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City of Longmont recognizes businesses that have adopted sustainable practices

Over 44 local businesses participate in the program
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Longmont Florist on Dec. 7. Photo by Ali Mai

As the topic of climate change becomes more commonplace, patrons to Longmont businesses will be able to identify which is participating in sustainable practices. A list of 2021 was just released by the city. 

According to Lisa Knoblauch, city of Longmont sustainability program manager, the city looks three areas known in the business community as the Triple Bottom Line when determining if a business is successful in practicing sustainability.

Those areas include:

  • Environmental: Employing energy and water conservation techniques, increasing waste diversion, and encouraging sustainable transportation.
  • Social: Participating in volunteering and community opportunities, donating to nonprofits, implementing diversity and inclusion strategies, and offering an employee wellness program.
  • Economic: Implementing fair labor practices, mentoring local entrepreneurs, buying local, hiring members of the local workforce and paying livable wages.

When the program began in 2019, 18 businesses participated in the program. That number has since grown to 44 certified in 2021. According to Knoblauch, 77 Longmont businesses have been certified since the program's launch in 2018. 

The Sustainable Business program is a self-reporting program. It is designed to align local business sustainability practices with city of Longmont sustainability goals, according to Knoblauch. Once a business reports its practices through the city’s GreenBiz Tracker platform, the application is reviewed by a department representative.

The measures taken by businesses are assigned points which later result in gold (greater than or equal to 60% of all points earned), silver (greater than 40% of all points earned), and bronze (0-40% of all points earned), awards.  

Each award winner will receive a decal noting their level of certification that can be displayed in their windows, Knoblauch said. The top winner in each category received an additional prize.

The Sustainable Business program also provides marketing information for businesses to better promote their success and initiatives.

“It’s important for people to support sustainable businesses because the benefits extend out into the community – not only do sustainable practices provide … benefits to businesses, they help improve the well-being of employees, create a healthier natural environment, and support greater quality of life for the community as a whole through a variety of sustainable practices,” Knoblauch said.

The city recognizes that many small- to medium-sized businesses are often too busy with daily operations to focus on sustainability. The program is designed to help businesses begin integrating more sustainable practices into their operations.

“Sustainable business practices help save businesses money while contributing to the advancement of sustainability goals in resource conservation and community well-being and helping to achieve the city's Sustainability vision,” Knoblauch said. 

The following is a list of the 2021 Sustainable Business Awards sorted by the certification they were awarded.

 

Business Name

Score

Award

Category

Longmont Florist

10.4%

Bronze

 

Emporio Clothing

18.4%

Bronze

 

Bellas Hair Studio

19.8%

Bronze

 

Smokin Bowls Restaurant

19.9%

Bronze

 

Dia y Noche Mexican Restaurant

20.5%

Bronze

 

Panaderia Guanajuato

20.6%

Bronze

 

Carniceria La Barata

22.2%

Bronze

 

Outworld Brewing

22.7%

Bronze

 

La Panda 2

24.3%

Bronze

 

Crossroads School

24.5%

Bronze

 

La Panda 1

24.9%

Bronze

 

Estudio 64

26.6%

Bronze

 

Marcos Hot Dogs

27.4%

Bronze

 

Tacos La Familia

32.7%

Bronze

 

Tutti Frutti

33.3%

Bronze

 

Tarylen Cleaning Services

34.7%

Bronze

 

ST. VRAIN CIDERY, LLC

35.3%

Bronze

 

Taqueria Madero

35.4%

Bronze

 

Madhouse 4 Paws

36.2%

Bronze

 

Paleteria La Michoacana

36.3%

Bronze

 

Tortilleria Las Americas

37.3%

Bronze

 

La Garnacha

37.5%

Bronze

 

Success Tax Service

38.1%

Bronze

 

Hilton Garden Inn Longmont

39.9%

Bronze

Best Bronze

Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce

40.4%

Silver

No. 1 Business Contributor to the Local Economy

Nothing Bundt Cakes

41.2%

Silver

 

Swaylo's Tiki

43.0%

Silver

 

Mon-Rae Facilities Services

44.4%

Silver

 

Maxi Hair Salon

45.1%

Silver

 

Dulcería BomBon

45.5%

Silver

 

Blue Corn Tacos

46.2%

Silver

 

Whistling Boar - Kitchen

48.2%

Silver

 

Blue Agave

50.7%

Silver

Best Socially Responsible

Jefes Tacos & Tequila

50.8%

Silver

 

Premier Members Credit Union - South Longmont Branch

53.2%

Silver

 

Premier Members Credit Union - North Longmont Branch

54.9%

Silver

 

Circle Graphics

56.0%

Silver

Best Silver

OZO Coffee Company, Longmont

60.1%

Gold

 

SNOW Apparel llc

61.3%

Gold

 

Flavor of India

61.50%

Gold

 

The Roost

61.53%

Gold

 

Main Street Mat Company

65.4%

Gold

 

Dry Land Distillers

65.4%

Gold

Best Environmental friendly

Rosalee's Pizzeria

65.6%

Gold

Best Gold

 

Correction: The number of Longmont businesses who have participated in the program in 2021 and since the launch of the program have been updated. 

 

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