Utah Business Magazine - Green Getting Better, But Can Go Further
12/09/2011 - by Dianne Lewis
Being environmentally responsible is easier than ever and is critical to maintaining a healthy future: those were the overarching messages atUtah Business magazine’s 2011 Green Business Awards.
Being green used to be unusual and something that people looked at with skepticism, said Rob Adams, REDCO director of property development. Now green is normal and something people want to get more involved in. REDCO won the overall Green Business award.
That acceptance is a good sign, but it’s not enough, said Forest McNabb, Big-D Construction senior vice president. McNabb borrowed a saying from the civil rights movement and adapted it to green practices.
“The day we’ve stopped talking about ‘green,’ we’ve succeeded. The goal as we move forward is to stop talking about green and live it,” he said.
McNabb emphasized that doing business and living responsibly is about the future and what type of world is left to coming generations.
DwellTek Principal Brad Peacock said the problem for many people is they want to contribute but don’t know how to or are put off by the cost of switching to green practices or products. It’s the job of those who are already working on sustainability to make a bigger difference by engaging those who aren’t yet and helping them find ways to be green, he said.
That was how inthinc Technology Solutions got started, said Cory Catten, chief technology officer. The company makes vehicle systems that reduce idle time, speeding and aggressive driving. The system originally began as a way to decrease crashes, Catten said, but the company realized it had the benefit of reducing fuel consumption as well. Now it works both angles, using its strengths to promote energy efficiency.
Utah Business congratulates the Green Business award winners, who are leading the way in the community to make sustainability the standard rather than the exception.
Complete list of honorees
Community InitiativesJordan Valley Water Conservancy DistrictSalt Lake City Corporation – Recycling Program
Workplace InitiativesUtah OrthopaedicsCBRE
Education InitiativesSalt Lake Community College – Green AcademyWestminster College Meldrum Science Center
Residential ConstructionMountain Vista HomesDwellTek, LLC
Commercial ConstructionGSBS ArchitectsCreative Times, Inc. (dba CTI Construction)
Transportationinthinc Technology SolutionsWashakie Renewable Energy
Technological InnovationEnerlytePacksize International, LLC
ProductUV Pro FloorsKaddas Enterprises, Inc.