Reducing our carbon footprint with ClimateWise

December 08, 2014

At Motherlove we are always looking for ways to make our company as sustainable as possible.  This has been a goal since our founding, and as a company based with deep roots in the nature it only makes sense.  We depend on the gifts of the plant world to make our products, and the planet depends on us for responsible stewardship. 

So when we moved to Fort Collins this year we jumped at the chance to participate in the City of Fort Collins' ClimateWise program.  ClimateWise is a voluntary program helping local businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting waste reduction, energy savings, alternative transportation, and water conservation.  Participating businesses receive technical assessments and ongoing support, public recognition, and employee education.  In 2013, ClimateWise business partners reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 171,000 metric tons of CO2e and saved $15 million. 

Motherlove is one of more than 360 participating businesses.  ClimateWise awards businesses levels (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum) representing their progress in reducing their footprint.  In our first year we hope to achieve silver status, and of course we will work hard to achieve platinum status!

When we moved in to our new facility we immediately made improvements to lower our carbon footprint, like installing energy efficient lighting and motion sensors, and planning for a major solar installation.  And we have always given great attention to the sustainability of our ingredients, packaging, and supplies, energy, and water use, at both our offices and our farm.  But we know that there is always room for improvement, and we're excited to participate in ClimateWise to help us become even more green.

In the coming months ClimateWise will conduct an assessment of Motherlove's energy use, trash/recycling, water use, and even employee transportation to work!  We expect to have a waste stream assessment, which will involve a close look at our waste and identify areas for improvement.

One of the things we appreciate most about ClimateWise is that they will be able to help us quantify our progress in terms of carbon reduction - making our ongoing efforts that much more real and vital.

We hope you'll join us on our ClimateWise journey!  We will update you as we learn and make adjustments to make Motherlove the greenest it can be!

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