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By Rachel Madison, Heather Stewart, Sarah Ryther Francom

November 5, 2013

Coldsweep Solutions

Since 2001, Coldsweep has been providing dry ice blasting services to help organizations like NASA, General Electric and ATK clean their generators. Using state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly equipment and processes, Coldsweep cleans generators so they run cooler and last longer.

The company’s latest technology, induction stripping, is able to clean the most trying projects but produces no secondary waste, substantially simplifies containment and cleanup, and uses less energy than traditional methods.

“The global cost of corrosion accounts for more than 3 percent of the world’s GDP, so we know that our induction stripping technology will have many opportunities to make a difference—perhaps it will become a game changer,” says Randell Heath, president of Coldsweep Solutions.

Coldsweep also offers a dust-free abrasive cleaning process, which is also an environmentally friendly cleaning process. “This gentle cleaning process uses recycled glass to gently scour surfaces to remove coatings or prepare surfaces to accept coatings,” Heath says. “It is 50 percent less abrasive than sandblasting and creates 95 percent less dust.

Heath hopes to continue helping organizations clean their generators, as well as innovating new and improved generator cleaning processes. “Our eco-friendly cleaning processes have helped customers in almost every industry meet their environmental goals.”

eFileCabinet, Inc.

Is your office towering with paperwork? eFileCabinet helps organizations go paperless by providing on-premise and cloud-based software solutions. “We eliminate the need for physical filing cabinets, pricey commercial real estate for storage and many hundreds of hours of labor required [because of] paper documents,” says Matt Peterson, CEO of eFileCabinet.

Founded in 2001, eFileCabinet works one-on-one with companies that have traditionally experienced heavy paper consumption due to regulatory demands, compliance issues, etc. Its solutions allow companies to electronically store any file format, easily search and retrieve files, remotely share files, provide electronic signatures and manage documents through free mobile apps. After adopting the eFileCabinet solution, most companies report a reduction in paper consumption by 90 percent.

Peterson says modern companies should strive to provide services that meet both business and environmental needs to have a lasting positive impact in the marketplace. “It needs to be a two-way street,” he says. “We believe that both environment and business needs can be met without mutually exclusive limits.”

Cottonwood Canyons Foundation

For more than a decade, the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation has worked to improve the environment in the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. The nonprofit organization is a remarkable partnership between Alta, Brighton, Solitude and Snowbird resorts, as well as Salt Lake City and the U.S. Forest Service.

“The Cottonwood Canyons are one of the most highly used portions of the National Forest in the country,” says Jessie Walthers, executive director of the foundation. This popularity leaves some significant wear and tear on the environment, so each year the foundation marshals an enthusiastic volunteer force to perform comprehensive trail maintenance, restore native vegetation and combat invasive weed species. 

The foundation’s volunteers “are very much the heart and core of what we do,” says Walthers. “We have a large reach, and that’s because of our volunteers.”

The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation also has an outreach and education element. It organizes the annual Wildflower Festival, educational field trips for children, snowshoe tours and ranger tours at the four resorts, among other programs.

In 2012 alone, more than 850 volunteers contributed roughly 4,600 hours to the foundation’s environmental and trail restoration efforts. Its educational programs reach about 14,000 people each year.

Wasatch Solar Challenge

The price of solar technology has begun to fall—but “soft” costs like permitting rules, zoning restrictions, approval times, inspection delays and fees are keeping the total cost solar prohibitively expensive for many consumers and developers. The Wasatch Solar Challenge is a partnership between local governments and nonprofit organizations that is trying to “streamline and simplify solar to reduce end costs for the user,” says Sara Baldwin, senior policy and regulatory associate at Utah Clean Energy, which leads Wasatch Solar Challenge.

“There is no state standard for solar permitting processes,” says Baldwin, so every city and county has its own fees and processes, which leads to confusion and delay—particularly for contractors.

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