Vail, EVAS offer sustainability training to businesses |

Vail, EVAS offer sustainability training to businesses

Enterprise staff report

The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability will co-host a two-day training session with the town of Vail to provide regional businesses with interactive training on sustainability best-practices tailored to the unique attributes of travel, tourism and hospitality. The training will be facilitated by the globally recognized organization Sustainable Travel International and will take place on Sept. 4 and 5 at the Antlers at Vail. This training is the first in a series of activities aimed at enhancing sustainability best-practices in preparation for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.

“The training will focus on real world situations and affordable solutions to help local businesses improve their triple bottom line – economic, environmental and social. I am thrilled at the opportunity to partner with the Town of Vail, Sustainable Travel International, and the 2015 Environmental Committee to bring this world-class training opportunity to the Vail Valley,” said Kim Langmaid, President/CEO of Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

The hands-on style training is designed for tourism and hospitality professionals, including hotel managers, restaurateurs, spa operators, tour operators, transportation providers, destination managers, resort operators, and green team leaders. Participants will gain a sophisticated understanding of sustainability policies and management frameworks, examine industry best-practices, learn about no-cost and low-cost sustainability solutions, and prepare for all levels of STI eco-certification. This program is the gold standard and one of the first programs formally recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

The Sonnenalp at Vail and the Osprey in Beaver Creek have both been eco-certified by Sustainable Travel International.

“The program has given us a straightforward road map on how to implement healthy and environmentally friendly business practices and in doing so, we have seen energy and water usage and costs decrease while boosting employee morale and receiving positive responses from our guests. We are pleased to have experienced the wonderful benefits of the ‘people, planet, profit’ theory behind this program,” said Johannes Faessler, owner of the Sonnenalp Hotel and Chairman of the 2015 Lodging Committee.

“We are proud to have so many partners in this effort to make our community environmentally sustainable, and set an example for our visitors and residents. The 2015 Championships are a perfect catalyst to rally the community,” said Vail Sustainability Coordinator Kristen Bertuglia.

The cost of the two-day training is $150 for EVAS business members and $200 for non-members. To register, please contact Melissa Kirr, Education and Outreach Coordinator at (970) 827-9999 or by email at

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