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New Sustainable Business Program in Dillon

Energy Smart Dillon

Post Date:08/25/2017 2:01 PM


Media Contacts: Martha James Johnson, High Country Conservation Center, (970) 668-5703

Kerstin Anderson, Town of Dillon, (970) 262-3403


Dillon, Colorado – February 10, 2016 – The Town of Dillon launched its Energy Smart Dillon Sustainable Business Program this year, aimed at recognizing and supporting businesses that make environmentally responsible choices. Five Dillon businesses are on track to be certified in the first year of the program. County-wide, over 95 businesses have been certified in the Towns of Frisco, Breckenridge, and Silverthorne sustainable business programs. The first business program began in 2011 in the Town of Frisco when HC3 and Frisco officials realized local businesses wanted to become more environmentally friendly but weren’t sure how. HC3 created a program that offers businesses free resources and incentives. In the last few years, the program expanded to Breckenridge, Silverthorne, and now Dillon.

 Dillon Town officials are pleased with the high level of interest in the program, which was created through the joint efforts of the Town of Dillon and the High Country Conservation Center (HC3). The program is free for participating businesses. The first step is to contact the staff at HC3 to schedule the free sustainability and energy assessments which include a comprehensive overview of a businesses’ energy and water usage, waste diversion, purchasing policies, and transportation practices. At no cost to the business, the assessments provide measurable actions that have cost saving benefits.

 Each business receives a baseline score based on their current environmental initiatives. Participating Energy Smart Dillon businesses commit to completing at least one recommended improvement to become certified. As an incentive for the improvement, each business can receive up to $400 to put towards the project. Businesses already certified can continue to improve their score and receive bronze, silver and gold certification levels.

“We have found that in our other business programs, the economic benefit is substantial, not only for the businesses but also for local contractors doing the upgrades. Lighting and energy costs are always something that business leaders want to reduce and we have found that these types of upgrades often provide a payback in less than 3 years. Of course, businesses are also looking to reduce the ecological footprint of purchasing policies, especially for things like paper products and cleaners. We help them take a comprehensive look at the whole supply chain,” said Martha James Johnson, Energy Programs Coordinator at the High Country Conservation Center.

 Town Planner of Dillon, Ned West reports, “We’re really pleased with the strong interest in our Dillon Energy Smart business certification. The early success of this program demonstrates our communities’ commitment to sustainability.”


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The Town of Dillon at a Glance 

The Town of Dillon was incorporated Jan. 26, 1883 at the site of a trading post and stage stop. The town has moved three times: once to be closer to the railroad and a second time to be located between three rivers: the Blue, the Ten Mile and the Snake.

The third move began in 1956 when the Denver Water Board told the townspeople they must sell their property and be out of town by 1961. The final location for the town was selected on the shore of the new reservoir, where it continues to thrive today.

The Town of Dillon is a full-service community with a year-round residential and seasonal population of 2,766. Dillon¹s beautiful location in the heart of Summit County provides an unrivaled scenic backdrop for an abundance of summer activities. Its close proximity to Summit County¹s ski areas makes it a convenient lodging choice for winter vacationers. The many condominiums and motel rooms bring the peak population to about 5,200 people. 

The Dillon Town Center is home to many Summit County businesses, dining and entertainment opportunities: Dillon Reservoir, Dillon Marina offering boat rental, kayak and Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals, sailing lessons and guided sailboat tours and a seasonal lakeside bar and grill, post office, bowling alley, movie theatre and multiple parks featuring playgrounds, community spaces, ball field and hiking and biking trails. 

The Dillon Ridge Market Place stores, on Highway 6, are a mix of local and national businesses offering groceries, a movie theater, restaurants, sporting goods and more. 

Although Dillon has retained much of its small-town charm, it¹s definitely not sleepy.   
Summer in Dillon is unrivaled for family activities, with boating in Lake Dillon, Swing and Country Dance Nights, Friday Farmers Markets and weekend concerts at the open-air Lake Dillon Amphitheatre. Enjoy the vistas, fresh air and pocket parks while enjoying the more than 25 miles of paved recreation path that circles the lake.

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