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Energy Conservation Key for Vail's 2010 Goals

sustainable-business icon by on 04/21/2009

Their commitment includes replacing thousands of light bulbs, renewable energy investments and more.

Vail ResortsVail Resorts has announced next steps for reducing its environmental footprint, including cutting 10% of its energy consumption by 2010, Vail Resorts has recently replaced more than 25,000 light bulbs with compact fluorescents in 60 properties. An old boiler also got replaced with a high-efficiency one that cost $300,000 but will pay for itself in 5-7 years and will cut down energy use by 5 to 7 percent.

Vail has been choosing to make more sustainable choices throughout its property for many years. In 2006, Vail Resorts became the second largest corporate commitment to wind power in the country when it started offsetting 100% of its electricity use with renewable energy credits through Renewable Choice. Then in 2007, Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz was challenged by Governor Bill Ritter to reduce energy use and emissions. It accepted the challenge and launched an internal program call ‘Use Less.. Do More.’

The work at Vail is being recognized. The Great Divide Lodge in Breckenridge was recently awarded an Energy Star Award by the Environmental Protection Agency. The award is given to commercial buildings and industrial plants that rank in the top 15% of facilities for energy efficiency. The Lodge in Breckenridge showed an average energy use that is over 49% lower than the national average for similar hotels, according to the Summit Daily News.

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Vail Resorts has continued to discuss and implement corporate sustainability solutions as promised. With environmentally responsible leaders like Rob Katz leading by example, other organizations are following with both energy efficiency investments and renewable energy commitments. Having both external and internal sustainability initiatives in place also shows the depth of Vail's commitment to corporate responsibility.
~ Megan

Megan Brown is the Client Relations Manager at Renewable Choice.