Colorado recognizes state businesses for environmental leadership

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Castle Rock Water awarded 2021’s top prize

REMOTE (October 12, 2021):  Colorado’s Environmental Leadership Program has awarded 154 Colorado companies with a spot on this year’s ELP membership roll. To qualify, each of these companies had to  demonstrate an impressive commitment to environmental stewardship. ELP members represent a diverse array of businesses across the state, large and small, with unique and inspiring projects to reduce their environmental impact. 

This year, ELP also has announced Castle Rock Water as the 2021 winner of the annual 24-Karat Gold Award. The winner is chosen by fellow ELP members who feel the honoree has gone above and beyond required job duties to create and implement a sustainability initiative that has made a large impact on the environment, the economy and the community. Castle Rock Water stood out for its innovative  water reuse project in its community, which could ultimately save one-third of the town’s annual water consumption. To learn more about Castle Rock Water’s winning project, and to hear from their team, check out our 24K Gold Winners Page.

The 2021 ELP Awards and Recognition program will be a digital celebration of these environmental leaders, making the event easily accessible for anyone who would like to take part in celebrating and learning more about these leading Colorado companies. 

ELP recognizes companies as bronze-, silver- or gold-level leaders for voluntarily going beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and for their commitment to continual environmental improvement. This year’s program includes several new businesses, including five new Gold Leaders, five new Silver Partners, and 10 new Bronze Achievers. 

Carboy Winery, a new Bronze Achiever, saved roughly 400,000 wine bottles and corks from ending up in the landfill through the creative use of kegs and brite tanks for their wine distribution. New Gold Leader, Kodak Moments, developed a technology to distill and reuse their film's subwash, which has reduced their generation of chemical waste by up to 5,000 gallons a year. Other examples of creative sustainability projects by ELP members include: selling hand-crafted native bee habitat boxes, giving away free trees to plant, installing solar-powered phone chargers, and using packaging made from recycled ocean plastic.

Find out more about all our fantastic ELP members on our company profiles page.

About ELP

The Environmental Leadership Program is a statewide program that recognizes and awards organizations in Colorado that go beyond compliance with environmental regulations by advancing sustainability in Colorado. Any Colorado business, industry, office, educational institution, municipality, government agency, community, nonprofit, or organization is encouraged to apply for the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program. Interested prospects are welcome to reach out to Rayna Oliker, Environmental Leadership Program Administrator, at, or to visit the department’s website with any questions or for more information.