Beverly Hanstrom named Denver Business Journal 2016 Outstanding Women in Business Winner

Beverly Hanstrom, Colorado Medical Waste CEO/Owner named Denver Business Journal 2016 Outstanding Women in Business – Small Business Category.

The Denver Business Journal presented its 18th annual Outstanding Women in Business awards honoring women for their accomplishments at the luncheon on August 25th at the Denver Marriott. Out of 240 nominees, Beverly was selected as one of 36 finalists for the award.  Winners from 12 categories were named including a lifetime achievement award.  Dr. Donna Lynne, Lieutenant Governor and the COO State of Colorado was the keynote speaker.  The event was mc’d by Belen DeLeon from 9News.  Beverly is featured in the Denver Business Journal special edition  article which highlights her accomplishments.

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Beverly Hanstrom named 2016 Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business Winner

AURORA, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Denver Business Journal presented its 18th annual Outstanding Women in Business awards honoring women for their accomplishments. Out of 240 nominees, Beverly was one of 36 finalists. At the luncheon on August 25th at the Denver Marriott, winners from 12 categories were named including a lifetime achievement award. Dr. Donna Lynne, Lieutenant Governor and COO State of Colorado was the keynote speaker. The event was MC’d by Belen DeLeon from 9News. Beverly is featured in the Denver Business Journal special edition article which highlights her accomplishments.

Hanstrom’s company was also named a Colorado Companies to Watch winner in June, 2016 and is featured in ColoradoBiz magazine on pages 25 and 49.

Colorado Medical Waste has provided disposal service to generators along Colorado’s Front Range since 1992. Under Beverly’s leadership ozone processing was introduced to Colorado at her facility in Aurora.Using ozone gas, electricity and an industrial shredder, medical waste is converted to a confetti-like residual and reduced in volume by 90% with “ZERO” emissions! The eco-friendly process eliminates the public health effects and environmental impact of antiquated heat and energy intensive technologies while conserving valuable natural resources. State-of-the-art technology, industry expertise and award-winning service positions them at the forefront of environmental stewardship. Colorado Medical Waste is a small, minority, woman-owned business and leads the industry in 21st century sustainable medical waste management. Join Colorado Medical Waste and become environmental stewards and champions for change to reduce our carbon footprint. Together, we can make a difference!

EPA Announces Final Rules to Reduce Methane Gas Landfill Emissions

Methane Gas Wellhead and Sign
Methane Gas Wellhead – Methane is a Greenhouse Gas 84X More Potent Than CO2

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced the final rules that will help reduce methane emissions in municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. New, modified and existing landfills will soon begin capturing and controlling landfill gas emissions at levels that are one-third lower than the current required levels.

The new rules, which are expected to cut methane emissions by approximately 334,000 tons a year starting in 2025, are part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. These rules serve as an update to the 1996 standards for existing landfills and strengthen the proposed rule for new landfills that was issued in 2014.

Currently, MSW landfills are ranked the second largest industrial source of methane emissions in the U.S., but with the new rules, methane from landfills will be captured and utilized in place of other fossil fuels.

In addition to the new rules, the EPA will continue to offer its Landfill Methane Outreach program, which provides landfill owners and operators with tools and resources to better facilitate development of landfill gas energy projects.

At WasteExpo, Anne Germain, director of waste and recycling technology for the National Waste and Recycling Association; Matt Stutz, from Fort Worth, Texas-based Weaver Consultants Group; and Patrick Sullivan, senior vice president of SCS Engineers in Sacramento, Calif., discussed how landfill operators are preparing for the new source performance standards.

Beverly Hanstrom – Denver Business Journal’s 2016 Outstanding Women in Business Award Finalist

Beverly Hanstrom – Denver Business Journal’s 2016 Outstanding Women in Business Award Finalist

Finalists for Denver Business Journal’s 2016 Outstanding Women In Business Award were notified on July 8, 2016.  Out of 240 nominations 36 are finalists. The Denver Business Journal will select 13 women of excellence in business and community in the annual Outstanding Women in Business special section.

Finalists will be judged on their innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishments and community leadership. A special section dedicated to these women is scheduled August 26, 2016. In addition to the publication, there will be an Outstanding Women in Business awards event on Thursday, August 25, 2016.  Thank you Denver Business Journal for the recognition and congratulations fellow finalists.

