What does it mean to really be green – to make serious changes that may not be easy but are better for the ecosystem we call Mother Earth? Many Denver businesses are finding out as part of the Denver Pollution Prevention Partners program, also known as Denver P2 Partners.
The Green Road
Serendipity was already doing the fundamentals of environmentally smart business practices when Laura Zaspel, co-owner and Green Event Specialist, learned about the Denver Pollution Prevention Partners program.
Laura said earning the certification was simply the next step on Serendipity’s journey as the leader in green catering.
Serendipity is the first catering company in Denver to become certified under the program. Evan Dreyer, deputy chief of staff for the Denver mayor’s office, presented the certificate of recognition to Laura at a recent lunch hosted at Serendipity.
Below is a partial list of changes Serendipity put into place to earn the certification:
- Establish and implement a written operations and maintenance plan for refrigeration equipment including regular coil and gasket cleaning and replacement
- Implement a composting program
- Purchase 10 percent of food from locally grown/produced sources
- Set-up staff carpooling to events
Ultimately, these practices give you an idea of Serendipity’s commitment to being green.
Having a master’s degree in environmental management, Laura began her professional life working for the U.S. Department of Energy (Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology). It was in graduate school where she realized the country needed to make enormous changes and quickly. As a result, she hoped to help formulate those changes working for the federal government. Even before Serendipity, our green road was already formulating.
“It really was an open your eyes and look at the world moment,” Laura said. However, after several years on the government job, Laura began to realize she could have a bigger impact on the local level.
“Change comes from grassroots,” Laura said. She said her role as a green catering leader has allowed her to help other businesses enhance their green practices.
About P2 Partners
Denver P2Partners was started in 2009 to improve the environmental performance of businesses throughout the city. In addition, the program is voluntary, non-regulatory and confidential.
Businesses must meet specific standards in five major areas:
- Business management.
- Energy efficiency and conservation.
- Water conservation and quality.
- Resource management.
Different industries have different standards to meet. Serendipity qualified under the restaurant category. The goal of the program is to partner with businesses to create more sustainable practices. The program is customizable to meet the needs of any business, and all participants receive recognition from the city.
Consequently, some of the programs do cost money to implement. Laura recommends the excellent resources available through the City of Denver to help.
As for Serendipity, the next step on the green road will be fostering more relationships with local farmers and increase locally sourced ingredients. We are also aiming to improve the education of staff and clients to ensure sustainable choices are being made. Our goal is to maintain a healthy standard throughout the entire catering process, whether it is a wedding, birthday party or corporate event.
Give us a call today! Help us stay on the green road with our green menu.