Inaugural ‘Steps to Sustainability’ event a success

A couple hundred Tri-State employees took advantage of the first ever “Steps to Sustainability” event held on Friday, Oct. 1 at the association’s Westminster headquarters. The day began with an opportunity for employees to recycle their electronic waste in partnership with Waste Management Recycle America, and included such items as outdated televisions, computer monitors, cell phones and batteries.

Later, in the Hub Thompson Conference Center, employees visited with Tri-State energy experts and representatives from the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, Namaste Solar, Xcel Energy and more. Attendees walked away with valuable information relating to environmental, social and economic sustainability.

“Based on the number of Tri-State personnel that participated, it is obvious that sustainability is an area of interest with our employees and we plan to provide future events. There was tremendous enthusiasm and discussion with the various vendors. Special thanks to all who helped make this event a reality,” said Chris Gilbreath, Tri-State’s water, waste and EMS compliance manager.

Update: 2,790 pounds of e-waste was collected.  Specifically:

  • 1,495 lbs in monitors
  • 1,140 lbs of lowgrade items (copiers, fax machines, cables, printers)
  • 165 lbs of central processing units (laptops, processors, towers, etc.)

All items will be part of a detailed disassembly, spearation and recycling process conducted by Waste Management Recycle America.

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