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vail goes green

 Colorado Landscape

Vail Resorts is a major cooperation that controls 5 mountain resorts and hundreds of hotels across the nation.  This is one company that understands the carbon footprints that are left by major coorporations and is actively making an effort to reduce their carbon emissions. 

2 years ago Vail Resorts announced that they would purchase wind power credits that equal 100% of its annual energy use.  Vail Resorts estimates the 152,000 megawatt hours of wind energy credits it will buy through a Colorado-based broker are equal to eliminating 211 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year. That is the equivalent of taking 18,000 cars off the road.

Since they’ve started supporting energy conservation and renewable energy, they continue to explore ways to reduce energy use throughout all of their operations. Some of these methods include….

1. Partnering with the National Forest Foundation in raising money for conservation projects in Colorado’s White River National Forest.

2. Building the largest LEED-certified resort in North America.  “Ever Vail” is projected to be open in 2010.

3. Serving only natural, hormone-free meats and organic dairy products in their on-mountain restaurants.

4. Recycles 70% of on mountain waste, and uses post-consumer recycled goods (cups, napkins, utensils)

5. Improving wildlife habitat through highway cleanup, river cleanup, supporting local groups that protect our region’s animals and plants, and scheduling mountain closing dates around the natural migration and mating seasons of local wildlife.

Learn more about Vail Resort’s commitment to the environment at and don’t forget to do your part in protecting the environment

Kelsey–Vail, CO


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