Actively Green finishes its fourth year of certification
AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center has completed the fourth year of its Actively Green certification program.
Becoming Actively Green certified has provided Walking Mountains with ways to easily monitor its energy usage, waste diversion, employee engagement and sustainable purchases. This initial step of tracking allows the organization to determine a baseline from which it is continually improving on its sustainability and stewardship initiatives.
“By tracking utilities and continuing to measure our environmental impact, we’ve ensured the ongoing success of our programs and our constant improvements in environmental stewardship,” Kim Langmaid, founder, vice president and director of sustainability and stewardship programs at Walking Mountains Science Center said.
Through the Actively Green program and the Sustainability Management System, the organization is able to document its environmental journey. From creating a sustainability handbook for employees, maintaining systems that make the Science Center in Avon LEED Platinum certified, and giving back to other nonprofits in the community, Walking Mountains strives to both retain successful practices and to create new ones each year.
New initiatives for 2017 include:
• Printing program brochures on 100 percent recycled paper.
• Providing the staff with systems to compost food scraps from their meals.
• Implementing a new incentive for carpooling to work.
Climate Action Plan
The Actively Green program has gained considerable momentum since its creation for the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships. The program is aimed at helping businesses become more sustainable by measuring progress in three specific ways: environmental protection, economic success and social responsibility. The Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community lists the Actively Green program as a key element in helping the local business community reduce its impact on the environment.
“The Actively Green program is a perfect example of how a local business can take actionable steps to help reach the goals of the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community,” Langmaid said.
For more information about becoming Actively Green Certified, go to http://www.walking mountains.org/ag to register for the next business training, set for the afternoons of April 19 and 26.
About Walking Mountains Science Center
More information about Walking Mountains programs is available at http://www.walking mountains.org or at 970-827-9725.