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Vail Resorts honored for its eco-initiatives

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

BROOMFIELD ” Vail Resorts was honored Monday by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as a leader in social responsibility in the travel industry as a winner of the magazine’s 2008 World Savers Awards in the category of environmental protection.

Vail Resorts was one of six global travel companies picked from 142 applicants by a panel of judges for Conde Nast Traveler’s environmental leadership awards. The company was recognized for its commitment to renewable energy, its “energy layoff” conservation program and its forest conservation partnership with the National Forest Foundation, a nonprofit group associated with the U.S. Forest Service.

“The Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Awards recognize companies that are stepping up to the challenge of improving our world,” said Conde Nast Traveler editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska. “This year’s finalists are setting standards in social responsibility in ways that we hope will become models for the entire travel industry.”

Vail Resorts chief executive officer Rob Katz said the magazine honor is a reflection of the company’s hard work on its environmental initiatives.

“At Vail Resorts, our product is the great outdoors and as such, we have a special obligation to protect the environment in which we live and work,” Katz said. “But, we’re not resting on these laurels. We are continuously looking for ways to further improve the already exceptional experience we provide our guests and to do so in a responsible and sustainable way.”

In August of 2006, Vail Resorts committed to offset 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy credits. Vail Resorts also entered into a partnership with the National Forest Foundation, a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, to create one of the largest donation-based forest conservation programs of its kind, that has raised almost $1 million to date.

In the fall of 2007, Vail Resorts launched an energy conservation program that was then expanded in the spring of 2008 with the announcement of a companywide “energy layoff” with the goal to reduce the company’s energy consumption by 10 percent over two years.

Vail Resorts Monday announced that it will achieve a 5 percent reduction in its energy consumption for its fiscal year ending July 31, 2009.

Those measures include:

– Companywide implementation of a program started at Beaver Creek called IdleWise that limits idling time on all company vehicles to five minutes or less;

– Upgrades and enhancements to snowmaking systems;

– Installation of motion sensors and programmable thermostats; and

– Mandatory adherence to Energy Star criteria for all capital projects.

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