Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Local Businesses Earn ‘Resource Smart Certification’ and Achieve Greater Efficiency in the Workplace

The Resource Smart Business Program (RSBP) is pleased to announce Durango Coffee Company and For the Birds are now Resource Smart Certified as ‘Ramping Up’ for upgrading their lighting and completing three RSBP assessments. A natural fit for the program, these businesses enlisted the help of the RSBP to make positive changes by reducing energy consumption, increasing worksite wellness and promoting sustainable business practices in the workplace.

Thus far, Durango Coffee Company and For the Birds have both upgraded their lighting to LED, resulting in annual savings of over $1,197 and $305, respectively. For the Birds is also working on installing more insulation and has updated their mission and vision to incorporate sustainability principles. By reducing operational costs, these businesses will see a return on their investment in just one to two years.

“It’s an honor to recognize these businesses for their efforts and accomplishments in striving to be ‘Resource Smart’,” said Gwen Lachelt, La Plata County Commissioner. “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.”

Durango Coffee Company is conveniently located at 720 Main Avenue in historic downtown Durango. A local's favorite for over 15 years, serving Durango's freshest locally roasted coffee, the largest selection of fine quality teas, and an extensive selection of ever-changing kitchenware. 

“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,” commented Tim Wheeler, owner of Durango Coffee Company. “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 four corners area look to 4CORE and the RSBP for help in improving their resource efficiency and therefore their bottom line; they are a wonderful community resource.”

For The Birds is located at 1560 E. 2nd Avenue on the river trail at Rotary Park. For the Birds is Durango's own nature store. When you shop at this locally, owned independent business, you are helping support local nature education and conservation organizations. They provide space and program time for Durango Nature Studies, Bear Aware, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, and La Plata Open Space. They can be found on the web at

La Plata County businesses are invited to participate in the RSBP by applying online at A total of 30 businesses are expected to participate and become ‘Resource Smart Certified’ by the end of 2013.

For more information or to apply for RSBP certification, please visit the website or contact Amanda Saunders with 4CORE at (970) 259-1916.

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