Brief Description: There is a rising opportunity and need for businesses to lead system-wide reductions of carbon emissions by using more sustainable materials, increasing the efficiency of energy use, developing new climate-friendly products or services, and more. The Colorado Green Business Network of the Yampa Valley (CGBN-YV) was launched the summer of 2022 as a free, technical assistance and environmental recognition program. The program is run by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC), a regional partner of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Green Business Network (CGBN). The goal of the program is to connect businesses who want to distinguish their processes and products by environmental and sustainability performance with technical resources and tracking platforms to do so.
This recommendation seeks to expand the CDPHE-based platform and current CGBN-YV offerings to develop a robust partnership-based program that increases reach, recruitment, education opportunities, technical support and networking benefits in order to enhance the overall economic and climate benefits of the program. The Economy Working Group has identified partners in the Yampa Valley to lead the scaling up: YVSC and RCEDP, with Steamboat Chamber supporting. YVSC currently funds part-time administration of the CGBN-YV program, but additional funds are needed to expand staff and entrepreneurial training and operational opportunities.