In honor of Earth Day, Montana State University Extension’s EcoStar awards program recognized a number of Montana businesses.
The EcoStar awards program, now in its 17th year, recognizes Montana businesses whose impacts support environmentally and economically sustainable communities by conserving resources of water, energy and clean air and by serving as role models by surpassing state and federal requirements to reduce solid and hazardous waste.
This year’s 19 award winners represent 18 different communities across Montana. The awardees, who were honored in a reception with the governor at the Capitol on April 19, include farmers, restaurants, a brewery and winery, a rafting company, retail businesses and manufacturers and a high school Future Farmers of America group.
“This year, the EcoStar award winners saved over 30 million gallons of water, conserved 179,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, reduced 1.6 million pounds of solid waste and 56,276 pounds of hazardous waste, eliminated 177 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and saved $335,172 through their pollution prevention efforts,” said Jenny Grossenbacher, director of the Montana Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Program for MSU Extension.
“It is a great honor for me to get to recognize the meaningful differences that you are making,” said Governor Steve Bullock at the awards reception. “It is not just the right thing to do for some ethereal reason; it is also the most efficient thing to do. It’s a way to build our businesses and protect our environment, and it’s the economic thing to do. You are the leaders making a contribution to the greater good for all of Montana from all corners of the state.”
The businesses recognized with 2017 EcoStar Awards are listed by city below. An asterisk indicates a past winner. Multiple locations:
*Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Yellowstone – Bozeman, Yellowstone National Park
*Mackenzie River Pizza Co. – Billings, Bozeman, Belgrade, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, Whitefish, Kalispell, Polson
*Boulder Hot Springs Inn, Spa & Retreat
Glo Luxury Oils
Red Tractor Pizza
Shaggy Bear Farm
*Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot
*Xanterra at Glacier National Park
Electric City Future Farmers of America
Homestead Organics Farm
Red Paint Creek Trading Post and Pantry
Tongue River Winery
Polebridge Mercantile and Bakery
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Company