Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Company will be recognized for their pollution prevention efforts at a ceremony at the state capitol today.
Gov. Steve Bullock will be presenting an Eco-Star Award from Montana State University to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Company. The awards are given to small businesses in Montana that make efforts over the past year in pollution prevention.
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft offer hiking, rafting, fishing and lodging adventures in and around Glacier National Park.
Last year, Glacier Guides joined a two-year program started by the Yellowstone Business Partnerships called UnCommon Sense that helps businesses work towards becoming environmentally responsible. Glacier Guides and Montana Raft Company’s efforts were diverse but focused primarily on waste reduction. Some specific efforts included replacing disposable items such as paper and plastic plates with reusable items, composting, recycling paper/cardboard/tin/glass/aluminum, not selling bottled water, teaching and practicing “Leave No Trace” ethics on all of their trips, refusing to use billboards and buying local and organic food when possible.
“We are a company that relies on a healthy environment and we are committed to becoming a more environmentally responsible company,” Marketing Director Corrie Holloway said in a statement. “I see that this is just the beginning for us, as there are constantly ways to improve and it’s hard to do everything at once. We hope that other companies will see that they too can implement small changes that can make a huge difference.”