Antlers at Vail offers free night’s lodging to volunteers |

Antlers at Vail offers free night’s lodging to volunteers

Lauren GlendenningVail, CO, Colorado

VAIL For a few hours of sweat picking up trash along Vail Pass, you could get your second night free at The Antlers at Vail.The hotel announced its Trash Pickin & Picnickin Package Tuesday a deal where guests buy a night of lodging, help employees with their annual Vail Pass trash cleanup and get a second night free at the lodge June 21. The deal is being offered during the Healthy Homes Tour & Fair weekend, a green building display in Avon.The deal is more about the experience than about getting the free night, said Rob LeVine, the hotels general manager. The hotel won the Vail Valley Partnerships Green Business of the Year award for 2008. LeVine said one of the most important things about being green is to make sure others follow in your footsteps.The essence of environmentalism is to do your own thing, but encourage other people to do it, too, LeVine said. LeVine read about voluntourism, a concept combining volunteering and tourism, a couple of years ago and always wanted to do something with it at The Antlers. The Green Business of the Year award is something hes very proud of, so it seemed like the perfect time to do something, he said.Theres a poster in the office at the lodge that sums it up, he said. The poster, which quotes American philosopher William James, reads, I will act as if what I do makes a difference. We try to live by those words, and thats why we try to be green, LeVine said.The lodge staff has been doing the highway cleanup on Vail Pass for more than 20 years. LeVine has worked there about 30 years and said its something the staff looks forward to each year. Theres usually about 20 employees who show up and clean the highway for a couple of hours, then they head back to the lodge for a picnic and take the rest of the day off. You feel so good (after the cleanup), LeVine said. You feel like youve done something good for the world; its very rewarding, and I think our guests will pick up on that, too.The lodge encourages guests to save water by reusing towels. It also provides recycling bags in every room and employees also recycle everything they can, he said. Another way it stays green is by supporting other green businesses or groups in the valley. The Antlers at Vail is the official hotel for both the Vail Symposium and the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability. Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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