Each year Utah Business Magazine honors business leaders in Utah who are making strides in environmental sustainability. The prestigious awards recognize various categories of impact including: Green building, social impact, energy conservation, and waste and recycling. Park City Lodging was honored with the Green Business Award in Green Leadership for our aggressive commitment to sustainability in property management and vacation rentals. The award ceremony was inspirational in learning about the progressive and daring leaders in Utah working toward a brighter tomorrow. We found ourselves humbled to be in the company of so many visionaries and wanted to share a few of our favorites…
Even though this is, in a sense, tooting our own horn, we could not be prouder to live in a community that is so dedicated to renewable energy, waste reduction, and public transit. Park City was named the greenest municipality in the state of Utah. Well deserved with the most ambitious renewable energy goal in North America – to be carbon neutral by 2022!
When thinking of sustainability in business, a mortuary isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind, but at Memorial Mortuaries & Cemeteries they are taking an impressive approach to environmentally conscious burial practices. With hand-dug graves, wicker and bamboo biodegradable caskets and sustainable cremation, they are truly going above and beyond to provide sustainable alternatives to traditional interment services.
The Spotted Door is a website that sells products exclusively made from recycled and reclaimed materials. By providing a network for sustainable businesses to reach consumers, the Spotted Door has brought a new potential to the upcycled product economy, diverting hundreds of tons of material from landfills. The Spotted Door features unique and unlikely providers, such as Lance Korhorn, a firefighter who repurposes old fire hoses into rugs, belts, coasters, and other cool products.
Kevin Leecaster spent his career as a research scientist at the University of Utah studying climate change and ocean chemistry modification caused by greenhouse gas emissions. After retiring Kevin was increasingly worried about the worsening air quality in the Salt Lake Valley (often the worst in the nation). As a scientist and dedicated community member Kevin knew he had something to lend to the solution and started one of the first benefit LLCs in Utah, Green Fire HVAC. His business model prioritizes client education and installs cleaner, higher efficiency options for home heating and cooling.
The Salt Palace in Salt Lake City is one of the largest convention centers in the state and the first to reach Level 1 of the sustainability certification for event centers (APEX/ASTM Certification). The formation of the Salt Palace Green Team ensures their dedication to environmental sustainability is innovative, far reaching, and effective. Last year the Salt Palace Green Team donated over 200,000 pounds of recycled materials to local organizations, rescued over 30,000 pounds of food leftovers from events to feed the hungry and are slated to recycle over 650,000 pounds of materials in 2018.