By Natasha Emmons
Auto painting and body works giant Maaco Enterprises Inc. will be seeing green if Denver-area franchisee and environmental-management advocate Judi Sorensen has her way.
Sorensen, who helped launch a coalition in Denver called the Northeast Metro Pollution Prevention Alliance (NEMPPA) last December, hopes to help the environment through workshops aimed at community businesses.
"One of the greatest obstacles to both compliance [with environmental laws] and pollution prevention is lack of information," says Sorensen. At NEMPPA's first workshop in May, auto-paint suppliers provided information on environmentally friendly practices that save companies money. More workshops are planned for the auto-body industry this winter.
Funding has come from the Environmental Protection Agency and international petroleum company DuPont/Conoco Inc. Maaco is providing support in the form of information resources.