ECO-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES IN COLORADO TO SUPPORT
September 12, 2021
The state of Colorado is home to a number of environmentally conscious businesses and organizations. Here are some of Freedom Solar’s favorites.
AGEAGLE AERIAL SYSTEMS
AgEagle, which has an office in Denver, uses a cloud-based software platform called FarmLens that provides agricultural data and analysis through drones. With infrared imaging, it can process information on crop health while incorporating other data. Then, researchers can analyze the information via any platform that supports GeoTiff data, such as Google Earth.
The company aims to provide insights for colleges, universities and nonprofits on how to improve sustainable practices in the agricultural industry. Additionally, it educates drone owners and researchers who use drones about responsible methods of use when collecting data.
Aker, located in Denver, creates open source urban garden kits that transform an area of your home or available vacant spot into a small farm of vegetables, herbs and greens. You can customize these garden kits online to fit your preferences. Plus, the small gardens can act as sanctuaries for insects such as butterflies and honeybees to live and breed.
Aker Kits uses urban farming technology to help you get closer to nature by learning how to produce your own food while helping the ecosystem. All its FSC-certified products are easy to assemble, don’t require tools and are ethically sourced.
CONSCIOUS REAL ESTATE
Located in Denver and the Front Range, this residential real estate company specializes in eco-friendly homes and business practices. Conscious Real Estate also focuses on educating clients about ways to move toward energy-efficient and sustainable living practices in their homes.
The business’s office is located in Green Spaces, a fully solar-powered co-working building that not only harnesses the power of the sun for electricity but also composts waste, recycles and minimizes water use. Its operations are also paperless — a rare feature for real estate companies because paper contracts are common practice. Additionally, it donates 10% of each commission to a client’s choice of nonprofit, usually an environmentally focused one.
Coolerado, an air conditioner manufacturing company that Seeley International owns, provides air cooling units for residential and commercial use. Coolerado Coolers use 80% less energy than traditional air conditioning systems and function by evaporating water in a working airstream. The units then release water in numerous stages, with no water or humidity added during the process.
Its systems don’t require compressors or chemical refrigerants. This is a breakthrough step in the air cooling industry and highly innovative in terms of sustainable energy. The company was founded in 2004, with headquarters in Denver.
PlaceMatters event featuring participants using touch-tables to determine how alternative development scenarios affect greenhouse gas emissions
A Denver-based community organization, PlaceMatters (merged with Radian Inc.) focuses on partnerships and initiatives that promote environmentally conscious technology. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave PlaceMatters a grant to support its long-term building and civic engagement in sustainability matters.
A dry cleaning company based in Denver’s metro area, Revolution Cleaners uses nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning solvents for its operations. The company also has lower water consumption than typical dry cleaning businesses. In addition, it discards all solvent waste through an eco-friendly waste disposal system to ensure water, soil and air aren’t harmed in its cleaning processes.
To reduce waste, it urges customers to recycle any hangers in recycling bins located at each of its stores. Alternatively, customers can give hangers to drivers (who use fuel-efficient vehicles) at the time of delivery. Drivers then return them to the company’s cleaning facilities for proper disposal.
SEVERE WEATHER ROOFING & RESTORATION
Severe Weather Roofing & Restoration is headquartered in Fort Collins but has offices spanning the state. The company uses energy-efficient technologies and recycling throughout its operations to conserve resources. And it’s also a vocal supporter of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association in hopes of inspiring its employees and customers to follow sustainable practices.
Uplight, with one of four offices located in Boulder, offers a dashboard on its platform that gives customers rebates for using clean products and services. The company also informs customers about rewards, recommendations and energy insights for home products that they could replace with sustainable alternatives.
Its customers enjoy average savings of 6.7% toward their overall energy costs, often reaching over 10% during peak months.
Wunder Capital, headquartered in Boulder, is an online investment and solar project management company that helps nonprofits, businesses and community-led solar projects with financing and managing their solar journeys to make the transition easier.
The company’s online portal allows investors and others interested in funding solar projects to learn more about sustainable businesses so they can make informed financial decisions.
Located in Aurora inside of Stanley Marketplace, Zero Market offers environmentally friendly products in bulk. You can find a range of refillable products, from cleaners (including soap and disinfectants) to food and drinks such as kombucha on tap.
The zero waste shop also offers workshops on topics that educate the community on how to consume less in their daily lives. These workshops cover areas such as composting, recycling and sustainable energy.
GO SOLAR IN COLORADO
If you want to lead a more sustainable life, going solar is a great option. And because Colorado has around 300 sunny days per year, getting solar panels is a great financial investment and allows you to achieve full energy independence.
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