Actively Green 2015 ambassador profile: Veronica Moretti
Editor’s note: This is a weekly spotlight that celebrates a local person who works for an Actively Green 2015 participating sustainable business.
Name: Veronica Moretti.
Job: Director of room operations at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort.
What is Marriott’s role in promoting sustainability throughout its properties? One of Marriott’s core values is to serve the world and its vision is to be a hospitality leader by incorporating sustainable environmental practices. The belief is that these practices are not only good for the world, but they make business sense.
What are some examples? Recycling in guest rooms, loading docks and public areas, as well as having organic spa products, and reusing linens and towels rather than replenishing new sets each day, unless on request.
Besides brand standards such as recycling in guest rooms and public areas and reusing linens and towels, what unique green ideas has your Vail Marriott team implemented? Prior to last year, we had four complimentary, single-use water bottles in each of our rooms, replenished daily, (roughly 200,000 in a ski season) many of which ended up in the trash. This year, we changed the arrival gift. We provide reusable, aluminum water bottles given as a gift to our guests, and encourage them to refill them in their rooms or at one of our 15 new water stations.
What is your favorite green practice at home? At home, I use my reusable bag every time I go to the grocery store or Costco because I don’t want to create unnecessary waste from something I’d only use for 10 minutes.
My big hairy vision for a more sustainable Vail Valley includes … Seeing Vail become one of the first globally recognized sustainable destinations through the new Global Sustainable Tourism Council certification program.
The Actively Green 2015 Sustainable Business Certification program is a community-driven partnership supported by the town of Vail, Vail Valley Foundation, Sustainable Travel International and Walking Mountains Science Center. To get involved, go to http://www.activelygreen2015.com.