Town of Vail officially honored as a ‘Top 100 Sustainable Destination’ |

Town of Vail officially honored as a ‘Top 100 Sustainable Destination’

A delegation from the town of Vail and Walking Mountains Science Center traveled recently to Portugal, where the town was honored as one of the world's Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. Pictured, from left, are Melissa Kir of Walking Mountains, the town of Vail's Kristen Bertuglia and Mark Hobliztel, and Vail Town Council member and Walking Mountains founder Kim Langmaid.
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VAIL — Vail has been named to the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in 2017 by Green Destinations. The Top 100 list was announced during the Global Green Destinations Gala in Cascais, Portugal, in celebration of World Tourism Day.

Representing Vail during the Thursday, Sept. 28, presentation were Kim Langmaid, founder and vice president of Walking Mountains Science Center and a Vail Town Council member; Kristen Bertuglia, town of Vail environmental sustainability manager; Mark Hoblitzell, town of Vail environmental sustainable coordinator; and Melissa Kirr, Walking Mountains sustainability programs director.

This is third year of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations competition sponsored by Green Destinations, a nonprofit organization for sustainable tourism. Vail and the Jackson Hole/Yellowstone National Park region are the only U.S. destinations making the Top 100 list for 2017.

Vail and the other nominees were required to provide extensive information about their sustainability initiatives and their local and global impacts. The review process included an evaluation of 15 core criteria of the Green Destinations standard, including cultural heritage conservation, solid waste reduction, accessibility and landscape and scenery.

“This nomination and award serve as a springboard to elevating Vail’s work in sustainability to be compared with not only peer resort communities, but global leaders in resource preservation, ecological protection, cultural, educational, and societal advancements. Communities in the Top 100 are models in sustainable development and tourism and are dedicated to the exchange of best practices,” Bertuglia said.

A total of 155 nominations were received from 57 countries. All nominations were evaluated by experts of the Green Destinations Top 100 Team and by members of the special Top 100 Selection Panel, which included more than 60 tourism sustainability experts.

Vail Mayor Dave Chapin said the designation is a proud moment for the entire community.

“To be in the company of these other great destinations is an incredible honor and speaks to the breadth of our local efforts,” Chapin said.

Fritz Bratschie, regional environmental sustainability manager for Vail Resorts, agreed.

“We are pleased that the collective efforts of the destination are being recognized by such a prestigious entity and we are excited to continue collaborating on sustainability in Vail,” Bratschie said.

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To see the full list of evaluation criteria and the list of all the Top 100 destinations, go to the town of Vail’s website.

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