The Snowmass Water and Sanitation District, the Capitol Peak HOA, and Base Village Master Association (both managed by Snowmass Hospitality) ultimately took home the 2014 Snowmass Village Environmental Award for creative and high impact projects saving both water and energy (learn more about these projects in our press release
). But the incredible applicant pool showcased the strong environmental commitment of many individuals and companies in our backyard.
Here were the 2014 nominees:
During their recent renovation Clark's Market made significant green improvements. They installed LED lighting almost exclusively, purchased and installed new refrigerated display cases that are Energy Star compliant, installed a new integrated control system fo rcoolers and freezers that monitor all phases of energy use, upgraded heating and cooling systems, and installed new plumbing fixtures that meet new green codes.
The Viceroy recently installed a new water treatment system in their water cooling tower called "The Silver Bullet." This system eliminates the use of chemicals in water treatment processes, and conserves energy and water. The system also qualifies for LEED credits, allowing the hotel to continue their progress as one of the few LEED Gold hotels in Colorado.
Aspen Skiing Company Guest Services Dept.
The Guest Services Manager started a recycling program for the Snowmass Mall, and added recycling containers to highly trafficked areas. In addition, a composting program was implemented at the Spider Sabich Picnic area, allowing all plates, drinking cups, and plastic utensils to be composted. This program has significantly reduced the amount of trash created, and has also improved the guest experience.
Gretchen Bleiler/ALEX Bottles
Bleiler has been a vocal advocate for conservation and the environment at a national level. She recently developed an eco stainless steel water bottle and has launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to get the project funded, and bring these bottles into production. Her project will help reduce the use of plastic water bottles in the Village and beyond.
Brite Ideas Bulb Recycling
Brite ideas provides mercury light bulb, thermostat, and battery recycling solutions for local municipalities, businesses, contractors, and homeowners. The company has been actively providing public information on the importance of recycling throughout the valley, and has been a key supporter of local energy efficiency retrofits.
The Environmental Advisory Board thanks all businesses and organizations that applied, and encourage you to throw your hat into the ring again next year. The application for the 2015 Environmental Award will open next fall.