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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Going Green!
(2007-04-12)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Durango and La Plata County citizens, government leaders, and business owners were treated to a day of education on "going green" yesterday.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

CASE: THE WHOLE WORLD SEEMS TO HAVE GONE GREEN, HERE IN THE U.S.
Scot Case, an internationally recognized expert on the "green movement," spent Wednesday in Durango holding workshops on the importance of making everyday purchases and practices more environmentally friendly.
Much of the day he spent talking with purchasing agents from public and government institutions on how to effectively integrate green buying into their institutions.
CASE: IT'S ACTUALLY POSSIBLE TO USE TAXPAYER DOLLARS WISELY TO BUY MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRODUCTS.
He told them examples of going green are coming, surprisingly, from the highest levels of goverment.
CASE: PRESIDENT BUSH, JUST AT THE END OF JANUARY, ACTUALLY SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT RQUIRES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO BUY GREEN COMPUTERS, BUY COMPUTERS THAT MEET THE NEW EPEAT COMPUTER STANDARD, AND THAT'S ACTUALLY A FIRST.
Case, who has consulted for the likes of Wal-Mart, Microsoft, and Starbucks also spoke to local businessowners and others about the benefits of being a green business.
CASE: THERE IS ENORMOUS MONEY TO BE MADE BY GOING GREEN. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF VERY LARGE BOX STORE RETAILERS THAT HAVE RECENTLY GOTTEN VERY INTERESTED IN MAKING SURE THE PRODUCTS THEY ARE SELLING ON THEIR STORE SHELVES ARE SAFER, ARE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE. SO IN MANY CASES THESE LARGE RETAILERS ARE ACTING ON THE AVERAGE CONSUMERS BEHALF.
And he presented at an evening session held at Fort Lewis College, open to the public.
CASE: I THINK INCREASINGLY THE AVERAGE CONSUMER UNDERSTANDS THAT EVERY PURCHASE THEY MAKE HAS SOME HIDDEN HUMAN HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH IT. WHETHER IT'S THE CLEANING PRODUCTS PEOPLE ARE USING OR THE COMPUTER'S THEY'RE USING AT HOME. CHEMICALS IN THE BLOOD STREAM, JUST AS AN EXAMPLE, WHAT YOU WOULD FIND IS THE AVERAGE PERSON HAS SOMEWHERE NORTH OF 120 CHEMICALS IN THEIR BLOODSTREAM, AND THESE ARE CHEMICALS THAT DIDN'T EVEN EXIST BEFORE 1940. WHERE DID THESE CHEMICALS COME FROM, ARE THEY LINKED WITH RISING CANCER RATES, WHAT'S THE CAUSE. PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS ARE ACTUALLY LINKED WITH MUCH BROADER, GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES.
Case admits, some green products may cost more, but others cost less and some, like compact flourescent lightbulbs, can actually pay off in the long term.
He admits the number of green products available is limited but it is on the rise.
CASE: I'M NOT GOING TO BE PERFECTLY HAPPY UNTIL ALL PRODUCTS ARE GREEN JUST BY DEFAULT. BUT I THINK IF YOU ACTUALLY TRACK THE TRENDS THE INTEREST IS ACCELLERATING RAPIDLY.
And that interest appears to be on the rise locally, according to Kent Ford who coordinated Case's visit to Durango for the Green Business Rountable.
FORD: WE'RE FINDING THAT COMPANIES ACROSS THE BOARD AND A LOT OF INSTITUTIONS ARE REALLY STEPPING UP. A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS LIKE CITY OF DURANGO THAT HELPED BRING SCOTT HERE ARE ALREADY DOING A LOT OF THINGS, BUT I SEE ACROSS THE BOARD PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN DOING MORE, AND DOING BETTER AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO DO IT BEST, SO IT'S A LEARNING PROCESS I THINK FOR EVERY BUSINESS AND EVERY ONE OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS.
Bank of the San Juans, The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado and the Fort Lewis College Environmental Center also helped sponsor Wednesday's workshops.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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