2016 DBJ Outstanding Women in Business Finalists
Beverly is #34

Is there a sustainability imperative for the healthcare industry?


Healthcare, as we know it, is simply not sustainable. With growing realities including escalating costs shifting market access models; stakeholder and regulatory scrutiny; low patient trust; and an evolving physical environment threatening human health — the industry needs to make itself more sustainable.

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Inside the toxin-free hospital of the future

Hospitals cut environmental impact
Hospitals are working to cut environmental impacts.

Hundreds of changemakers from hospitals, health systems and medical products and supplier companies gathered in Dallas to learn and compare notes at the 13th CleanMed Conference in May, 2016. CleanMed is the nation’s largest conference focusing on sustainability in healthcare. Every year health care leaders work to accelerate their commitment to environmental sustainability and to spur a movement in regenerative health. These leaders have moved beyond protecting the environment and human health, to improving them.

Health care is the only sector of the economy that has healing at the core of its business. At CleanMed 2016, leaders were interested in creating a new social contract between health care and society, a contract that expands the healing mission outside its walls to the communities they serve and the environment that sustains us.

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Colorado Medical Waste Named 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Winner

(Left) Jerry Manzanares, Beverly Hanstrom, Matt Dizol – Gala Awards Reception 6/17/16

Colorado Medical Waste and 49 other companies were honored as 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Winners at the Gala Awards Celebration on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver.

50 companies selected each year make an astounding impact on Colorado’s economy. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities, and create new industries throughout the state.

Colorado Companies to Watch is a yearlong program. In addition to public acknowledgement of the winners’ success, ongoing PR, celebratory events, complimentary membership to the Association for Corporate Growth, winners become members of the growing CCTW alumni community and develop strong relationships with other business leaders, community partners, and government officials to become pillars in Colorado’s economic development.

2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Winners are featured in ColoradoBiz Magazine. Colorado Medical Waste can be seen on pages 25 and 41. Winners will be also be highlighted by KWGN-TV Channel 2 as Colorado’s Best in July.

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Colorado Medical Waste – 2016 Colorado Companies to Watch Finalist

2016 CCTW Logo

Colorado Companies to Watch recognizes companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries across the state. These companies are fueling the economic fire of Colorado by contributing economic growth throughout the state. Each year 50 companies are selected to become Colorado Companies to Watch winners. 1024 nominations were received. Beverly Hanstrom, CEO of Colorado Medical Waste was 1 of 76 companies selected to attend the Finalists Reception on Thursday, April 7th at the Governor’s Mansion.  Winners will be announced the week of April 18th followed by the Winners Welcome Event on 5/5/16 at the Marriott City Center in Denver, CO and on 6/17/16 at the Gala Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, CO.

Finalists Reception, Governor's Mansion
CCTW Finalists Reception, Governor’s Mansion April 7, 2016

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Colorado Medical Waste Owner Selected for National Stewardship Action Council Board

NSACBeverly Hanstrom was appointed to the National Stewardship Action Council Board for her sustainability efforts in medical waste management and for her regulatory experience.  Under her leadership she has been achieving support from Colorado legislators, environmental groups and water departments to support the development of national policy and take back programs to protect public health and the environment from improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and sharps and to reduce the death rate from drug abuse.  Meet the NSAC Board Members here. To learn more about NSAC click here.

Walgreens leads fight against prescription drug abuse and their impact on the environment

Walgreens Photo

Walgreens shows leadership with the first national effort of its kind by a retailer to reduce drug abuse, misuse and accidental overdose which reduces drugs and their impact on the environment.  Congratulations Walgreens for launching a safe medication disposal program with the installation of kiosks in more than 500 stores in 39 states and for being a model of stewardship!  It’s great to see Colorado on the list of participating states.  I’d like to see King Soopers, our local grocery store/pharmacy chain join the effort.  We are gaining support from our legislative body to end the FDA’s guidance for flushing.  Greater participation, programs and policy are needed to reduce pollution and to increase prevention as the drug death rate in Colorado tops the national average.  We can make responsible decisions armed with knowledge of their effects on wildlife and from the recent alarming environmental health study which finds levels of hormone disrupting chemicals in children from improper disposal.

When, if not now is the time for change?  –  Beverly Hanstrom