. Byck, co-owner. “It is a personal and professional commitment that we take passionately. Our efforts impact our staff and patients in creating an overall improved workplace, which includes fresh air, natural light and encompasses environmentally friendly technology that impacts performance and an overall better experience for a healing environment.”

Beyond the company’s internal efforts to be green, Utah Orthopaedics strives to spread environmental awareness throughout the community. “Our providers provide community services talks and communication on wellness, nutrition, green practices and personal performance,” says Dr. Jeffrey J. Rocco, co-owner. “We like to set the bar for reducing carbon footprint and hope that others will follow suit—to reduce the amount of impact on our global climate…Bottom line, it’s the right thing to do currently and for our future generations.”

Westminster College

Westminster College believes that educating today’s students will lead to a greener tomorrow. “Quality environmental education can help Utah improve air, water and soil quality; make the best use of finite natural resources; and create a versatile workforce,” says Kerry Case, environmental center director. “As an institution of higher learning, Westminster College is committed to providing active, engaged learning about our local and global environment.”

In 2010, Westminster opened the Meldrum Science Center—a Platinum LEED-certified center dedicated to educating students in a variety of environment-focused areas. The center includes demonstration gardens, solar electricity installations and energy conservation areas. “Westminster College is committed to engaging our campus community in both the theory and practice of sustainability,” says Case. “This effort supports both our college-wide learning goals (what we want every student to achieve before they graduate) and helps our students become responsible, informed citizens.”

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College’s Green Academy strives to educate students about all aspects of sustainability, ranging from recycling, to creating community gardens, to green building. The college developed the Green Academy in 2010 to provide foundational skills training for entry into careers of sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy through courses, certificate programs and a degree program. But beyond its educational efforts, the college has created a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and staff.

“Sustainability is a culture and mindset that bridges all aspects of life,” says R. Adam Dapstrup, SLCC geoscience coordinator and faculty member, and chair of the college’s sustainability committee. “SLCC Green Academy is training the workforce for jobs that will be in high demand by offering workshops, courses and programs to currently unemployed or underemployed students that will provide skills and knowledge necessary for them to enter one of the many renewable energy fields.”

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