Meet the Green Business 2022 winners

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Salt Lake City Airports Department

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In the fall of 2020, the Salt Lake City Airports Department (SLCDA) opened the first phase of the new SLC Airport, the first major new airport built in the United States in the 21st century. The new SLC has been designed and built to provide a flexible, future-ready design that is more efficient, durable and keeps costs competitive. It was also designed to set a benchmark for environmentally responsible airports. Sustainable design strategies aimed at minimizing the airport’s environmental footprint included high-performance glazing, natural lighting, energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems, and efficient configuration of terminal locations and gates to reduce aircraft fuel consumption and emissions. SLCDA’s efforts have not gone unnoticed and were recognized in 2021 with a LEED Gold certification. Phases 2 and 3, which are currently under construction, are also on track to achieve LEED Gold.

Novva Data Centers

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With sustainability at the forefront of every decision made, Novva Data Center’s flagship product in western Jordan was designed to operate without water year-round, use solar energy and cool with ambient air. As a result of these green practices, the facility has earned LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council, a major accolade legitimizing the facility’s sustainability efforts. The most unique feature of the flagship facility is a waterless cooling system that operates using a combination of the raised floors surrounding the air and heat exchange coils. Additionally, the facility is outfitted with countless green design elements, including artificial turf to reduce unnecessary water use, refillable water bottle stations, electric vehicle charging stations, and storage receptacles. recycling that foster a green mindset among employees. The data center is an example of how thoughtful design can go a long way toward creating greener facilities.

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Nude Skin

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Nu Skin is focused on caring for the environment through its business practices and community leadership. By 2030, the company is committed to making all product packaging recycled, renewable, recyclable, reusable or reduced. In 2021 alone, Nu Skin’s remanufacturing and sustainability initiatives saved 118.2 tons of plastic and 33.1 tons of paper. Nu Skin is the first beauty company to use Eco-Pac, which is made from 100% Bio-pe (a bio-based plastic resin derived from sugar cane) which uses 83% less carbon emissions and an average 10% less plastic per product. . A designated product recycling bin at Nu Skin’s global headquarters recycled 179.8 tons of materials in 2021 alone. Nu Skin leads sustainability efforts in the state of Utah by training and leading the Utah Sustainable Business Coalition with Adobe and Young Living, which leads businesses and communities to improve the world. In five years, the coalition has grown to include more than 300 members across the state.

The SLC Shop

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The Shop SLC, a leading co-working space for creative professionals, has made history by opening the city’s first carbon-neutral co-working space. Here, teams big and small come together under one roof to share furniture, technology, coffee makers and ideas. The Shop has championed sustainability beyond the construction itself with a series of partners and initiatives, including a relationship with Momentum Recycling and Atlas Disposal to recycle appropriately, as well as sponsorship of the GREENBike station near. The roots of the workspace are deepened through outreach from eco-focused nonprofits such as Green Urban Lunchbox and Utah Sustainable Business Coalition. These partnerships have cemented The Shop’s role in surrounding communities by committing to providing local products for purchase on the workspace market.

Social impact

Utah Clean Energy

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What started as a small group of passionate volunteers working on climate issues around a kitchen table has grown into one of Utah’s most influential and trusted clean air and climate change organizations, Utah Clean Energy. When they were incorporated in 2002, wind and solar farms in the state were non-existent, almost no homes had solar power, and talking about climate change in the hallways of the state capital of Utah required walking a political tightrope. Utah now has enough renewable energy to power nearly 700,000 Utah homes, energy efficiency is a priority energy resource, and Utah leaders from all parties discuss the risks and solutions of the climate change. Over the past 20 years, Utah Clean Energy has become the state’s foremost expert on climate solutions, clean energy and air quality. The organization’s mission is to “lead and accelerate clean energy transformation with vision and expertise” and has supported these ideals through dozens of impactful measures spanning solar power, electric vehicles, homes health, energy and equity, climate policy, etc.

Goal Zero

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Global leader in clean and consumer power solutions, Utah-based Goal Zero created the portable power station category more than a decade ago following a humanitarian mission to bring sustainable energy to those who need it. From emergency outages to camping and off-grid projects and events, Goal Zero solar panels, power stations and accessories give people the power to keep their gear charged in any situation. Born out of a desire to empower people everywhere and as an NRG company, Goal Zero strives to change the way people think about and use energy by leading the way in the development of smarter energy solutions.

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