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Cordillera plans green initiatives

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

CORDILLERA, Colorado ” The new Cordillera Green Team ” comprised of representatives from the Cordillera Metro District, the Club at Cordillera and the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera ” has been brainstorming on a long list of new “green ideas” for implementation in 2009.

Green initiatives planned by the Cordillera Green Team include:

– Composting operations. Employees at Cordillera’s golf course, equestrian and restaurant facilities will be storing organic materials, such as grass clippings and manures on-site in newly built “tumblers,” or 55-gallon drums modified for the purpose. The resulting compost material will be transported regularly to a site near Cordillera’s Town Park, scheduled to open June 1.

– Community gardens. Fenced-in community gardens, also scheduled to open June 1, will be open to Cordillera property owners and club members to grow their own herbs and vegetables; employees from Cordillera’s Timber Hearth Grille and Chaparral restaurants also may use the community gardens as testing grounds for their own fresh produce, herbs and flowers. The fenced-in, raised planting beds will be constructed using timbers of pine-beetle-killed trees from the local area.

– “Pre-cycling.” Cordillera has identified methods for using and developing items that create less waste, including:

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Purchasing supplies, from landscaping items to vehicle-maintenance products to food stocks, in bulk when possible, instead of in individual containers. Going “paperless” with payroll and other administrative operations. Moving away from bulky, expensive brochures and toward DVDs and Web-based materials for marketing purposes. Printing the Club’s annual magazine, Cordillera Living, on recycled paper.

– Community involvement, including volunteering at the Community Pride Highway Clean Up and the Community River Clean Up. Cordillera has also joined Destination Preservation and Environmental Sustainability, a joint environmental program of the Vail Valley Partnership and the town of Vail.

– Adopting “green” policies. The Cordillera Property Owners Association and the Cordillera Metro District have adopted a policy statement called “Greening Cordillera,” which establishes procedures and programs to execute new federal “greening” laws and regulations.

For more information on the Cordillera Green Team, call Lisa Isom at 926-9669 or e-mail her at For more information about Cordillera, visit or

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