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8 Lexington companies honored for their sustainability efforts

Shawn Burns of Crank and Boom Craft Ice Cream.
Shawn Burns of Crank and Boom Craft Ice Cream.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2017) – Eight local companies were honored yesterday afternoon for joining the Green Check program in 2017. Green Check is a certification program that recognizes businesses for their green initiatives and helps them expand their sustainability efforts.

Those companies are:

· Klausing Group, silver level
Klausing Group is a local commercial landscaping company. Klausing has outfitted its headquarters with a rain garden, a green living roof, and a water catchment system, which supplies the company with water for landscaping projects.

· Broomwagon Coffee + Bikes, bronze level
Broom Wagon has installed LED lights and water-efficient toilets. The business uses recycled wood for its display cases, kitchen and store shelving and other interior décor. It participates in Seedleaf’s composting program and has onsite rain barrel for watering its organic garden.

· The Living Arts & Science Center, bronze level
The center has a permeable parking lot and its new building has energy efficient windows. The center’s pollinator and rain gardens and are both environmentally-friendly and inviting. Employees have participated in storm drain stenciling and storm drain art projects in surrounding neighborhoods.

· Meadowthorpe Coin Laundry, bronze level
This company replaced old washers and dryers with more efficient units and added LED exterior lighting. Patrons are encouraged to recycle right with picture-based signs. The laundromat also participates in a detergent cap recycling program with a local school in which caps are collected and used to make benches.

· Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream, member level
Crank and Boom has information in their kitchens about recycling, grease disposal, and other environmental issues. A designated sustainability coordinator leads the company’s green initiatives. Upcycled bike racks are installed for use by customers and employees.

· IntegrityIT, member level
IntegrityIT has been specializing in cyber security and IT services for healthcare providers since 2000. IntegrityIt has a policy that reduces e-waste, uses natural light in the office whenever possible, and offers a tele-commuting option for employees.

· Post Time Studios, member level
Post Time Studios is Kentucky’s largest video production company. It has a power-down policy during non-business hours, offers a telecommuting option for employees, and has replaced incandescent and CFL lights with LED ones.

· Wrap Me Day Spa, member level
This company has taken steps to be more energy efficient, has created a landfill diversion program, and has taken part in a community reforestation project. Owner Sonja Gregory says few things are more sustainable than one’s good health.

Green Check is a program of the city’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works.

Applications are being accepted for 2018. The program is free and open to any business or organization in Lexington-Fayette County. The application, along with more information about the Green Check program and participating businesses, can be found at www.LexingtonKY.gov/GreenCheck