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by Megan Brown on 05/01/2009
Vail gets recognized for its renewable energy commitment.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Vail Resorts is one of the top green power purchasers in the country. EPA's 'Green Power Partnership' program recognizes and compiles renewable energy commitments from companies, government agencies and other large power consumers. It said the top 50 organizations buy nearly 11.8 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy annually.
Since 2006, Vail has been reducing its environmental footprint by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) for all 5 resorts, lodging properties, retail stores and its headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. Other top purchasers include Starbucks, the U.S. Department of Energy, the state of Pennsylvania, Johnson and Johnson, Pepsi and Intel. Intel has the top ranking.
Spokeswoman Kelly Kadyga, was quoted saying “We take a lot of pride in this initiative as we do with all of our environmental efforts through our (sustainability program). We carefully select initiatives that are beneficial to the environment because protecting the spectacular natural settings of our resorts is not only good for our business, it's also the right thing to do.”
Purchasing green power for its entire organization is one of many environmentally-focused efforts Vail has undertaken. It has vowed to: cut energy costs by 10 percent in the next two years, boost recycling programs, test solar panels on its property and switch to more energy efficient equipment.
Matt Scherr, Executive Director of Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability applauded Vail for investing in both energy efficiencies and renewable energy credits. Visit the EPA Green Power Partnership website to see Vail Resort's ranking.
I'm glad to see these organizations getting recognized for their renewable energy commitments. With these commitments, they are highlighting the importance of investing in renewable energy development and showing the business world how energy efficiency and renewable energy credits are a valuable combination.~ Megan
Megan Brown is the Client Relations Manager for Renewable Choice.