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Local lodges honored for environmental efforts

Evan Semon, special to the Daily

AVON — East West Resorts Beaver Creek, Falcon Point Resort, Poste Montane Lodge and The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain were honored recently at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's 2015 Environmental Leadership Awards.

East West Resorts Beaver Creek and Poste Montane Lodge were honored as Gold Leaders and Falcon Point and The Westin Riverfront were honored as Bronze Achievers.

The Environmental Leadership Program is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's sustainability program. It recognizes companies for going beyond state and federal environmental regulations and for their continual commitment to environmental improvement. A total of 160 Colorado businesses were recognized.

East West Resorts' Efforts

“East West Resorts continues to implement unique new ways to make all of our lodging properties as eco-friendly as possible, which we know our guests and owners appreciate.”Peter DannExecutive vice president, director of operations, East West Resorts

East West Resorts' efforts to reduce its environmental impacts by engaging their associations, owners, guests and community through the use of responsible products and sustainable practices. A number of the company's managed properties — including The Ascent, Eagle Point, Eye Pieces, Falcon Point, Poste Montane Lodge, Vail Spa and The Wren — have been certified by the Vail Valley's Actively Green program, a partnership with the global nonprofit Sustainable Travel. The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa was Colorado's first resort to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Wren, the Vail Spa and Falcon Point have also been honored by the TripAdvisor Green Leaders Program, which ranks properties on the number of green practices they have in place, from linen and towel re-use to green roofing. For this year, the Wren was honored as a Gold Property, the Vail Spa was ranked Silver and Falcon Point was honored as a Bronze Leader.

"We are thrilled to have our properties recognized with this fantastic green accolade from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment," said Peter Dann, East West Resorts executive vice president and director of operations. "East West Resorts continues to implement unique new ways to make all of our lodging properties as eco-friendly as possible, which we know our guests and owners appreciate."

For more information about East West Resorts, go to http://www.eastwestbeavercreek.com or call 970-763-7126.

For more information about the Poste Montane Lodge, go to visit http://www.postemontane.com or call 970-845-7500.

For more information about Falcon Point resort, go to http://www.falconpointresort.net or call 970-949-4416.

For more information about the Westin Riverfront, go to http://www.westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com or call 1-866-949-1616.