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Ever Vail shoots for top green standard

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO, Colorado

When Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz announced the Ever Vail ski village last year, he was asked what level of certification under Leadership and Energy and Environmental Development the project would shoot for.

We’ll see, he answered.

Skeptics might have assumed Vail Resorts would go for the lowest threshold, doing just enough to call the project LEED-certified.

A year and a half later, Katz and Vail Resorts have quieted those skeptics by aiming for the toughest benchmark ” platinum ” under the new LEED-Neighborhood Development program.

The $1.5 billion Ever Vail is one of just two projects across the country that have qualified on the platinum level. One expert at the University of Colorado said other developers had abandoned the Neighborhood Development program because it was too complex and time-consuming.

Good for Vail Resorts for stepping up. The lofty goal shows that VR is taking the “green” nature of this planned village seriously and has taken a hard look at what types of sustainability are feasible there. Buildings at Ever Vail would use 20 to 30 percent less energy and 30 to 50 percent less water.

Still, the project has to actually happen, and that’s a long way off. Ever Vail needs approvals from CDOT and the town of Vail. And then there’s the economy. The business climate has to be right for Vail Resorts to build the project and make money.

So, if and when it’s done, the sustainability of Ever Vail will be something that Vail and Eagle County can be proud of.

The ski industry ” and skiers ” will take notice, too. Maybe all those energy-efficient buildings will tip the scales when vacationers are picking between Deer Valley, Whistler or Vail.

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