"The RSBP has enabled us to reduce our energy use to improve our bottom line, as well as help our employees, customers and the environment. The $1,194 we are projected to save annually is good for our pocket book, and the 22,085 pounds of greenhouse gases we'll prevent is good for our community and the earth. I recommend all businesses in the 4 Corners area look to the RSBP for help in improving their resource efficiency and therefore their bottom line, it is a wonderful community resource." -- Tim Wheeler, owner of Durango Coffee Company
“This program is guiding us on a path to deeper efficiency for our business. Our staff is excited about the benefits and ideas the RSBP has introduced. The culture of our work place as well as that of employee’s homes has shifted.” -- Peter Schertz, owner of Maria’s Bookshop
"The Resource Smart Business Program has inspired me to start making changes that will improve our business, staff satisfaction, and ultimately the community. LED lighting has enhanced the look of the store and merchandise and will drastically lower my electric bill. We even created a mission statement to indicate our enthusiasm about minimizing our impact on the environment and having fun doing it." -- Renae Muller, Owner of Renae Marie
"Working with the RSBP pilot program has enabled us to make smart business decisions for the Coop that not only affect the bottom line, but also our employees, customers and the environment. So far the program has helped us to convert our refrigeration lighting from T-12 to LED, saving 7,688 KWh and $769 annually. We expect to see a return on this investment in just 24 months."-- Joshua Jackson, General Manager, Durango Natural Foods
“We’re excited to be part of a program that makes energy savings possible for so many businesses in La Plata County. Without the assessments provided by the RSBP we wouldn’t have known what adjustments to make to our systems. It is also great to have the opportunity to get to know and work with other businesses that are working toward similar goals.” -- Jesse Westback, owner of Brown’s Sport Shoe.
“Congratulations to these businesses for becoming Resource Smart Certified! Their actions directly translate to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved air quality, and employee health. Not only does this program help our area businesses improve the environment, but the money they save on utility bills can then be reinvested in our local community. By cashing in on economic, environmental, and social value, they also serve as models for other businesses.” -- Dick White, Durango City Councilman.
“It’s an honor to recognize these three businesses for their efforts and accomplishments in striving to be ‘Resource Smart’.We look forward to supporting them and other local businesses as they reduce energy consumption and work toward long-term sustainable business development in La Plata County.” --Gwen Lachelt, La Plata County Commissioner