Beau Jo's Colorado style pizza is committed to protecting our environment for future generations. Put your mouse pointer on a leaf below to see what your neighborhood Beau Jo's is doing to protect our environment:
Beau Jo’s is a Colorado company that utilizes both wind source and solar power in our restaurants. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint to preserve Colorado for future generations.
In 2005 Beau Jo’s started the use of compact fluorescent, setback thermostats, and being more responsible in turning on equipment only when needed. We continued our “Green Focus” in 2007 by initiating a wind power program purchasing 100% of our power through wind source energy for our corporate office, Idaho Springs restaurant, University Hills restaurant, Arvada restaurant, our corporate warehouse and Evergreen restaurant making us one of the largest user of Excel energy's wind source program for 2007. Beau Jo’s also installed 48 kW of solar photovoltaic solar arrays (35 kW in Idaho Springs, 10kW in Boulder and 3 kW in our warehouse).
Beau Jo’s expanded our recycling programs in 2008 in Denver and Glenwood Springs by expanding the use of recyclable to go containers and utensils, T-shirts, hats, (bamboo & organic), and reducing paper in office.
During our construction of our new Boulder restaurant, we utilized many green building practices including:
1) Create(d)- A micro top composite flooring, utilizing Colorado's beetle kill pine throughout with its unique staining color and texture.
2) Reuse(used)- tables, many items in kitchen including dirty side and clean side of dish washing system, stainless steel, vent hoods, walk-in cooler, warming cabinets, make line, mixers, etc. energy Star appliances where possible i.e. dishwasher, ice machines, warming cabinet.
3) Reduce- (use less) replaced throwaway kids cups with a reusable kid’s cup saving nearly 100,000 plastic cups a year, only one napkin per customer unless the additional napkins requested, installed waterless urinals, dual flush toilets, low-flow pre-rinse, variably controlled makeup air system, and the most efficient HVA system available.
4) Recycle- (goal) reduce post-consumer waste by 90% via composting, reducing (reusable cups, electric hand dryers in bathrooms) and recycling glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard, tin and plastic.
In 2009 we started to install dual flush toilets and other water saving devices in Idaho Springs and initiated recycling in Idaho Springs recycling up to 12 yards per week. Reducing our waste stream significantly. Beau Jo’s installed an electric hand drying system, again reducing waste stream. Our Arvada restaurant installed an instant hot water unit.
Idaho Springs alone has saved over 45 tons of CO2 via its solar photovoltaic system when combined with our 10 kW system in Boulder and 3 kW system on our warehouse plus our extensive use of wind source energy we have saved even more CO2.
We continually strive to find new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. We strive to use recycled components whenever and wherever possible. Beau Jo’s uses recycled paper in our office and strive to go paperless at the same time using recycled paper in our menus, green materials, in our clothing including bamboo hats and organic cotton in our T-shirts