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Vail Resorts achieves energy goals

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BROOMFIELD, Colorado – Vail Resorts said Thursday the company has achieved its 10 percent energy reduction goal announced in 2008.

CEO Rob Katz says the company will now try to cut another 10 percent of its energy use.

Vail Resorts was able to reduce its electricity and natural gas usage by 10.75 percent in three years through operating more efficiently.

Examples of the energy savings initiatives include performing energy audits at all Vail Resorts properties, replacing inefficient lighting and using motion sensors to shut off lights when rooms are unoccupied, making snowmaking systems more energy-efficient by using less compressed air and implementing a company-wide ‘Idle-wise’ program that limits the time company vehicles are idling.

To help put Vail Resorts’ 10 percent energy savings into perspective, the energy saved over the last three years is the equivalent to:

• Annual energy usage of 1,400 average U.S. homes.

• 22,801 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

• 2,335 acres of pine forest planted.

“We are thrilled to achieve our energy layoff goal,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “However, we are not stopping here. Vail Resorts remains committed to reducing our energy use further both because it’s the right thing to do for the environment and also because it’s the right thing to do for our company. Today I am announcing a new energy reduction goal, ‘The Next 10.'”

Vail Resorts says it will reassess operational efficiencies and examine ways to improve snowmaking, increase building automation, invest in free cooling and additional LED lighting upgrades, and research and implement additional energy efficient technologies to help achieve its 2020 goal.


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